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March 2010 Volume 65, Number 4 Introducing... U N I T E D Established 1945 $2.50 S T AT E S CURLING NEWS ...Podium Gold See our complete line at, or request a catalogue at 1 800 465 6900 1958-2008 Complete 2010 Olympic Winter Games coverage, Pages 6-7 Celebrating 50 Years of Good Curling Pottinger eyes gold; Olympics Pgs. 6-7 INSIDE: BIG THANKS: Volunteers key during Olympics. Page 3. TOURNEY TIME: National College Tournament on tap. Page 3 SCHENECTADY STRIDE: USWCA National Bonspiel results. Page 4. CANADA BOUND: Teams selected for U-18 competition. Page 5. CLUB SUPREME: Illinois, Minnesota win club nationals. Page 7. SWEPT UP: Chicago set to host 2010 Mixed. Page 8. CRAZY FOR CURLING Sport of curling earns gold medal Eager newcomers line up all around Seattle’s Granite Curling Club to try curling. The club, like many others across the U.S., had a record number of people show up to open houses while the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were going on. The Granite club had a total of 1,200 people attend open houses held on two weekends with a maximum of 450 people on one Saturday. See inside for OLYMPIC COVERAGE. Photo by Mitchell Hymowitz, Granite Curling Club DEPARTMENTS Bonspiel Results – P10-11 College Curling – P3 Comics–P8 Curler’s Calendar–P11 Letters–P5 Member Services–P3 Rocket Exhaust–P9 Tales from Sheet 9–P2 USWCA – P4-5 San Fran curler wins dream trip to Vancouver by Terry Kolesar, Editor S an Francisco Bay Area Curling Club member Loreen Makishima-Wolf (Hayward, Calif.) is the official winner of USA Curling’s Honorary Team Skip donation contest. A total of 640 total entries, from 512 donors, were received over the five days of the contest. Makishima-Wolf and her husband Bryan Wolf packed up and headed to Vancouver Feb. 20-24 to watch the sport that Makishima-Wolf fell in love with just four years ago. When the phone rang on a few weeks back telling her she’d won was like a dream. “I got a call on my cell but did not recognize the number. I then did a phone number search T H E I C E S P O R T Loreen Makishima-Wolf and husband Bryan Wolf took in the Olympic action in Vancouver after winning the USCA’s contest. online and the result was that the number originated from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Who do I know from there? It is Monday... USCA is located in that city....raffle...hmmm,” she said. Trying to stay calm she checked her voicemail and heard Rick Patzke, chief operating officer of USA O F Curling, telling her she was the winner of the trip. “I heard the terrific, awesome, unbelievable news that I had won the curling raffle. My entry was picked out of the 500,” she said. After checking to see if this really wasn’t a dream, she checked her email and Continued on Page 2 F I T N E S S A N D Paralympic Games begin March 13 In less than two weeks the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games get underway in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fresh off of hosting the recent Winter Olympics, the Vancouver Olympic Center will be the home of wheelchair curling competition. Ten teams will compete for gold for just the second time as a Paralympic medal sport. Team USA members include Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.), James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.), Jackie Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Patrick McDonald (Orangevale, Calif.), Head Coach Steve Brown (Madison, Wis.), Assistant Coach Rusty Schieber (Portage, Wis.) and Team Leader Marc DePerno (Utica, N.Y.). Here is a look at the competition schedule: 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Draw schedule, March 12-21, Vancouver, B.C. All times local Pacific Time (PT) Saturday, March 13 11 a.m. Opening Ceremony 12:30 p.m., USA v. Korea 6 p.m., USA v. Canada Sunday, March 14 12:30 p.m., USA v. Germany Monday, March 15 12:30 p.m., USA v. Italy 6 p.m., USA v. Great Britain Tuesday, March 16 6 p.m., USA v. Sweden Wednesday, March 17 12:30 p.m., USA v. Norway 6 p.m., USA v. Japan Thursday, March 18 12:30 p.m., USA v. Switzerland Friday, March 19 Tiebreaker games, if necessary Saturday, March 20 10 a.m., semifinals 3:30 p.m., bronze-medal game, goldmedal gamebronze. F I N E S S E

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