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Longtime event director Hansen suggests new ways to hold the next curling season

Due to the widespread of Covid-19, there are a lot of curling competition being cancelled and the rest of all tournament within the 2020-2021season will have to undergo alternative changes to adapt to this new situation. These are having to face the most challenging situation as they would make a return soon in a few months ahead.

Arenas will soon be full of spectators and players again as the sports world will soon be kicked off, and curling, none of an exception, will have to follow some certain rules. The powerbrokers of the sports world will continue their work of exploring numerous possibilities for competitions and tournaments, however, with the uncertainty about potential restrictions about the crowd to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic.

The sight of thousands of curling fans gathering in a bonspiel for attending the match would likely disappear in at least a few upcoming weeks. Public events if taking place, have to be held behind the closed door, which seems to be quite boring.

Warren Hansen who is a Curling Canada Hall of Famer, spending over the past 20 years on running event operations for the national federation, says new ways is in need to be executed for at least get top curling competitions on television.

“Find a perfect arena which is close to the airport, make a deal with some hotels then try to stream the things online for at least your television audience,” Hansen said.

Considering some important factors such as air travel skittishness or restrictions hampering transport, Hansen gives opinions of holding events in major cities such as Winnipeg or Calgary, which will be perfect choices.

Holding competitions on these revenues, Hansen shared that the majority of the top curlers could be in the better mode and determination to take part in the competition.

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JONES: Curling championships of provinces are on its way to be combined

It has never been that easy for curling to be applied any changes throughout its history. When the stone of curling arrives, many spectators got fascinated by the movement of players, go kicking and screaming against it. However, the below change should be the most remarkable one.

For the first time in history, the provincial men’s and women’s curling championships, are going to be combined into one celebration of the sport and this interesting championship will take place in late January at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre in southwest Calgary.

The championship offers the chance for the comeback of Alberta, not under the traditional form of two annual shabbily showcased events, but will be combined into one exceptional event. This will be the special championship which combines the Alberta-hosted Briers and Curling Canada, Slam Tour and also other major international events.

Throughout its history, Alberta impressively provides the nation with different champions (11 out of the last 20 Brier champions are from the province). However, before being held in the Brier champions, the province already held different provincial championships which used to be ranked top 2 curling show by comparison.

Alberta’s own championships have been mostly underwhelming other cricket events which soon found difficulty in finding host cities and had to be held in a couple of curling clubs recently instead of being held on arena ice.

Due to the large spread and danger of Covid-19, most of curling championships as well as tournament were called off. Hence, Brier champion Brad Gushue and Scotties winner Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg weren’t able to be Canada’ representatives at the World Curling Championships. The curling player, Jill Richard spent her quarantine time staying at her home in Edmonton to set up clear plans for the project.

Richard, the first executive director of the newly formed Curling Alberta entity which now replaces the three regional associations of SACA, NACA and PCA, said that it has yet to be officially announced. However, if we take a closer look at this situation, the curling industry is in fact facing a lot of problems and has to overcome them soon.

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KIRK MUYRES WILL JOIN TEAM DUNSTONE SECOND FOR THE NEXT SEASON

Kirk Muyres and Matt Dunstone used to be teammates, then became provincial rivals and now are teammates once again, Kirk Muyres and Matt Dunstone will participate in a team soon for the upcoming season.

Dunstone made annoucement on Thursday that Muyres will take part in the Regina-based club second times and said his goodbye to Catlin Schneider earlier this week. Third Braeden Moskowy and the lead Dustin Kidby will be teammates once again and maybe sometimes compete with each other for rehearsals.

“Kirk’s experience and his loud achievement at the third and skip positions impressively make him become one of the most well-rounded players in curling field.” Dunstone shared his viewpoint on a social media post. “We’re all excited to see how he becomes one of the best seconds in the world. I am most looking forward to earn a Brier gold for Saskatchewan and also our collective dream of becoming Team Canada at the Olympics with the participation of Kirks!”

Muyres and Dunstone used to be the teammates of Steve Laycock’s team and won the 2018 SaskTel Tankard to represent Saskatchewan at the Brier. After parting away from each other to develope themselves in different new squads, Muyres and Dunstone became competitors as the participation of two provincial championship finals. While Muyres was the champion a year ago, Dunstone became on top this season and earned a bronze at the Brier.

Both Muyres and Dunstone have earned certain important success on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling circuit with Team Muyres while taking part in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 titles in 2018 and Team Dunstone claiming the Masters this season.

“I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my career with Matt, Braeden and Dustin,” Muyres said excitedly in the post. “This team has claimed that they can play and win in these important moments and their players can compete with the highest consistency against the top 1 teams in the world. The goal has always been to win the Brier and Olympic gold for Saskatchewan and I believe this group has the some secrective formula to make it come true. I am excited to bring my experience as a third and skip to help this team gain most success as possible as I can.”

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Curling at Olympics

TAKE A CRASH COURSE ABOUT A BRAND NEW SPORTS IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS – CURLING

Before the 2018 Winter Olympics, there might only be skiing or figure-skating which caught all spectators and Olympics fans attention. However, after the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place on Feb 8th, it was curling that started to make a huge impression on fans. Many people paid accomplishment to this brand new sports which totally enchanted and took their hearts away. However, to be honest, just a few curling fans actually know the rules as well as the origin of this sport. Below are some of the certain rules which curling fans should better get a clue to have a more thorough insight into their favorite sports.

What is Curling?

Curling is a sport that requires the whole team of about 4 players involved. It is played on an ice field in the shape of a rectangular with the participation of 2 teams, each team has 4 players. Curling is played with two types of brooms, either a brush “push-broom” in another name or a corn/straw/Canadian broom. These brooms are used to push large, dense granite rocks that weigh 44 pounds per broom. They are called curling rocks or curling stones. They are made of rare granite which is extracted from the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig. Curling gets another name as “the roaring game” because the stones while moving across the ice create such a loud rumbling sound. Players often play curling on a 42.07-meter-long and 4.28-meter-wide rink with a target or house (one is blue and the other is red with the circle shape on the ice). The surface of the ring is made from artificially created ice being sprinkled with water droplets meant to freeze into small drops on the surface. This is called “pebbled ice”. Pebbled ice is used to aid in the stone’s grip with the viewing to make curling more consistent.

Curlers’ mission is to draw their stones as close to the center of these circles as possible. The more scores they can make, the closer they will be to the victory. Curlers need to use sweeping brooms to upgrade the speed of each stone. Some special curling shoes are utilized by players to grip the ice well.

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GAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CURLING – HOW WAS IT FIRSTLY PLAYED AND DEVELOPED?

Curling, an interesting sports which is also called as the “Roarin’ Game”, as the roaring was inspired by the sound of the granite stone travelling acrossing the ice. The exact origin of the official name – “curling” has remained unknown to its fans. It is only known to be the world’s oldest team sports in the world.

However, it is discovered that there have been a painting which portrayed an activity which bears a striking resemblance to curling, being played on frozen ponds. The very first written document which recorded the process of playing curling was firstly seen in Latin, in 1940, which portrayed John McQuhin who is a notary living in Paisley, Scotland. In his protocol book, he recorded himself involving in a challenge between John Sclater, a monk in Paisley Abbey and Gavin Hamilton, a representative of the Abbot. This report showed the indication that Sclater was throwing a stone across the ice ground three times in total.
The most surprising factor is that such an interesting pastime like throwing stones across the ice ground, often taking place throughout the harsh condition of winter in Northern Europe like that can turn out to be such a renowned and well-recognized sports like nowadays. At this present, curling has been played in different professional worldwide tournaments and caught the attention of a large amount of fans.
At the very stage of curling, it was played on frozen lochs, ponds or lakes. When the weather condition turns out to be suitable and great for players, it is played pleasingly outside in some nations and regions. However, the large majority of curling competitions and tournaments take place in the indoor rinks for the safety of the play, where the condition and temperature of the ice is set beforehand and carefully under control.
The very first curling clubs being recognized were in Scotland during the period of the 19th century. It was then widely spread to other nations which feature cold climates with ice such as Canada, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand.

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INTO THE CIRCLE – CURLING HAS NEVER BEEN SO INTERESTING LIKE THAT

Into the Circle is an interesting game which makes use of every features as well as factors to create the branding of the famous Gameblyr which is well-renowned for extra simple but addictive games.

Into The Circle takes inspiration from Curling – one of the impressive sports being on the list of official competing games in The Winter Olympic Sochi 2014. For everyone who is still unknown to this fantastic sports – curling was firstly played in Russia 150 years ago and is now gradually developing in many nations all around the world.

Just as the real sport – curling, the mission of gamers in game mobile Into The Circle is to shot the little orange ball into a red circle and create points as much as possible. Players will be supported by a directional arrow combined with a force bar, after figuring out correct direction, it is time for you to keep the fingers on the screen to just shot as exactly as possible.

In Into The Circle, apart from the mission of putting the ball into the red circle, players need to make sight of and try to put the ball into the right “X” position. After finishing this mission, player will gain 1 Perfect point, if successfully scoring 3 successive points, player will have 1 Star to continue the game if difficulties arrives or to unlock various color interfaces.

Apart from directly putting the ball into the red circle as the traditional way being written above, players can still totally show off their skills and talents by shot over the backward missions and overlook the circle in the middle, or even more challenging, shot like a billiard player. The level of playing Into The Circle will increase gradually when the space between different goals is suddenly changed.

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TOP 10 BEST CURLING PLAYERS OF ALL TIME (TO BE CONTINUED)

1. Kevin Martin (Alberta)

Kevin Martin gained many important titles as a professional curling player such as Four Briers, One World Championship, One Olympic Gold Medal or 18 Grand Slams. He is well-known to feature the incredible run of wins on numerous provincial, national and international stages. In regarding of these precious trophies, Kevin Martin is appraised to be the greatest Canada male curler.  

The endless list of championship and titles that Martin has gained started with the win during his trip to the Tim Hortons Brier in 1991. He continued to gain more 3 titles in this tournament, including the back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2009.

In addition, he is also the final winner of the world curling championship in 2008, however, the most important and worth-reminding trophy of Kevin Martin must be his championship in the 2010 world curling, which successfully draw his team to the top step of the Olympic stage, which after then, won with a perfect record at the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Martin has created and executed a lot of great things throughout his curling career, including being the leader to propel the creation of the Grand Slam series as well as operating many development camps to support the growth of curling.

2. Glenn Howard (Ontario)

Glenn Howard is an impressive professional curler who has gained Four Briers, Four World Championships and 16 Grand Slams.

Apart from that, he is well-known to be the curlers who has taken part in most of Brier games in the world, which are 218 games in total. During these 218 games, he won the title 4 times and has become the first runner up a remarkable 7 times. 

During the total 4 trips to participate in the world championship, Glenn’s never slipped the chance of coming out on top.

Howard has won 16 Grand Slam titles and kept the record of being the ontario men’s titles with 17.

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BACK TO 1983 WHEN YELLOWKNIFE EXECUTED A SERIOUS CHEAT TO WIN THE CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP (TO BE CONTINUED)

Back to the very first time when Yellowknife made their first debut in national curling championship, they got into a worldwide troublesome scandal of cheating. Below is the story about some representative names such as Klaus Schoene,  Don Sian, Doug Bothamley and Randy Waddell who made history.

There was a renowned, remarkable team being gathered and smoothly operated before the championship of Steve Moss on the national scene, or before curling was taken over by the Koe kids in Yellowknife.

In 1983, the Elks Corby Cup took place in the NWT for the first time. At that present, it was held at the Yk Community Arena and hosted by the Yellowknife Elks Lodge. Lasting within 1 week, the Elks Cup still became an unforgettable memory for the hosting city and also for the participants who all thrived for history.

During this 1983 Elks Corby Cup curling tournament being held at the Yk Community Arena, Randy Waddell, left, Don Sian and Doug Bothamley watched their rock heading into the match’s rings. This trio, together with skip Klaus Schoenen, would continue pulling themselves together with the viewing to being the champion of the championship as well as earning the very first national curling title for Yellowknife. 

At that year, Klaus Schoenne and his rink of Don Sian, Doug Bothamley and Randy Waddell successfully became the winner and brought Yellowknife the first national curling title. Thanks to this great contribution, they would be appraised and have their names carved into the NWT Sport Hall of Fame

However, in that year, if you had the chance to have small talk with other competing teams, most of them would claimed that it stood no door for Yellowknife to win the whole tournament fair and square.

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ANASTASIA BRYZGALOVA – THE HOTTEST CURLING PLAYER OF ALL TIME

The female Russian curling athlete Anastasia Bryzgalova made her first debut on the winter of Olympic 2018 when she caught people attention as being endowed with charming appearance. She was appraised to take after superstar Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox.

In 2018, the Russian curling athlete Anastasia Bryzgalova successfully gained a gold medal as a male-female competing pair with her husband, who is Alexander Krushelnitsky. Even though at that time, her gorgeous look was a hot headline for press, which drew many people’s attention but it was obviously her talent and great skills that helped her become the champion. “Yes, I was really happy to hear many accomplishment about my beauty, however, curling medals does not  base on beauty standards.” Bryzgalova made speech during an interview with the sportbox.ru website of Russia. 

Previously, this gorgeous Russian 25-year-old curling athlete used to go viral on every social media feeds when she took part in the curling tournament of Olympic winter 2018. Many fans compared her to the famous Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox. However, it was such a shame that during the competition, the couple of Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova (who were at that time the representative of Russia) lost the chance to take part in the final of Olympic when they had to compete with former worldwide champion Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Sweden. The couple was defeated with the final score of 5-7 during an intense and nerve-racking final. However, they still made it come true when defeat Norway with the score of 8-4 on the match to gain the bronzer medal. This medal was the first medal of Russia in Olympic in regarding of curling session.

Bryzgalova revealed after this victory: “ The most important thing to us had always been our family.”

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USA CURLING IS ON A COMMEMORATION FOR THE LOSS OF LEGEND JACK MCNELLY

Jack McNelly, who used to a legend of USA curling, one of the most prestigious curlers in the world, died on the 15th March at the age of 70 of a heart attack. He passed away at his private home in Monument, Colorado.

Jack has been well-known for a meaningful philosophy, which is “to live life to the fullest.” He is highly appraised for his natural sense of adventure, the positive power of thinking and training all day long. Not only being a symbol of national curling, he has been a great friend, beloved husband and caring dad to his sons. He has gained a lot of titles in the USCA and world of curling. The USCA President during the 2001-2002 Olympic season and former WCF Representative, Peggy Hatch, called it a shot with the statement: “Jack McNelly was key to curling becoming an Olympic sport; his contribution cannot be overstated. He was a wonderful ambassador for curling and will be missed by so many.”

Jack McNelly was not only a professional curler but also a long-time director of the United States Curling Association, who made great distribution to the development of the Association. He was also the president of USCA during the period from 2002 to 2003 and the US representative for many important worldwide sports events such as the U.S. Olympic Committee. Moreover, Jack was the leader of US Olympic Curling Team from 2002 to 2006.

With the role as a curling professional player, Jack took part in the USCA Mixed National Champion as a competitor from 1990 to 1997. He was also the member of the USCA Men’s National Champion team skipped by Don Cooper in 1983.

Talking about hobbies and other interesting facts about Jack, he was really fond of outdoor activities such as fishing, elk hunting, or horsemanship. 

During his funeral, Jack’s family recommended Jack’s friends and fans to together make memorial donations to the USCA or to their local curling club in Jack’s honor.