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Lillehammer, Norway to become the official revenue to host the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020

The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 will take place in Lillehammer, Norway during the period from the 21st to the 28th of November 2020. This is the fourth time that Norway has been chosen to host the European Championships. The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships used to take place in different places all around the world. In 1977, it is held in Oslo while in 1990 Lillehammer is chosen to be the next place and Stavanger is chosen to host the champion in 2013. During some recent years, Norway is chosen by many international curling to hold their events, firstly the Youth Olympic Games 2016 curling events which takes place in Lillehammer, while the 2019 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Curling Championships were both held in Stavanger.

Kate Caithness, who is the President of World Curling Federation, shared her opinion: “We are delighted to be returning the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships to Lillehammer. It has been 30 years since these championships were last held in the city and it is fitting that they are taking place in Lillehammer’s Olympic Park.

“This is such an important event in our season and it is fascinating to see our European teams earn enough qualification to our world championships, where they and our other elite teams from around the world, will together compete for places at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. I am sure our friends at the Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club will grab this occasion and produce a first-class event for our athletes and spectators.”

There will be both women’s and men’s championships within the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2020 A-Division taking place in the Haakons Hall. Lillehammer Youth Hall was built initially on the purpose of hosting the ice hockey finals during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. With the spectator capacity of up to 10,000 people, it is Norway’s biggest venue for indoor sports until now.

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Shocking news: Ottawa will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship

There have been many hypotheses as well as suggestions for the position of this year curling championship’s host, however, but on the recent Tuesday, there had been the official announcement confirming that Ottawa’s TD Place Arena will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship.

If the condition of the pandemic COVID-19 gets more positive with fewer cases being infected to, it might be possible for us and sports organizations, especially curling ones to quickly get into the swing of things and hold big sporting events in Ottawa.


“I’m not a betting person, so I’m not going to give odds on it, but I think the numbers of spectators, as well as players taking part in tournaments, are going the right way,” Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson shared his viewpoint on Tuesday. “We are planning to have fans in the building — to keep them under the safest condition, fans will likely have to go through a certain number of protocols — and we’re all planning to have a really good time. That being said, we’re not going to endanger people, we’re not going to do anything that does not stick to public health regulations, which healthcare professionals would tell us not to do.”

There will be a lot of things being put under the dangerous conditions all around the world, to be more specific, events being scheduled from the 3rd to the 11th of April at TD Place arena. A lot of the competing field tournament within the 2022 Winter Olympics men’s curling competition will be reorganized in Ottawa. Originally, ranks and titles of this tournament were about to be determined by the combined results of the 2020 and 2021 world championships, however, due to the unexpected cancellation of the 2020 worlds in Scotland, the International Olympic Committee is likely to accept and apply this alternative plan.
John Shea, the chair of Curling Canada’s board of governors, shared in a recent interview: “My hometown of Ottawa has proven itself as an amazing host for championship curling events over the years and the 2021 world men’s championship has the potential to take that to another level.” “World-class curling belongs in world-class cities and Ottawa fits that description perfectly.

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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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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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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.

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THE MOST SPECIAL CURLING STONES BEING UTILIZED IN THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC

Among a wide number of winter sports such as snow skiing, hockey or ice-skate, there is another fantastic, interesting sports, which is Curling – ice stones.

Being generated and played by Scottland residents since the 16th decade, however, it had to be until 1928 did Curling appear in Olympic and until 2006, Curling was officially considered to be a sport for competitions and tournaments. Curling has been gradually developed and become the most appealing winter sports with more than 1,5 million professional athletes involved all around the world.

However, there has been a fixed thing in Curling which has never been changed for hundred years, which is stones used in curling. 

In 1851, there were 16 engravers together setting up a shop named Kays in the Mauchline village of West Scottland. Since then, this shop is the one and only reliable address to produce the most prestigious and well-qualified stones for every curling tournament.

Each year, Kays produced the number of from 1800 to 2000 curling stones, which the average price for each one was 637 USD. Curling stones made by Kays has the most unbelievable durability, which can be well-qualified enough to be utilized for the next period of 50 years. 

Since then, the Kays’ engravers have always keep themselves snowed under with work all year along. After Pyeongchang 2018, they will continue to pull things together to generate the most perfect stones, which will be the supply for 2020 Beijing Winter Olympic. To curling competitors, there will be nothing better than being able to utilize the stones which origin from where curling was born. Stones of the Kays shop are known as the best ones for curling professionals and amateurs to create the most satisfying and memorable matches.