2006 Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue was rushed to a hospital today in Nova Scotia after a fall left him gushing blood all over the ice at the Grand Slam of Curling.
I'm not going to pretend to know anything about curling except that it is kind of like lawn bowling or cornhole or shuffleboard but not really, and more importantly, that every four years when the Winter Olympics comes around I watch like 20 hours of it.
Jennifer Jones's final stone wrapped up a 6-3 victory for her team in today's gold medal match against Sweden, capping off the Canadian team's unbeaten Olympic run. While watching her shot slide down the ice, the 39-year-old Jones couldn't help but get a little emotional. One thing that's cool about the Olympics is…
With a 6-3 result over Sweden bringing home gold for captain Jennifer Jones's squad, Canada is exultant over their curling success. In the piece below, Adam Doster explores the culture they came from—it involves beer and pork hearts—by way of finding out just why curling is so much damn fun.
This morning, Russian skip Andrey Drozdov learned a valuable lesson about the momentum of curling stones and the slipperiness of ice. He learned it with his face.
["And sliding down the runway now comes Torger Nergaard of Norway, showing off a fetching pair of houndstooth pants. Sorry, rock and broom not included." Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty]
A white-haired man in a kilt is hustling around the tunnels of Maurice Richard Arena, right next door to Olympic Stadium in Montreal, trying to get organized. "Come on, ladies!" he shouts, at nobody in particular. "We've got four minutes and we're on!"
You only get eight stones in each end of curling. So how often does a team score seven points in an end, as Great Britain did against the U.S. in Sochi? It's rare at the lowest levels of competition, and until today, when it went down in the fourth end of a 12-3 Team GB win, had never happened at the Olympics. Good…
Canada has made every men's curling final in the history of the sport at the Olympics, so expectations are high for Brad Jacobs's squad in Sochi. But the Canucks ran into an unexpected challenge this morning during their match with Germany in a disastrous ninth end, one that wasn't helped at all by E.J. Harnden's poor…
Stop reading right now if you'd like to believe that curling, or the Paralympics, or frigging Paralympic Curling is the last bastion of drug-free sports in the world today. Nothing is pure anymore. Jim Armstrong, a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and skip of Canada's 2010 Paralympic gold medal team, will…
You can throw out the record books when the Alberta and Quebec women's curling teams get together. It got pretty heated yesterday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Canada's women's championship), when Alberta skip Heather Nedohin let loose a creative swear word after coming up short on her shot.
There was a big curling game last night at the Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. So big, in fact, that the Winnipeg Free-Press called it a "battle royale,", the Toronto Sun called it a "grudge match," and The Curling News wondered if it could be "the most compelling women's game in curling…
Jim Armstrong, the skip of Canada's gold medal winning team, was arrested for trafficking counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs. Sounds like he was just trying to help other people get their stones in the house. [Vancouver Sun]
They drug test Paralympic athletes because, I don't know, God dictated they should be stuck with their disadvantages. Regardless, we have our first positive drug test.
This explains everything. Our men's curling team managed to lose their most recent Tuesday night league game at the Duluth Curling Club. To be fair, it is the place to be on Tuesday nights in Duluth. [NY Times]
The host nation's medal count is always higher than normal for a reason: the screaming crowds that psych up the natives, and psych out the visitors. But now they've gone too far; they've made Maddy cry.
In news that probably interests only me, they've finally benched the choking captain of our choking team of choking curlers. [NBC]
Nothing says Winter Olympics like a "clueless reporter tries curling" story. (Except maybe the "here's a black Winter Olympian!" story.) We take you through a typical curling experience, as seen through the eyes of every reporter ever.