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SCOTCH ANYONE?: Laphroaig signs on as sponsor. Page 2. NEED ROCKS?: Apply for rocks through WCF stone program. Page 3 VIDEO MANIA: Get the new PSA downloads. Page 3. PRESSURE-PACKED: Olympics bring many added pressures. Page 7. OLYMPIC SHOWDOWN: See who’s competing in Vancouver. Page 9. MEAT TEAM USA: Get to know the 2010 Paralympic team. Page 10.
DEPARTMENTS Bonspiel Results – P13, 19 College Curling – P3 Comics–P16 Curler’s Calendar–P14 Letters–P17 Member Services–P3 Rocket Exhaust–P16 Tales from Sheet 9–P5 USWCA – P16-18
Stephen Colbert poses with members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team for Men’s Curling at the Plainfield Curling Club while taping a segment for his show, “The Colbert Report” in December in South Plainfield, N.J. Photo by Rick Patzke, USA Curling
The TV schedule for the curling action at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games was released in January. Visit www.nbcolympics.com, click on “TV Listings” and type in your zip code to get a viewing guide specialized just for your home. Curling will air on MSNBC, CNBC and USA networks, sister stations of NBC. The morning and afternoon draws will air live. See a sample TV schedule based on Central Time Zone on P. 9.
2010 Olympians Debbie McCormick and Allison Pottinger (front) jumped aboard a bobsled during the USOC’s Olympic festival in New York City in November. Photo by Megan Suslavich
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USA Curling needs your help!
he USA Curling National Office staff in Stevens Point, Wis., is preparing for another anticipated surge of interest in the sport we all love, during and immediately following the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Feb. 12-28. One of the primary missions of USA Curling is to “grow the sport.” To provide the quickest and best possible service to people wanting to learn more about curling, finding a local club, wanting to start new clubs,
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Official publication of the United States Curling Association Editor — Terry Kolesar Associate Editor—rick Patzke Contributing Editor—david Garber design: Terry Kolesar Next editorial deadline: Feb. 26, 2010 The United States Curling News (ISSN 1064-3001; USPS 392-020) is published five times per year in October, November, February, March and May by the United States Curling Association. The USCA and Curling News office is located at 5525 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482. Telephone 715-344-1199. Subscription price for non-USCA members: $16 per year (North America), $26 per year (overseas), payable in US currency. Single copy price: $2.50. Advertising rates on request. Established 1945. Periodicals postage paid at Waupaca, Wisconsin, and additional offices as requested. Postmaster sends address changes to US Curling News, 5525 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482. United States Curling Association Officers President Leland rich Vice Presidents Kent Beadle James Pleasants Chris Sjue Treasurer Jack Bernauer Secretary dave Carlson Directors Albert M. Anderson**  Paul Badgero  Kent Beadle  John Benton (AAC)  Jack Bernauer*  Geoffrey Broadhurst  Maureen Brunt (AAC)  dave Carlson  Janet Farr (USWCA)  Kathleen Harlow  Chrissy Haase (AAC)  Peggy Hatch**  Cyndee Johnson  Nicole Joraanstad (AAC)  Kellie Krake  Jerome Larson 
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Off-site staff: Sports Psychology Consultant dr. John Coumbe-Lilley Coaching Development Director Scott Higgins National Wheelchair Development Coach Steve Brown National Wheelchair Curling Outreach Development Director Marc dePerno Head Ice Technician dave Staveteig Head games Official Bill Forsythe
AMERICAN CURLINg FOUNDATION & MUSEUM The Museum is located at the Chicago Curling Club, 555 dundee road, Northbrook, IL 60062 CUrATOr: James M. Miller Jr. 2011 Glendale Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062 847-272-7224
Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch, the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies, has announced its official sponsorship of the United States Curling Association (USCA) just in time for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The sponsorship kicks off a yearlong celebration of Scottish heritage by one of the world’s most popular single malt Scotch whiskies. “We’re excited Laphroaig has been named the official scotch of the United States Curling Association,” said Michael Cockram, senior director, Laphroaig. “We look forward to sharing the rich, flavorful taste and history of our classic whisky with curling fans.” “There are few brands out there that have as deep a Scottish history as Laphroaig,” said USCA
regular product news. “This sponsorship gives new meaning to the phrase ‘scotch on ice,’” said Scotch Malt Master Simon Brooking. “It is always a pleasure seeing two grand traditions from my homeland, Laphroaig and curl-
ing, enjoyed in America.” Often referred to as “chess on ice” or “winter golf,” curling originated in Scotland in the 16th century and has recently gained a significant following in the United States. The Friends of Laphroaig began in 1994 as a way to communicate news about the distillery and connect with other Laphroaig lovers around the world. Today it has grown to more than 300,000 members from more than 150 countries. Each fan receives a lifetime lease on a square foot of land next to the distillery that they can visit, view online and collect a dram of ‘rent’ for, should they ever visit the island. Membership is free with proof of purchase of 10 year Old, 18 year Old, 25 year Old, 30 year Old, Quarter Cask or Cask Strength Laphroaig. For more information, visit www.Laphroaig.com.
Travel Guard is new partner USA Curling and Travel Guard are beginning a relationship that we are hoping will lead to long-term benefits for the association and our members. The first step in this partnership revolves around a contest underway now and continuing through March 8. The contest is one already established by Travel Guard entitled the “World’s Unluckiest Traveler.” This partnership features a “pay-per-click” model, meaning that USA Curling will receive payments everytime someone clicks on the “World’s Unluckiest Traveler” contest link from the USA Curling web site. you can find the link on the home page, at www.usacurl.org, as well as on various other pages on the site. This partnership is worth up to $25,000 to USA Curling, which will help us continue our mission of growing the sport by providing more member services and grassroots programs, and also potentially keeping dues down. Please
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President Leland rich. “We are honored to have such a respected brand sponsor the United States Curling Association. This truly brings the spirit of curling to new heights.” Starting in February, whisky enthusiasts across the country can visit www.Laphroaig.com to register as a Friend of Laphroaig and receive updates regarding the Laphroaig sponsorship and
available to keep you fortified, and we’ll even set up the Wii curling set for when you need a little exercise. The office is normally open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but hours may be extended on some days depending upon the volume of work.
support curling in the USA by checking out this contest and sharing this information with friends and family. We think that you will also find the “World’s Unluckiest Traveler” to be an interesting contest you might want to enter yourselves. All you have to do is share your story to enter to win monthly prizes and the ultimate grand prize of a dream Vacation for Two. you can also vote on travel-
er entries each month, giving you all the more reason to visit this site often. Just be sure to enter the contest site through the USA Curling site in order to help grow your sport. If you’re interested in travel insurance, you can also finds links to Travel Guard’s offerings on the USA Curling site. Purchases of travel insurance through our site will also generate additional commisions for the sport.
The curling competition will be February 16-27. We need your help during that time and following through March 6th. Please consider volunteering your time and passion for growing the sport to help fuel the Olympic fever this winter. The work you’ll do will impact not
only your local clubs and regions, but also the entire nation. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bev Schroeder, USA Curling Member Services director, 1-888-287-5377, Ext. 203, or by email to beverly.schroeder@usacurl. org.
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New promotional 30-second videos available
e are excited to offer you several downloads with promotional videos to assist you during the upcoming Olympic surge in activity that our sport is surely going to experience. The first is a great 30-second promotional public service announcement (PSA) that was a joint collaboration between USA Curling and Nick Kitinski, president of the Hollywood Curling Club. Nick worked tirelessly to create this piece, which can be used either on your club website or on public TV. Second, as many of you may have read, Vernon davis, the Pro-Bowl tight end from the San Francisco 49ers, recently was named the honorary captain of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Curling Team. Two 30-second public service announcements were produced from this new partnership. We hope you enjoy these bonus video pieces that can be used both on your club site and on public TV channels. They were pro-
duced with the help of Gabrielle Coleman of the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club. It is common for the high-resolution quality videos to take about 10-15 minutes to download to your desktop. The videos are produced so your club can customize them to include your own clubs’ information. If for some reason you download the files above to your laptop or PC and they do not run properly, we suggest burning the file to a dVd and playing it that way. There is no charge for the download, which is quick and easy. However, if you require dVds, there will be a $20 fee to cover the cost of creating the dVd and shipping/handling expenses. If your club did not receive the memo via email from Bev Schroeder, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get the downloads. (The lowresolution downloads for website use also are posted on youTube; follow the links from www.usacurl.org/usacurl.)
Eight-Ender Kettle Moraine The Jack Johnson rink of the Kettle Moraine Curling Club in Hartland, Wis., scored an eight-ender during league play on Nov. 25, 2009. Team members include Johnson, Bob dixon, John ripple and Bob Flemming.
Level I officiating class planned in Madison A Level 1 officiating class will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Madison Curling Club. Cost is $15. For more information or to register, contact Ericka Balgord, email@example.com or call (608) 2201832.
Help Member Services by filling out Olympic open house survey The Member Services Department would like to hear from you. A survey regarding Olympic open houses is posted on the website at www.usacurl.org/usacurl. Please take the time to fill out and return the survey by March 30 to the USCA office.
Montana club joins MoPac region Montana’s first official curling club was voted into the Mountain Pacific region recently. The Whitefish Curling Club is in Whitefish, Mont. Learn more about the club at www.whitefishcurlingclub.com.
Stone purchase application now posted online In addition to graduating from high school this year and competing in state playdowns, six of these athletes also made a trip together to the 2010 U.S. Junior Nationals in Bemidji. Shown are (back, l-r) Eric Jensen, Adam Nash, Brandon Myhre, Marcus Tucker, Anne Podoll, Christina Lammers, Jesa Legacie and Rachel Tharalson. Submitted photo
With the upcoming surge in curling interest the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is sure to create, the USCA has ordered additional sets of curling stones through the World Curling Federation’s deferred purchase stone program. To apply for a set(s), please fill out and returned the application form that is posted online at www.usacurl.org/usacurl.
College Curling your contact: rich Larko, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-729-0934 • www.collegecurling.org
College curling events in full swing by Rich Larko, College Curling Coordinator n the last issue we talked about graduates of Northwestern University settling in areas with nearby curling clubs. Now two more students report accepting jobs, in Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis. This brings the number to 10 of the original Northwestern student curlers who have settled into their careers in areas where they continue to curl. Eight of these sudents never saw a curling stone before before they began to play in the college program. Several of
them come from the South. Previous Northwestern grads are curling at Plainfield, Midland, Madison, Milwaukee and denver. More proof that college curling contributes new dues-paying curlers to the wonderful world of curling. Bowling Green hosted a regional event Jan. 29-31 at the Bowling Green Curling Club. As this is being written,16 teams are preparing to “get on the ice and play.” We’ll report results of the event in the next issue of the Curling News. Sign up for the 19th annual College Tournament in Chicago March 12-14. College curlers still have time to sign up for the
National Tournament at the North Shore and Chicago Curling Clubs, in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The event will consist of four or five divisions, depending on the number of teams that sign up. New teams are welcome. divisions are made up based on team experience assurring all teams play at their own level of experience. Award pins are handed out in each division. The format will be one game on Friday evening followed by a hot dinner; two games on Saturday, including lunch and dinner, with the finals on Sunday, followed by lunch. A continental breakfast also is included on Saturday and
Sunday. The sign-up deadline is March 1, same as the hotel registration. The host hotel is the Courtyard of Marriott, 1801 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL 60026; 847-8032500. Cost is $79.50 per night plus tax. To get this rate be sure to mention the College Curling Tournament. An entry fee of $120 must be in the hands of robert richardson by 5 p.m. on March 1 to be eligible. Contact him at: 3374 East Ave. South La Crosse, WI 54601 email@example.com See the College Curling website at www. collegecurling.org for more information.
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Chicago set to host 2010 Mixed Championship
ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew takes to the ice
by Nancy Coolley, Host Committee
he Chicago Curling Club will continue to place curling in the media and on the national stage after the February Olympics are over – hosting the USA Curling Mixed National Championships from March 20-27. This Championship is regionalbased, aimed at determining the best men/women curling teams in the U.S. Curling games will take place afternoon and evening from March 20-25. Finals will be on March 2627. This championship will bring over 40 competitors from across the country to compete in a playdown process via the traditional states/regional championships. Each of 10 regions is allotted one state team to participate in this National Mixed Curling Championship. The sport of curling has already caught the eye of
the media, so we are expecting local viewers and sports enthusiasts to learn more first-hand about our exciting sport. All games will be open to the public and a media blitz is planned. If your team is competing or you just love to watch great curling, consider joining us for the championship playoffs. Chicago Curling Club is located in a near north suburb of Chicago, 555 dundee road, Northbrook, IL, 60062, along Edens (41) Expressway. Contact Joby Berman, Event Chair for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Chicago Curling Club web site www.curlingchicago.org.
Officiating, icemaking help needed in Kalamazoo for 2010 Nationals The host committee is seeking people to help on their officiating and ice crews for the 2010 USA Curling National Championships March 6-13 in Kalamazoo, Mich. If you are interested in helping out, contact Garnet Eckstrand at email@example.com.
World Curling Federation accepting applications for curling development officer The World Curling Federation is currently seeking applications for the position of a curling development officer to be based in Europe. The job involves extensive travel and irregular working hours. Applications close on March 7. Start date will depend on the current situation of the successful applicant. A complete job description can be found at the WCF website at www.worldcurlingfederation.com/jobs-with-the-wcf.
Charles “Chuck” ruelle Charles “Chuck” ruelle, 80, died Jan. 11 in Wisconsin rapids. Chuck, his spouse, Marian, and his son, david, were active curlers at the Stevens Point Curling Club from 1974-1989. ***** A donation has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Brown to the American Curling Foundation & Museum in memory of the late Edward F. Heizer, Jr., a very active and dedicated member of the Chicago Curling Club, who passed away dec. 3, 2009.
The production staff and on-air talent of ESPN’s Monday Night Football took in some curling action at the Green Bay Curling Club while in town in december for the MNF game between the Packers and ravens. The group, which included Mike Tirico, Michelle Tafoya, Jon Gruden and ron Jaworski played for the “2009 ESPN Curling Championship Title.” On game night, USA Curling staff and members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Curling team held a curling demonstration in the parking lot at Lambeau Field. Photo by Terry Kolesar, USA Curling
Field set for 2010 Club Nationals in Madison The Madison Curling Club is set to host the 2010 USA Curling Club National Championships Feb. 20-27 in McFarland, Wis. Four draws will be held daily Sunday through Thursday, with the semifinals on Feb. 26 and the finals to wrap it all up on Feb. 27. To learn more, visit the event website at www.2010ClubNationals.com. The playdowns are complete. Here is a look at the competing field (club they are representing in parentheses): Women: California: Marissa Messier, Cindy Wood, Jennifer Gamboa, donna Umali (Hollywood) Colorado: regan Mizuno, Cynthia Smith, dena rosenberry, Jennifer Nguyen (denver) Illinois: Tracy Lawless, Marcy Calaway, Leslie Armstrong, Laurie Hektor (Exmoor) Minnesota I: Kimberly Wapola, Ashley Schaffer, Conni Normandeau, Margeaux Ackerman (St. Paul) Minnesota II: Shelly Kinner, Amy Lou Anderson, Jennifer Kamarainen, Julie Smith, Megan Pond (St. Paul) New York: robin Gestrich, Sandra Gaffner, Alice yeh, Kimberlee Nawyn, Alison Bankes (Ardsley) North Dakota: Beth Bohlman, Susan Stern, Amy Bushaw, Nancy rentfrow, dawn Zimney (Grand Forks) Pennsylvania: Courtney Slata, Catie
MacKinlay, Jessica Todd-Marrone, Tracy Marcotte (Philadelphia) Washington: Sharon Vukich, Em Good, Jill Lamberts, Hannah Volkman (Granite) Wisconsin: Laura roessler, Sara Hein, Lynitea delaney, Nora Kraemer, Elyse Sorenson (Centerville) Men: Colorado: William reynolds, Justin Boshoven, derek Aoki, Andrew Collins (denver) Illinois: Jeff Wright, russ Armstrong, Steve Waters, russ Brown, Stephen Wright (Exmoor) Michigan: Chad roberts, Ben Levy, James Fletcher, Mark McElwee, Adam rivera (detroit) Minnesota: Todd Birr, randy Cumming, Kevin Vetter, Shawn runing (Mankato) New York: Charles Brown, Michael Stefanik, richard Gonyeau, Scott Brennan (Schenectady) North Dakota I: Paul Thompson, rick Litzinger, Curtis Bradbury, Mark Fisher (Lake region) North Dakota II: david Pengilly, Jason Neutz, dave Nelson, Greg Neutz, randy Bina (Grand Forks) Utah: Charles Taggart, Tim Irish, Mark rubey, Ben Womack (Ogden) Washington: Philip Tilker, darren Lehto, Liam Barksdale, William rugen (Granite) Wisconsin: Kroy Nernberger, Jake Will, Patrick roe, Tom Gabower (Madison)
Birr finishes 3-4 in Japan Todd Birr’s American team finished 3-4 at the 2010 Karuizawa International Bonspiel Jan. 27-31 in Karuizawa, Japan. Birr (Mankato, Minn.) teamed up with Greg Wilson (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Tom O’Connor (Golden Valley, Minn.) and brother Kevin Birr (St. Peter, Minn.), but missed out on the playoffs.
The Karuizawa International Curling Championship is sponsored annually by the Japan Curling Association in commemoration of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Karuizawa hosted the curling competition for the 1998 Games, where curling was first contested as a full-medal Olympic sport.
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Longtime curler loved to entertain Remembering Doug Bogue In the 1960s, arguably the toughest bonspiel in Wisconsin was the “State Men’s,” held the first weekend in december (in those days, the first big event of the season). It was an honor to win any event—the winners’ names were affixed on brass plates and traveled every year to the next host site. In a singular feat, Portage curler doug Bogue skipped the winning team four years running, from 1967-1970. doug was a keen competitor, fine strategist, a finesse shooter and a great team player. Over the years Bogue, originally trained as an attorney, focused on booking rock bands to earn a living, eventually becoming an icon in Wisconsin as a curler and as a person. His home club, Portage, had long produced curling excellence and curling characters, from rogers to
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Woodside to rhyme to Griffin and Curtis. doug, like the hero of NeverNever land, never really seemed to grow up—he preferred to delight people and to be delighted with those around him. Bogue also belonged to the
Madison and Lodi curling clubs. Jeff Hemer of Medford knew Bogue well for many years. Hemer characterized doug as a “longtime curler, bonspieler, curling coach.” Hemer was expansive in his praise: “The man was a true ambassador for the sport of curling. A real character, in that everyone who knew him or came across him was touched by his genuineness. “I will miss him but we all have the memories. He has one son, Cam, living in Jupiter, Fla. His car bumper announced, ‘ex-wife on board’ and a rubber hand protruded from the trunk of the ‘boogie mobile.’” (In those days, that humor was more innocent than it would be in today’s context.) “doug never drank or smoked, but rather got his kicks from dancing, rock music, curling, bonspieling, playing cards and eating cookies. He never played
cards for money—just ‘units.’” G. douglas Bogue died at age 87 on Nov. 20, 2009. Curling Clergy to the Friars’ Briar! Chris Schwanz is a curler and a clergyman who is interested in developing interest among American clergy-curlers in participation at the annual Canadian Clergy Curlers’ Championship, aka the Friars’ Briar (www.friarsbriar.com). Chris writes: “Two years ago I was invited to Winnipeg to curl in the Friars’ Briar with a team from Calgary (the Friars’ Briar always runs concurrently with the Tim Horton’s Brier). Last year I returned to curl in Calgary with another team. The event organizers refer to it as the Canadian Clergy Curlers’ Championships. Curlers from various provinces come for a week’s worth of great curling. We’re guaranteed eight
games, so for me it has made the trip worthwhile. “So far as I know, I am the only American clergy curler who has participated. The organizers have encouraged me to recruit more Americans to represent the U.S. Here’s the catch: at least three of the curlers must be clergy or professional clergy workers; one may be a lay person. “The next Friars’ Briar will be held in Salmon Arm, near Kelowna, British Columbia, March 8-12, 2010. If any Curling News readers are eligible and interested, please contact me! I’m happy to act as a source of information for would-be clergy curlers, whether for this year’s event or for future events.” readers may contact Chris Schwanz at: PO Box 326 Marshfield, WI 54449 715-340-9070 email@example.com
Grandfather of 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling member honored by Goodyear by Terry Kolesar, Editor duane “Buzz” Smith, grandfather of 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling member Jason Smith (Cape Coral, Fla.), has been named a medal winner of the Goodyear “Get there” Award, a recognition program designed to honor those most responsible for helping American athletes achieve their dream of competing on the world’s greatest stage in Vancouver. The program highlights the often little-known stories of those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help America’s athletes achieve their goals. As a recipient, Smith will receive a set of “top-of-theline Goodyear high technology tires” and be recognized nationally by Goodyear. Smith was selected along with Frances Bradley (Philadelphia), mother of bobsledder Michael Bradley, and Paul Marchese, father of speedskater Trevor Marsicano. “I really did not do anything that any other parent would not do. I just wanted the best for Jason and his curling mates,” Buzz Smith said. “I really enjoyed watching them progress as curlers and men through the years. Thank you, Goodyear, for this honor and recognition.” Jason Smith and team-
mates John Shuster (duluth, Minn.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) and Chris Plys (duluth, Minn.) depart for Vancouver in early February in anticipation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games curling competition, which gets underway on Feb. 16. Goodyear’s selection panel included World and Olympic Champion Bonnie Blair. The three medal award winners were selected from among 15 individual honorees representing each major winter sport discipline and recognized for their extraordinary efforts to help the athletes excel. “I’m proud to be able to help shine a light on the incredible dedication and often behind-the-scenes contributions made by parents, coaches, teachers, spouses and others who make it possible for athletes like me to succeed on the world’s greatest stage,” said Blair, the United States’ most decorated Winter Olympian. “The stories of the 15 individuals being recognized with the Goodyear ‘Get there’ Award, and the hundreds of other people like them, shows just how essential their support and encouragement is in helping athletes achieve their goals.” Buzz Smith has played an instrumental role in the life and development of
Jason Smith, having raised his grandson since he was a young child in Minnesota. Buzz was retired by the time Jason turned five years old and was able to dedicate the time necessary to coach Jason in many sports, including youth baseball. But it would turn out that it was Buzz opening the doors of the Chisholm Curling Club after school each day for Jason and his close friend John Shuster to try the sport that would strike a chord in both boys. Both Smith and Shuster credit Buzz’s dedication to helping them become better curlers and understand the importance of practicing as a major reason why they made the 2010 curling team. Jason refers to Buzz as his best friend and when his grandfather moved to Florida several years ago from northern Minnesota, Jason soon followed and found a job in construction so he could maintain his friendship with his grandfather. Now in his late 70s, Buzz is still Jason’s biggest supporter. “I am happy that he is getting noticed. I could not thank him enough for all the support throughout the years. Without him I would not be the person I am today or be as successful as I have been in athletics,” Jason Smith said. “Goodyear is committed to developing best-in-class innovations and break-
through technologies that help consumers reach their destinations … or ‘Get there,’” said Scott rogers, chief marketing officer, Goodyear. “What better embodiment of that philosophy than to honor those unsung heroes who have
helped American athletes ‘Get there’ to the ultimate athletic stage.” The three medal winners, selected by a Goodyear panel spearheaded by Blair, will be presented with the special Goodyear ‘Get there’ Award.
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What a ride this Olympic journey’s been so far by Terry Kolesar, Editor
ow, what a season so far and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games hasn’t even marched in its army of athletes for the Opening Ceremony yet. Here’s a little secret from the inside – I think we’re ready. We’re poised for excellence and we’re poised for something big from Team USA. From the eight high performance camps and the successes the teams have had on the World Curling Tour this season, we’re progressing in the right direction to dominate the podium in Vancouver. The Olympics are not the time to be an introvert. The 10 athletes and two head coaches of our 2010 U.S. Olympic Team have given countless opportunities to both tell the story of their Olympic journeys and also to help USA Curling in its ongoing efforts to grow the sport of curling. We’ve certainly kept the members of the team busy off the ice too, promoting the sport of curling at fundraisers and making TV appearances (TV!) in the past few months. The teams have done a lot of interviews since becoming Team USA nearly a year ago, many of which have been embargoed by newspaper and TV stations in preparation for the Winter Games. From the “Today Show: Weekend” with Lester Holt arriving in Madison to have the ladies team teach him to curl, to the frozen parking lot at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., to South Plainfield, N.J., to tape a hilarious segment with Stephen Colbert for Comedy Central’s “The Colbert report ” with the men’s team, our athletes have been enjoying the spotlight so far. And both times when we’ve needed
ice made at rockefeller or at the last minute – Aaron dubberly from Plainfield has been my unsung hero. Let’s not leave out the fact that we also now have a reality TV star amongst our athlete circle as Chris Plys walked on stage in Los Angeles and was awarded $6,500 from the E! Network’s “Bank of Hollywood” to help his parents travel to Vancouver. Oh, and there also is that special “Simpsons” episode FOX will air on Feb. 14 when Marge and Homer become Olympians. did anyone see Olympian John Shuster on “The Jay Leno” show on Feb. 1? yeah, about five million viewers did, too. Way to go, John. But, none of this could have happened without the support of the volunteers at our 145-plus member clubs across the U.S. We lean on you for volunteer support time and time again. And, we lean on you for creativity as well, which leads me to tell you about some great videos we have available for all of you to use to help grow the sport. We rolled out three key video pieces – one from the very talented Nick Kitinski of the Hollywood Curling Club, who provided his video expertise to create a 30-second promotional piece for clubs to use. In addition, when we named National Football League Pro Bowl tight end Vernon davis as the honorary captain of the men’s Olympic team, we had some work for him in mind. With such a breakout year and stardom surely surrounding him, we asked davis to tape some fun promotional pieces for the sport of curling. With the help of Gabrielle Coleman of the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club, Atomic Productions (which did all the work for FrEE) and the great folks at the Sharks Ice
Nicole Joraanstad got to ride the zamboni during pre-game ice preparation at the Milwaukee Admirals game on Dec. 28 during the Salute to Curling night in Milwaukee, Wis. Photo by Debbie McCormick
in San Jose, the pieces turned out great. We created these with all of you in mind. We sent the links out to each club and regional president a few weeks ago and they also are available via the USA Curling website with an easy download for you to use on your websites or to take to your local TV station and make a commercial to promote your club. That way, when all the new fans that get caught up with our sport during the Olympics visit your web portals they’ll see davis and be even more captivated. If this NFL star thinks curling is cool, surely the secret is out – curling really IS cool. In case you’re wondering, davis will be joining the team in Vancouver for a few days to support the team, take in the Olympic experience, and of course, get interviewed to talk about his involvement with curling. In addition to football, our athletes have had the opportunity to intertwine with other sports as well. The men’s team made an appearance at the Minnesota Wild hockey game and a Minnesota Timberwolves showdown. The women’s team threw the opening pitch at a minor league baseball game this summer and took part in two hockey opportunities – one with the Milwaukee Admirals and the other with the University of Wisconsin hockey team (go Badgers!). you can’t have a curling demonstration without someone getting the daunting task of hauling curling rocks, too. Jay Packard and Mark Conrardy of the Milwaukee Curling Club were key partners for us in these adventures. And, when the Packers called and said we could do a demonstration in their parking lot in december, of course we found synthetic ice (easy task, right, rick?). The sheets themselves, which are now housed in the USA Curling warehouse, weigh in at about 125 pounds apiece. When it’s about 5 degrees and 8 at night in winter in Green Bay, Wis., those pieces don’t like to snap apart very easily either. We’ve had a lot of help along the way, though, from the great people that are the integral part of the success of our organization. We’ve seen a lot of generosity, too. The Eau Claire Curling Club opened its doors and its wallets to host a fund-raiser for the families of the Olympic teams back in November — keep in mind that not one mem-
As the crowd filters into Lambeau Field for the Monday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 7, three-time Olympian Debbie McCormick took a moment away from the curling demonstration, which took place on synthetic ice in the parking lot at Lambeau, to pose for a photo with friends.
ber of the current Olympic team hails from this club. But, 2002 Olympian and ECC member Mike Peplinski remembered his own Olympic journey and the financial struggles that sometimes go hand-in-hand with success. That daylong fundraiser netted a few thousand dollars for the teams. And, we’ve had generosity flow through the mail and the phone. After seeing Plys on “Bank of Hollywood,” a woman called to see if she could help make sure his family gets to Vancouver. She is a complete stranger to the family – and the sport, but not to the American value of helping others. And, we’ve seen the value of innocence. One of my favorite days on the job in 2009 came in december when the men’s Olympic team visited Valley View Elementary School in Green Bay, Wis., at the start of their final Olympic preparation camp. Seeing the bright-eyed, inspirationseeking audience drink in our Olympic team was motivation to carry me through what’s been a hectic year on the job. Nutmeg’s Jennifer Stannard and her enthusiastic club members have been a great help to us time and time again. I often lean on Stannard, who just also happens to now be the current U.S. Women’s Curling Association president, for various favors. To all the East Coast club members who helped man our booth at rockefeller during the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Olympic kick-off this fall, we owe you. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the eager Nutmeg junior curlers that day who presented the caps to the members of the Olympic curling team as they were announced as the first official members of the
2010 U.S. Olympic team. But our biggest partner in this Olympic journey was the Green Bay Curling Club. Bill Wilberg painstakingly prepared the ice for our athletes to practice on at the high performance camps this summer and fall while his lovely wife answered all my calls for help whether we were needing warm bodies at the demo at Lambeau or instructing the production and talent of ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew in the nuances of our sport, doris always said she’d helped without an ounce of hesitation in her voice. you can take pride in being a part of the success our Olympic team has already had. Lastly, it all comes down to the 10 athletes making up the 2010 Olympic curling team. I’ve talked more to these 10 athletes in the past 11 months than some of my relatives (but that’s not so bad…) and they feel like family. I hope when you watch them on NBC’s countless hours of coverage that they feel like family to you as well. For all the unsung heroes working behind the scenes officiating playdowns, keeping the club open late for those striving to be the next set of Olympians, inserting line scores during playdowns or just collecting your club’s dues (no one really enjoys laying down the law to collect member dues, do they?), we salute all of you for your volunteer efforts and time well spent to help us grow this great sport. It is, after all, all about you – the backbone of USA Curling. The preparation is done, my plane ticket via United awaits, my Visa card is poised, 30 days of working hard in Vancouver awaits…good curling, and go Team USA!
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
The Olympics are pressure packed on and off the ice
hen Team USA steps onto the ice for their first game in the Olympic curling event in Vancouver it will be the start of the final steps of the journey they started on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. For Olympians in any sport there are places to slip and fall on the journey to the Games and any one of the following things that you read might become a distraction or an issue. These can all cause an athlete to lose focus, faith and belief in themselves and their team. Team USA (men and women) will have competed in World Championships, flown thousands of miles crisscrossing North America and Europe through multiple time zones, cultures, languages,
By John Coumbe-Lilley USA Curling sports psychology consultant
curling ice, hotels, media (radio, print, television, internet) events, training sessions, competitions, video sessions, team development meetings, tactical meetings, organizational meetings, medical treatments and individual technical sessions. This is just their curling lives. Team USA will have
scheduled family, friends, work and personal matters months in advance. Their lives will have become increasingly narrow in focus toward the Olympics. They will have had to build new relationships, retain old ones and repair existing ones. Expectations from themselves and others are never far away and have to be managed by the Olympian. In short being an Olympian means coping with pressure real or perceived and handling it so that they can make the shots they need to make at the Olympics. At the Games having self-belief, focus, composure to make shots are the elements that help curlers need. Team USA will have earned their composure because they will have handled and come
young fans embrace Olympic team The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men’s Curling taught the students at Valley View Elementary School in Green Bay, Wis., the basics of the sport during a visit in December before their final preparation camp. The team departs Feb. 6 for Vancouver. Curling competition gets underway Feb. 16. Olympian Jeff Isaacson, a teacher by day, was an easy candidate to give hands-on instruction. Chris Plys (above) waits in line to give a high-five to the kids as they left the gym and went back to class. Photos by Rick Patzke, USA Curling
through the gauntlet of possible slips and falls on the way to Vancouver. When you are watching the television coverage of curling, spare a thought for the ordinary Debbie McCormick, Nicole Joraanstad and men and Tracy Sachtjen sign autographs during a women that summer outing. have an extraordinary as if all four hands were on talent that make up Team the stone, all four minds USA. They have had a year thinking the same and all unlike any team before hearts beating with the them and they seek success, same pulse. In Vancouver play with pride and have Team USA will be where it intensity as those that went wants to be making shots to previous Games did. and competing as if the ice When you see a great is the same in Vancouver as shot remind yourself of it is in Minneapolis, what it must have taken for Eveleth, Madison, Bemidji the team to make that shot or Hibbing.
Hilton Garden Inn Washington dC named sponsor
he Hilton Garden Inn Washington dC downtown was named as “An Official Hotel of USA Curling,” just in time for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. “Curling is such a fun, unique and social sport that truly lends itself to camaraderie,” said John rish, Hilton Garden Inn general manager. “We really wanted to shine a light on an event that might otherwise get overshadowed during the Olympics, and what better venue than a hotel that already serves as a gathering place for local sports fans and athletes? Our staff is fully energized by the idea, which is not only to support the U.S. men's and women’s Olympic curling teams, but to have fun in the process.” The sponsorship comes at an ideal time for USA Curling, just 15 days away from the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Games. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, what a fun idea!’” said USA Curling Chief Operating Officer rick Patzke. “In these tough economic times, we aren’t exactly overburdened with sponsorships. This very creative idea came out of left field, and that is what makes the sponsorship so exciting.” Located two and one half blocks from the White House across the street
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2010 Junior National Championships • Jan. 23-30 • Bemidji, Minn.
Minnesota women, Washington men win titles by Terry Kolesar, Editor
or the first time since 2002, a junior men’s team not hailing from Minnesota will represent the U.S. at the World Junior Championships. Sean Beighton’s team from the Granite Curling Club in Seattle captured the men’s title with a dominating 7-3 defeat of Minnesota II’s Aaron Wald rink at the 2010 USA Curling Junior National Championships in Bemidji, Minn. “I’m really excited for this opportunity to wear USA,” Beighton said. It was the second year in a row that Wald’s team fell in the championship final. Beighton (Edmonds, Wash.) and teammates derrick Mclean (Bothell, Wash.), Sam Galey (Seattle) and Joseph Purvis (Kenmore, Wash.) will make their first appearance at the World Junior Championships next month in Switzerland. Joining them will be Alexandra Carlson’s team from Minnesota, which defended its title in defeating Wisconsin I’s Becca Hamilton, 7-5. “We’re really happy right now,” Carlson said after the game. “We’re just really excited to represent the U.S. and doing better than last year.” Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (duluth, Minn.) narrowly missed the playoffs last year at World Juniors, finishing fifth out of 10 teams. They got off to a solid start in the final game, scoring in the game’s first five ends to take a 5-0 lead at the halfway point. Hamilton
2010 U.S. Junior Men’s champions (l-r): Joe Purvis, Sam Galey, Coach Murray Beighton, Derrick Mclean and Sean Beighton.
2010 All-Star Team Selected to the 2010 U.S. Junior Nationals All-Star team were: Women: Alexandra Carlson, skip; Tabitha Peterson, vice skip; Tara Peterson, second; and Sophie Brorson, lead, all of Team Minnesota I. Men: Trevor Andrews, Minnesota I, skip; Aaron Tasa, Minnesota I, vice skip; Jared Zezel, Minnesota II, second; John Muller, Minnesota II, lead.
and teammates Karlie Koenig (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Jenna Haag (Milton, Wis.) and Grace Gabower (Janesville, Wis.) battled back, however, scoring three points in the sixth end to cut the deficit. Carlson was held to a single in the eighth, but after Hamilton scored a deuce in the ninth end, Carlson didn’t bow to the steal attempt en route to capturing the national title. To avoid giving up the steal Hamilton had set up, Carlson had to skim past a guard and make a takeout of Hamilton’s count rock for the win. “The team consensus was that I’d missed…but I didn’t,” Carlson said and laughed. “We feel like we controlled every game this week and that was really important to us.” Beighton’s team took
Alaska’s Matt Birklid rink were the winners of the Men’s Curtis Cup for Sportsmanship. Team members included (l-r) Matt Birklid, Atticus Wallace, Ryan Flippo and Oliver Halvarson.
advantage of a key steal opportunity in the fifth end to break open a tie game . Wald (Chisholm, Minn.) and teammates Josh Bahr (Bemidji, Minn.), Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.) and John Muller (Hibbing, Minn.) didn’t recover and were forced to a single in the seventh end, trailing 53. Beighton would score singles in the next two ends to earn the trip to Switzerland. “I wasn’t feeling nervous at all,” Beighton said about watching his opponent throw the final rock in the ninth, which resulted in a steal for Washington. “He had to make a tough shot but he just overthrew it a bit. It hasn’t sunk in yet that we won.” This is the sixth season that Beighton, Mclean and Purvis have played together
2010 U.S. Junior Women’s champions (l-r): Alexandra Carlson, Tabitha Peterson, Tara Peterson, Sophie Brorson and Coach Kent Brorson.
Men’s round robin standings: Minnesota I (Andrews) 7-2 Minnesota II (Wald) 7-2 Massachusetts (dropkin) 6-3 Washington (Beighton) 6-3 Wisconsin II (Gabower) 5-4 New york (Corbett) 5-4 Wisconsin I (Morton) 4-5 North dakota (Jensen) 3-6 Alaska (Birklid) 2-7 Illinois (Brown) 0-9
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and second year with Galey in the front-end. “We went (to Junior Nationals) when we were really young in duluth and made it into a tiebreaker that year, and didn’t make it back again until last year when we played in the page 3-4 game. We ended up there again and knew that if we didn’t win that we were done. I guess we got onto a
North Dakota II’s Ann Podoll rink were the winners of the Women’s Curtis Cup for Sportsmanship. Team members included (l-r) Beth Podoll, Vanessa Manlove, Casey Hatlevoll, Christina Lammers and Ann Podoll.
good roll there and were able to win,” Beighton said. The win is even more critical for Beighton, who at age 21, was playing in his last year of junior eligibility. Same goes for Carlson and Tabitha Peterson. The World Junior Championships get underway March 6 in Flims, Switzerland.
Chloe Pahl of Wisconsin II received the Katie Beck Memorial Award for excellence at the second position.
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
Olympic TV schdedule (based on CT) Tuesday, Feb. 16: 11 a.m., USA network, men’s curling, USA v. Germany (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, USA v. Japan (live) Wednesday, Feb. 17: 1:30 a.m., CNBC, men’s curling, USA v. Norway (tape-delay) 2 a.m., MSNBC, mens curling, Canada v. Germany (tape delay) 11 a.m., USA network, women’s curling, USA v. Germany (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, USA v. Switzerland (live) Thursday, Feb. 18: 1:30 a.m., CNBC, women’s curling (tape delay) 2 a.m., MSNBC, women’s curling, Canada v. Japan (tape delay) 11 a.m., USA network, men’s curling, USA v. denmark (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, USA v. denmark (live) Friday, Feb. 19: 1:30 a.m., CNBC, men’s curling, Canada v. France (tape delay) 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, Canada v. Germany (tape delay) 11 a.m., USA network, women’s curling, USA v. russia (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, USA v. France (live) 9 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, Canada v. denmark (live) Saturday, Feb. 20 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, Canada v. denmark (tape delay 11 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, USA v. Sweden (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, USA v. Great Britain (live) 8:30 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, Canada v. Great Britain (live) Sunday, Feb. 21: 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, Norway v. denmark (tape delay) 11 a.m., MSNBC, women’s curling, USA v. Canada (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, USA v. Great Britain (live) 8:30 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, USA v. Sweden (live) Monday, Feb. 22: 2 a.m., MSNBC, women’s curling, Canada v. China (tape delay) 11 a.m., USA network, men’s curling, USA v. Canada (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, Canada v. Sweden (live) 9:30 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, USA v. China (live) Tuesday, Feb. 23: 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, Germany v. Great Britain (tape delay) 11 a.m., USA network, women’s curling, USA v. China (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling Canada v. China (live) 8:30 p.m., MSNBC, women’s curling, USA v. Switzerland (live) Wednesday, Feb. 24: 2 a.m., MSNBC, women;s curling, Canada v. russia (tape delay) 4 p.m., MSNBC, tiebreaker round Thursday, Feb. 25: 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s tiebreakers (if necessary, repeat) 11 a.m., USA network, women’s curling, semifinals (live) 4 p.m., CNBC, men’s semifinals (live) Friday, Feb. 26: 2 a.m., MSNBC, women’s curling, semifinals (repeat) 11 a.m., USA network, women’s curling, bronze-medal game (live) 5 p.m., CNBC, women’s curling, gold-medal game (live) Saturday, Feb. 27: 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, semifinals (repeat) 11 a.m., USA network, men’s curling, bronze-medal game (live) 5 p.m., CNBC, men’s curling, goldmedal game (live) Sunday, Feb. 28: 2 a.m., MSNBC, men’s curling, gold-medal game (repeat)
Olympic teams announced by Joanna Kelly, World Curling Federation The official announcement by the Swiss National Olympic Committee of the Swiss men’s and women’s Olympic curling teams in January completed the line up of players for the Curling Competition at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Speaking following his official nomination, skip of the Swiss men’s team and Salt Lake City Olympic bronze medallist Markus Eggler said: “When we started playing together as a team three and half years ago, it was our goal to get to the Olympics. We are delighted we’ve made it but our next goal is to win a medal.” Ten men’s and 10 women’s teams will compete at the Vancouver Olympic Centre when the curling competition gets underway on Feb. 16. In the women’s competition, Swedish Skip Anette Norberg returns to defend her gold medal title won in Turin in 2006. Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott who took silver in Turin, will be aiming for one step higher on the podium this time. In the men’s competition Canada’s Kevin Martin, who took silver in Salt Lake City in 2002, returns to represent the host nation
and defend Canada’s gold medal title from Turin. Some of the toughest competition is expected to come from Team Great Britain skipped by david Murdoch. representing Scotland, Murdoch and his team are currently men’s world champion, With the growth of the sport of curling in Asia since the last Olympic Winter Games, China will make history in winter sport in Vancouver. Chinese men’s and women’s teams will make their first appearance ever at an Olympic curling competition. The Chinese women’s team, skipped by Bingyu Wang, are reigning women’s world champions. Here is a look at the full field of competitors: Men: Canada: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert, Adam Enright China: rui Liu, Fengchun Wang (skip), Xiaoming Xu, Jialiang Zang, Honchen Li Denmark: Johnny Frederiksen, Ulrik Schmidt (skip), Bo Jensen, Lars Vilandt, Mikkel Poulsen
France: Thomas dufour, Tony Angiboust, Jan ducroz, richard ducroz, raphael Mathieu germany: Andy Kapp, Andreas Lang, Holger Hohne, Andrea Kempf, daniel Herberg great Britain: david Murdoch, Ewan Macdonald, Peter Smith, Euan Byers, Graeme Connal Norway: Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergaard, Christoffer Svae, Haavard Vad Petersson, Thomas Loevold Sweden: Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjaell, Oskar Eriksson Switzerland: ralph Stoeckli, Jan Hauser, Markus Eggler (skip), Simon Struebin, Toni Mueller USA: John Shuster, Jason Smith, Jeff Isaacson, John Benton, Chris Plys Women: Canada: Cheryl Bernard, Susan O’Connor, Carolyn darbyshire, Cori Bartel, Kristie Moore China: Bingyu Wang, yin Liu, Qingshuange yue, yan Zhou, Jinli Liu Denmark: denise dupont, Madeleine dupont, Angeline Jensen (skip), Camilla Jensen, Ane Hansen germany: Andrea Schoepp, Melanie robillard, Monika Wagner, Stella Heiss, Corinna
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2010 Olympic Winter games Draw schedule, Feb. 12-28, Vancouver, B.C. Men All times local Pacific Time (PT) 2/16: USA v. Germany, 9 a.m.; USA v. Norway, 2 p.m. 2/17: USA v. Switzerland, 2 p.m. 2/18: USA v. denmark, 9 a.m. 2/19: USA v. France, 2 p.m. 2/20: USA v. Sweden, 9 a.m. 2/21: USA v. Great Britain, 2 p.m. 2/22: USA v. Canada, 9 a.m.; USA v. China, 7 p.m. 2/23: No USA men’s draw 2/24: Tiebreakers (if needed), 9 a.m., noon & 7 p.m. 2/25: Semifinals at 2 p.m. 2/27: Bronze-medal match, 9 a.m.; gold medal, 3 p.m.
2010 Olympic Winter games Draw schedule, Feb. 12-28, Vancouver, B.C. Women All times local Pacific Time (PT) 2/16: USA v. Japan, 2 p.m. 2/17: USA v. Germany, 9 a.m. 2/18: USA v. denmark, 2 p.m. 2/19: USA v. russia, 9 a.m. 2/20: USA v. Great Britain, 2 p.m. 2/21: USA v. Canada, 9 a.m., USA v. Sweden, 7 p.m. 2/22: No USA women’s game 2/23: USA v. China, 9 a.m., USA v. Switzerland, 7 p.m. 2/24: Tiebreakers (if needed), 9 a.m., noon & 7 p.m. 2/25: Semifinals at 9 a.m. 2/26: Bronze-medal match, 9 a.m.; gold-medal, 3 p.m.
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Meet Team USA Augusto Perez Position: Skip Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1972 Hometown: Madrid, Spain Currently resides: East Syracuse, N.y. Occupation: Works part-time with people with developmental disabilities Education: Perez came to the U.S. in 1991 for his senior year of high school. He wound up staying when he was offered a scholarship from Paul Smith’s College in upstate New york. He received his bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College (Syracuse, N.y.) in Spanish with a minor in education. Perez has had three bouts with a rare form of cancer, which have resulted in disarticulation in his left hip and the loss of most of his left quadriceps muscle. Off the ice, he enjoys target shooting, soccer, wheelchair road racing, and mechanics. He volunteers as both a Spanish tutor for high school and middle school students and as a soccer assistant. He is also a member of the Syracuse Flyers wheelchair basketball team. Perez is married and the proud father of twins (a son and a daughter). He also is a two-time world champion in canoe/kayak and was inducted into the International Canoe Hall of Fame in 2009. He joined the U.S. Anti doping Agency’s “Clean Sports” program in 2009. Major Achievements: 2008: Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team 2008: USA Curling Male Athlete of the year 2008: Bronze medal - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sursee, Switzerland 2007: Sportsmanship Award - World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2007: Fifth place - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sollefteå, Sweden 2006: Eighth place - Paralympic Winter Games, Torino, Italy 2005: Selected to U.S. Paralympics Wheelchair Curling National Team James Pierce Position: Vice skip Birthdate: Feb. 17, 1963 Hometown: Greenville, S.C. Currently resides: North Syracuse, N.y. James Pierce was reluctant to get started in the sport of wheelchair curling, but once he got involved, he was hooked. “At first I wasn't that interested,” Pierce said, “but after learning more about the game and how it is played, I became very interested. I look at it as playing chess on ice. you always have to anticipate your opponent’s next move.” Now, Pierce will compete in his second Paralympic Winter Games when he hits the ice in Vancouver in 2010. The sport itself, however, hasn’t been the biggest part of what makes his experience so enjoyable. “The thing that I enjoy most is all of the friendly people involved with the sport and the great sportsmanship that surrounds the game.” Off the ice, Pierce enjoys playing wheelchair basketball, football and soccer. Major Achievements: 2008: Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team 2008: Bronze medal - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sursee, Switzerland 2007: Fifth place - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sollefteå, Sweden 2006: Eighth place - Paralympic Winter Games, Torino, Italy 2005: Eighth place - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Glasgow, Scotland 2004: Gold medal - National Wheelchair Curling Championship, Utica, N.y. James Joseph Position: Second Birthdate: Sept. 1, 1962 Hometown: Utica, N.y. Currently resides: New Hartford, N.y. Joseph was injured in 1987, when he was pinned between two vehicles, ultimately costing him both of his legs. Joseph's nickname is ‘Jimmy Jam.’ He said he got the name because, “I jam at everything I do.” Joseph added, “I’m very energetic, and I put my heart, soul and energy into everything I do. My friends gave me the nickname, and it kind of stuck.” He has incorporated his nickname into his seasonal business, Jimmy Jam Snowplowing.
Team USA (l-r) Augusto Perez, James Pierce, James Joseph, Jacqueline Kapinowski, Patrick McDonald.
ing. She has completed 45 marathons and has crossed the finish line a few different ways - running, with a walker and in a push-rim wheelchair. Kapinowski and her husband, Harry, have two sons – Lorin Michael, 23, and Billy, 22. Lorin Michael is in the Coast Guard, stationed in Alaska, and Billy is in his fourth year at Lynn University. Major Achievements: 2008: Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team 2008: Bronze medal - World Wheelchair Championship, Sursee, Switzerland Patrick McDonald Position: Alternate Birthdate: June 9, 1967 Hometown: Los Gatos, Calif. Currently resides: Orangevale, Calif. Mcdonald is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been competing in a number of sports over the past 16 years. He once saw curling on TV and thought it looked like fun, so he decided to get involved. But, Mcdonald isn't limiting his Paralympic Games aspirations to just one sport as he says his goal is to win a medal at both the summer and winter Games. After Vancouver, Mcdonald is going to try to make the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team in the sport of shooting. Mcdonald and his wife, Carrie, have two children - a daughter, Andie, and a son, Kaelan. Major Achievements: 2008: Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team Steve Brown Steve Brown, Madison, Wis., is the head coach for the Paralympic wheelchair curling team. Brown has coached at just about every level in curling and was inducted into the USA Curling Hall of Fame in 1998. As a player, Brown won the Nationals three times and also won a senior title as well as a mixed title. He has two bronze medals from Men’s Worlds and a gold from the 2002 World Seniors and a silver from the 2004 World Seniors. The owner of Steve’s Curling Supplies, Brown also is a prolific golfer.
Joseph also enjoys wheelchair basketball, golf, road racing and working out. Major Achievements: 2008: Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team 2008: Bronze medal - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sursee, Switzerland 2007: Fifth place - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Sollefteå, Sweden 2006: Eighth place - 2006 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team, Torino, Italy 2005: Eighth place - World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Glasgow, Scotland 2004: Gold medal - National Wheelchair Curling Championship, Utica, N.y. Jacqueline Kapinowski Position: Lead Birthdate: Nov. 28, 1962 Hometown: Bellesville, N.J. Currently resides: Point Pleasant, N.J. Off the ice, Kapinowski remains dedicated to her beloved road rac-
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, gold-medal game Paralympic background: Wheelchair curling became a medal sport at the Paralympic Winter Games for the first time in 2006 in Torino, Italy. The Americans finished eighth with Perez and Joseph as members of the team. American danell Libby won the Sportsmanship Award at the 2006 Paralympics. The best finish for the Americans at a world or Paralympic competition was in 2008 when Perez led the current team to bronze. 2006 Paralympics: Gold: Canada Silver: Great Britain Bronze: Sweden USA: 8th
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
NFL star named honorary team captain for men’s Olympic team
Vukich, Pustovar defend senior national titles by Terry Kolesar, Editor
hey’d won men’s nationals together nearly a decade ago, but on Jan. 31 they were on opposite sides battling for the right to wear USA again in the men’s gold-medal game at the 2010 U.S. Senior National Championship in Portage, Wis. Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) and Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) teamed up to win the 2002 Nationals and make the semifinals at the Worlds that year in Bismarck, N.d. But that was a long time ago. Both have since won the U.S. senior title – Pustovar last year and Goodland in 2007. With the double knockout provision in place, Pustovar, 58, and teammates Brian Simonson (Hibbing), Tom Harms (Pengilly, Minn.), don Mohawk (Nashwauk, Minn.) and John Kokotovich (Hibbing) had to defeat Goodland’s team twice in 8 hours to advance to the World Seniors once again. In the afternoon match, Pustovar’s team needed an extra end to knock off Goodland’s team, 7-6, with a key steal. It was the first loss of the tournament for Goodland and teammates Pete Westberg (Naperville, Ill.), Tim Solin (Mahtomedi, Minn.) and Ken Olson (Plymouth, Minn.). Pustovar’s rink then defeated Goodland for a second time to officially eliminate him, 8-3. Pustovar, who has won just about every type of curling title it seems, trailed until the half-way mark when the team scored three and didn’t look back. After Goodland was held to a single in the fifth end, tying up the game, Pustovar delivered the knockout punch with a big four-ender. A steal in the next end brought the senior title home for Pustovar’s northern Minnesota rink. Seattle’s Sharon Vukich has had a busy season. The 52-year-old curler from the Granite Curling Club won the U.S. Mixed doubles title in december, followed up with the Washington
by Terry Kolesar, Editor
2010 U.S. Senior Nationals champs (l-r) Sharon Vukich, Linda Cornfield, Susan Curtis and Betty Kozai. Photo by Liz Abeltin
2010 U.S. Senior National champions (l-r) Paul Pustovar, Brian Simonson, Tom Harms, Don Mohawk, John Kokotovich and Coach Dale Gibbs. Photo by Kellie Krake
women’s club title and then defended her U.S. senior national title at the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth, Mass., on Jan. 30. Vukich and teammates Linda Cornfield (Seattle), Susan Curtis (rogers, Ark.) and Betty Kozai (Seattle) defeated Mary Colacchio’s home-club team three times in a best three-out-of-five competition to win the right to wear USA. She’s also qualified to compete at the World Mixed doubles, which is held at the same time. Vukich’s team defeated Colacchio and teammates Catherine Offinger (Falmouth, Mass.), Abigail read (Appleton, Maine) and Susan Verner (Mashpee, Mass.) by scores of 10-4 and 9-7, then had to battle back and steal the extra end in the third game for the 6-5 victory. The 2010 World Senior Championships will take place April 16-24 in Chelyabinski, russia. dani Thibodeaux (Seattle) will join the team in russia.
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Men’s Round Robin: Pool A: Bob daly 3-2 George Godfrey 3-2 Paul Pustovar 3-2 Phil deVore 2-3 Stuart Graves 2-3 Seppo Sormunen 2-3 Pool B: Geoff Goodland 5-0 Scott Edie 4-1 Mark Arnold 3-2 Mike Fraboni 2-3 Lionel Locke 1-4 Walter Ehlert 0-5
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Double knockout provision Championship, game 1: Pustovar 010 021 021 7 *Goodland 102 100 200 6 Championship, game 2: Pustovar 000 304 1x 8 *Goodland 101 010 0x 3 Women’s competition, best three out of five: Vukich *Colacchio
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ro Bowl tight end Vernon davis of the San Francisco 49ers football team has been named the honorary captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men’s Curling. davis played in his first Pro Bowl Jan. 31 in Miami and was named a starter for the National Football Conference. He took up curling in december and, like so many others who get caught up in the ancient Scottish sport, davis became an instant fan. “I’m excited for the opportunity. It’s quite an honor,” davis said. “I look forward to going to the Olympics and being an honorary captain. And, I look forward to learning more and meeting those guys and finding out what their practice is like.” As honorary captain, davis will be in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 19-21 to support the team’s quest for gold. Men’s team members John Shuster (duluth, Minn.), Jason Smith (Cape Coral, Fla.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) and Chris Plys (duluth, Minn.) are all big NFL fans and are excited about the opportunity to bridge the Olympic sport of curling with the NFL. “It’s a great opportunity for the sport to have a Pro Bowl-type athlete interested in our sport,” said Phill drobnick, head coach of the men’s Olympic curling team. “We’re really excited to interact with someone who has worked so hard to raise his level of play in his sport and become undoubtedly one of the best tight
Davis in action on the field as a San Francisco 49er. NFL photo
ends in the NFL. This is definitely something great for the sport of curling, and the team looks forward to seeing him in Vancouver.” In addition to supporting the team in Vancouver, davis taped several public service announcements for USA Curling with the support of Atomic Productions, Inc. “I got a chance to really show my personality and they let me do what I wanted at the end. I had a blast with it,” davis said about the PSA taping at the 49ers facility and Sharks Ice at San Jose. davis, 25, is a native of Washington, d.C., and played his college ball at Maryland. This is his fourth season in the NFL after being selected sixth overall in the draft by the 49ers in 2006 with the team’s top pick. This has been a breakout season for davis, who with his 13th touchdown toward the end of the regular season in december tied the NFL record for a tight end. “We’re definitely honored to have someone of his talent stepping out of his normal space on the football field to help support the sport of curling,” said rick Patzke, chief operating officer for USA Curling.
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Seattle duo heading to russia for World Mixed
n an all-Seattle championship final, the hometown team of Sharon Vukich and Mike Calcagno will represent the USA in russia in April after winning the 2010 U.S. Mixed doubles Championship at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle dec. 6. Vukich and Calcagno upset the defending champion Cristin Clark and partner Sean Beighton, 10-4. It wasn’t without a battle, though. Vukich jumped out to an early lead with a critical four-ender in the fourth and held off a late rally by Clark and Beighton to seal the win and finish the competition undefeated. Vukich, 52, a two-time U.S. women’s national champion in the 1980s, also won the 2009 U.S. Senior National title, placing sixth at the World Seniors. She’ll wear USA once again, but this will be the first time for Calcagno, 40, who’s played in past U.S. Club National Championships. Vukich struck first, scoring in the first two ends to grab an early 3-0 lead. Clark would earn a deuce in
2010 U.S. mixed doubles champions Mike Calcagno and Sharon Vukich.
the third end, but it was the fourth end that proved to be the key point in the match in this third installment of the U.S. Mixed doubles Championship. Vukich and Calcagno were able to earn four points and never looked back. Trailing now 7-2 at this point, Clark and Beighton were forced to a single but would steal one more in the seventh end. With just one end remaining, the lead proved insurmountable as Vukich and Calcagno popped a deuce to win the title.
They now head to the 2010 World Mixed doubles Championship April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, russia. Earlier in the day, the semifinals went right down to the final rocks as Vukich and Calcagno just clipped the team of derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) and Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.), 7-6. Clark and Beighton needed an extra end to hold off derek Surka and Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), 8-7. It was the first losses for both teams at the most inopportune time.
round robin standings: Pool A: derrick McLean-Lysa Hambley Cristin Clark-Sean Beighton Emily Good-Jake Vukich Barry VanWieringen-Cynthia Kozai Bart read-Abigail read Gary Mazzotta-Michelle Summer Ben Levy-Emilia Juocys
6-0 5-1 4-2 2-4 2-4 1-5 1-5
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5-0 4-1 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4
Pool C: Sharon Vukich-Mike Calcagno Joyance Meechai-Jason Nawyn Steve Lundeen-Elizabeth Coffin Senja Lopac-Matt Zyblut Eric Schultz-Julie Smith James Pleasants-Jaynie Pleasants
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Women’s field set for 2010 U.S. Nationals by Terry Kolesar, Editor
field of 10 women’s teams will compete at the 2010 U.S. National Championships March 6-13 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. The competing men’s teams will be announced following qualifying events in January. Leading the way in the field is 2009 Nationals runner-up and four-time national champion Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.y.); 2009 Nationals bronze medalist and three-time national champion Amy Wright (duluth, Minn.); and Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), a two-time U.S. Olympian and five-time U.S. national champion who finished fourth at Nationals last season. Absent from the list of competing teams is the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Curling, skipped by 2003 world champion debbie McCormick (rio, Wis.). The team has elected to skip Nationals this season after winning the past four in a row. That means a new team will represent the U.S. at the world championships for the first time since 2005. The 2010 Ford World Women’s
Championship will take place March 20-28 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. The 10 women’s teams advanced directly to the National Championships as they were the only 10 to sign up for the national playdowns in a season one year removed from the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling. Often, a dip in the number of entrants occurs after the Trials season. Here is a look at the competing women’s field: Team Brown: Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago), Laura Hallisey (Medfield, Mass.) Team Coleman: Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.), Ann drummie (Washington, d.C.), Jodee dike-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.), Karen Officer (Los Altos, Calif.) Team Hambley: Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.), Em Good (Seattle), Beth Coffin (redmond,
Wash.), Cynthia Eng-dinsel (Bothell, Wash.), Sara Skulec (Bothell, Wash.) Team Hamilton: Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Karlie Koenig (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Jenna Haag (Milton, Wis.), Grace Gabower (Janesville, Wis.) Team Heisler: Matina Heisler (Falmouth, Mass.), Elizabeth Abeltin (Falmouth, Mass.), Marinna Martini (Falmouth, Mass.), Wendy Scholes (North Falmouth, Mass.), Barbara Thomson (South Weymouth, Mass.) Team Horn: debra Horn (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Laurel Maurer (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), Emilia Juocys (rochester Hills, Mich.), Courtney Schmidt (Gates Mills, Ohio) Team Lank: Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.y.), Caitlin Maroldo (rochester, N.y.), Jessica Schultz (richfield, Minn.), Aileen Sormunen (duluth, Minn.) Team Walker: Monica Walker (Boston), Ashley Lawreck (Quincy, Mass.), Elizabeth Williams (New
york Mills, N.y.), rachel ryan (East Syracuse, N.y.) Team Wapola: Kimberly Wapola (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Brigid Ellig (Minnetonka, Minn.), Carl Strojny (St. Paul, Minn.), Connie Kupferschmidt (St. Paul, Minn.) Team Wright: Amy Wright (duluth, Minn.), Courtney George (duluth, Minn.), Jordan Moulton (Minneapolis, Minn.), Patricia Luke (duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (duluth, Minn.) As the Curling News was going to press, the final astage of qualification for the men’s teams was underway. So far, the following seven teams have earned berths for Nationals: Team Stevens: Matt Stevens, Cody Stevens, robert Liapis, Jeff Breyen (all of Bemidji, Minn.) Team Birr: Todd Birr (Mankato, Minn.), Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.), Tom O’Connor (Brooklyn Center, Minn.), Kevin Birr (St. Peter, Minn.) Team Brown: Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.),
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Teams begin qualifying for 2010 Mixed in Chicago As of press time, the following teams had qualified for the 2010 U.S. Mixed National Championship March 20-27 in Chicago: GNCC/Connecticut: derek Surka, Charrissa Lin, Sean Murray, rachel Sethi GLCA/Michigan: Todd Gault, Christy Schweitzer, Mark McElwee, Maureen Gault MoPac/California: Lyle Sieg, Gabrielle Coleman, Barry Ivy, Candace Seip Washington: Brady Clark, Cristin Clark, Philip Tilker, Bev Walter Minnesota: ron Gervais, Norma O’Leary, dave running, Pam Cavers
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rich ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Zach Jacobson (Langdon, N.d.), Pete Annis (Owatonna, Minn.) Team Fenson: Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), Shawn rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (duluth, Minn.), Tyler George (duluth, Minn.) Team Morton: Blake Morton (McFarland, Wis.), Marcus Fonger (Cottage Grove, Wis.), Tommy Juszczyk (McFarland, Wis.), Calvin Weber (McFarland, Wis.), Mark Hartman (Sun Prairie, Wis.) Team Hames: Matt Hames (Buffalo, N.y.), Bill Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.y.), Martin Sather (New rochelle, N.y.), dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.) Team Shuster: John Shuster (duluth, Minn.), Chris Plys (duluth, Minn.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) The 2010 Capital One Men’s World Championship will take place April 3-11 in Cortina, Italy.
Wisconsin State Senior Championship master’s division winners (l-r) Steve Esser, Russ Johnson, Ron Georgeson and Jon Pfarr.
The Wisconsin Senior Men’s Championship took place Jan. 22-24 at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club in Hartland, Wis. Here are the results: Master’s Winner–Alpine: Steve Esser, russ Johnson, ron Georgeson, Jon Pfarr Master’s runner-up–Arlington: Lewie Falk, dave Qualle, Clif Erstad, Gordon dunn 1EW–rice Lake: Larry Sharp, Bill Kind, Greg dahl, don Wedin 1ErU–rice Lake: ron Parker, Jim Berndt, Wes Mohns, Al robarge 2EW–Kettle Moraine: ron Kase, John Geason, Tom Hoffman, Herb rasmussen 2ErU–racine: ralph Ludwig, Mike Janecky, Paul Knodel, Bob Miers 3EW–Kettle Moraine: Gary dowd, Jim duncan, Pat O’driscoll, don White 3ErU–Clintonville: Merritt Sasse, Steve Fellman, rick Stautz, Tom Felts 4EW–Madison: Steven O’Connor, Paul Beebe, Al Hateman, Jim Nelson 4ErU–Madison: Ken Neidhart, Cliff Andreoli, Tom Gannon, rob Wixson
Blackhawk Mixed Wisconsin State Senior Championship first event winners (l-r) Larry Sharp, Bill Kind, Greg Dahl and Don Wedin.
Blackhawk Mixed Bonspiel champions (l-r) James Krutilla, Pauline Krutilla, Bob Craig and Val Craig.
The 43rd Annual Blackhawk Mixed Bonspiel took place Jan. 22-24 in Janesville, Wis. Here are the results: 1EW–Wauwatosa/Blackhawk: James Krutilla, Pauline Krutilla, Bob Craig, Val Craig 1ErU–Blackhawk: Jim Wilhelm, Nancy Wilhelm, Gary Olson, darcie Olson 2EW–Blackhawk: Tony Jacobson, Kim Landowski, Paul rudkin, Maureen Parker 2ErU–racine: Steve Thery, Missy Thery, Mike Fitzgerald, Lori Fitzgerald 3EW–Kettle Moraine: Jerry Helding, Millie Buege, Jim Buege, Chris Helding 3ErU–Chicago: Jack Wulfekuhle, Susan Bennett, david Style, Elisa yee 4EW–Madison: richard Berling, deesa Berling, Joe Sokal, Ellen roney 4ErU–Kettle Moraine: Andy rampolla, Barbara rampolla, Steve Kerr, Jackie Stestina
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
The day they kicked JFK off the ice in Medford by Richard Maskel, Green Bay Curling Club
ohn Fitzgerald Kennedy formally announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on Jan. 2, 1960, in front of approximately three hundred friends, supporters and journalists assembled in the Senate Caucus room in Washington, d.C. during his speech that day he stated, “I believe that any democratic aspirant to this important nomination should be willing to submit to the voters his views, record and competence in a series of primary contests.” While the March 8th New Hampshire primary would be the first of these events on the calendar, the pivotal battleground state of Wisconsin, scheduled for April 5, would soon follow. One should remember that the political landscape was very different 50 years ago from what it is today. Only 15 states and the district of Columbia held presidential primaries in 1960 and Wisconsin was quite prominent among them. Aware of its importance, the junior senator from Massachusetts would spend a total of 29 days relentlessly campaigning in the state. His chief rival there was Senator Hubert Humphrey, who hailed from neighboring Minnesota and was considered by most pundits to be almost a “favorite son” in the Badger State. On Feb. 24, Kennedy began a three day swing through Wisconsin starting in the Milwaukee area. The next day, Thursday, February 25th, the senator flew in his private twinengine Convair turboprop (nicknamed “Caroline,” after his then 2-year old daughter) to the Wausau Municipal Airport. From there, he embarked on a fifteen vehicle motorcade trip to visit the surrounding cities of Antigo, Merrill, Medford, and Abbotsford. That Thursday also marked the first day of competition for the Badger State Women’s Bonspiel, an annual event that rotated among host clubs in Wisconsin and just happened to be held that year at the Medford Curling Club, a four sheet facility. The 1960 tournament was a four day contest that featured 28 rinks from around the state, including one skipped by local club member Marie doyle, who was also serving as co-chair of the event. during that afternoon, the Kennedy entourage arrived in tiny Medford
(population 3,260) for a 2:15 p.m. speaking engagement at the Taylor County Teachers College. Afterwards, someone got the idea that the group should pay an unscheduled visit to the curling club for what nowadays would be termed a “photo op.” With this mind, Medford curler and professional photographer Conan doyle, husband of Marie, was contacted and the appropriate arrangements were quickly made. The stage was now set for a truly extraordinary and unprecedented moment in the annals of curling history. A Milwaukee Journal editorial column would later offer a rather succinct and somewhat terse version of the resulting encounter by stating, “At the Medford Curling club, where the Badger women’s bonspiel is underway, the women show resentment at the political intrusion.” The local Medford Star News recorded a more detailed version of the incident— “Senator Kennedy good naturedly submitted to a suggestion that he pose for a picture on one of the four sheets of ice during the series of games being curled at the time. It was pointed out by one of the officials that Women’s Badger State rules forbid anyone but a participant from entering the rink area during the competition. The senator left without having his picture taken.” However, it was the local history book published in conjunction with the Medford club’s 50th anniversary which recounted the most frank rendition of the event under the heading “The Future President Gets the Boot.” According to this account, “Marie doyle, chairperson of the bonspiel, forcefully called attention to the bonspiel rule prohibiting any persons other than the curlers from being on the ice during the progress of the games and she thereupon ordered Senator Kennedy to leave. He promptly complied, and Conan doyle followed without a word.” ray Scott, now 88 years old and living in Arizona, was in the building that day. Interviewed by telephone, ray said, “I’m quite sure that no one else objected to him going on the ice.” He remembers that Kennedy had a group of people with him and they were watching from the bar area, which looks out onto Sheet 4. “They wanted to educate him about the game,” ray added. “We chatted a bit. He had never heard of the game before. It was sort of
fascinating for him.” Long time Medford curler Shirley Klinner, who would co-chair the Badger Women’s Bonspiel when it returned to Medford in 1979, confirmed that the written rules of the event at that time did specifically bar non-competitors from entering the ice house once the tournament began. Marie doyle’s son Jerry later recalled that his mother was absolutely adamant that “senator or no senator,” John Kennedy did not belong out on the ice. He relates that she was “irate and scooted him out of there.” However, his father had an entirely different opinion on the matter. Although it may be true that Conan doyle did indeed depart from the curling club that day “without a word,” Jerry confessed that this incident was to cause a considerable rift between his parents. One question still remains from that day. did John Kennedy actually step out into the ice house or did he have his way barred before he even got there? ray Scott recalls Marie doyle speaking to JFK in the bar area, but cannot remember if the senator had already ventured out on the ice. As yet, no one else has been located who can provide eyewitness testimony. Since most of the major players in this drama are no longer around, the truth may never be known. Whatever the case, if this historic encounter were to be described in purely competitive curling terms, Marie doyle had, in effect, run the future President of the United States “right off the ice.” After departing Medford, the Kennedy motorcade returned to Wausau. The senator remained there overnight with his wife Jackie and then flew on to Eau Claire the next day where he would rendezvous with his brother, robert F. Kennedy. It is interesting to note that had rFK joined the campaign trail just one day earlier, Marie doyle may have enjoyed the unique opportunity to “boot” both Kennedy brothers off the ice at the same time. John Kennedy eventually beat Hubert Humphrey in the Wisconsin primary by a total of 476,024 to 366,753, garnering 56.5 percent of the democratic vote along the way. It should be noted, however, that in the 10th Congressional district, which includes Medford, the Minnesota senator did manage to out-poll his Massachusetts counterpart
by a margin of 32,343 to 27,794. The triumph in Wisconsin was considered to be crucial to Kennedy’s overall campaign efforts and solidified his position as front runner in the race. Other primary wins in New Hampshire, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, West Virginia, Maryland, and Oregon added further momentum and subsequently helped to propel JFK to a first ballot victory as his party’s nominee at the democratic convention later that summer in Los Angeles. Kennedy would go on to narrowly defeat the republican Party candidate, Vice President richard Nixon, in the November general election and then served as the 35th President of the United States until his death as the result of an assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
The Taylor County Teachers College held its last commencement ceremony in May of 1970. Conan doyle passed away that same year and his wife Marie followed in 1992. The Badger Women’s Curling Association regulation which prohibited noncompetitors from entering the rink house during its annual State Bonspiel is no longer in effect. The thriving community of Medford now boasts a total population of 4,350 residents. The curling club there is currently celebrating its sixtieth year of operation, still playing in the very same building where a “president-to-be” once briefly tread. As for John F. Kennedy, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, he was to never again set foot inside a curling facility.
Key: O–Open; X–Mixed; Xd–Mixed doubles; M–Men’s; W–Women’s; S–Senior; WC–Wheelchair C–Cashspiel; J–Junior; ST–Stick
Portage, WI–Alumni Schenectady, Ny–Gordon Emmett Stevens Point, WI Wauwatosa, WI Willmar, MN–Olympic Novice
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MARCH 19–21 Aksarben, NE–Irish Centerville, WI Curl Mesabi, MN Grand Forks, Nd Green Bay, WI Heather, MN Itasca, MN–State High School Kettle Moraine, WI Nutmeg, CT–Golden Handle Pardeeville, WI Poynette, WI–Five year and under Utica, Ny–Child’s Challenge
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MARCH 26–28 Blackhawk, WI Broomstones, MA Grafton, Nd Hibbing, MN–Last Chance Itasca, MN Lake region, Nd Mankato, MN–Bunny Minot, Nd–Grainbelt Shirtsleeve Pardeeville, WI Potomac, Md–Cherry Blossom Stevens Point, WI Two Harbors, MN
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APRIL 9–11 Anchorage, AK Granite, WA Green Bay, WI Pardeeville, WI–red Baron
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Date Type FEB. 12–14 Broomstones, MA–Francis dykes M Centerville, WI X detroit Lakes, MN–Vern Turner O duluth, MN–International MW Grand Forks, Nd W Itasca, MN–Sweetheart’s X Madison, WI–State High School J Marshfield, WI M racine, WI X rice Lake, WI M Schenectady, Ny–USWCA National W St. Paul, MN–Kyle Satrom J Wausau, WI M FEB. 19–21 Arlington, WI Copper Country, MI–Copperspiel detroit, MI Fargo-Moorhead, MN Green Bay, WI Grand Forks, Nd–youth Can-Am Granite, WA Heather, MN Pardeeville, WI Portage, WI Utica, Ny–Cobb Waltham, IL Wauwatosa, WI
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FEB. 23–24 Chicago, IL–Heathers
FEB. 26–28 Albany, Ny–dutch Shoe Anchorage, AK–Fur rondy Ardsley, Ny–McKay douglas Centerville, WI Heather, MN Kettle Moraine, WI Mankato, MN Mayfield, OH–Evergreen Schenectady, Ny–Kayser 5 & Under St. Paul, MN
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APRIL 16–18 Broadmoor, CO Houston, TX Kansas City, KS
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APRIL 23–25 Coyotes, AZ (Scottsdale)–desert Ice
MARCH 5–7 Appleton, WI–Two-Man Stick (3/6) Columbus, OH duluth, MN–Bert Payne Grafton, Nd Kettle Moraine, WI Marshfield, WI Schenectady, Ny Tri City, WI–Tri City Men’s Vikingland, MN–runestone Waltham, IL
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JUNE 4–6 Great Smoky Mountains, TN
JUNE 11–13 Granite, WA–Summerspiel
JULY 3–5 Pittsburgh, PA–TropiCurl
JULY 8–11 Cape Cod, MA
MARCH 12–14 Arlington, WI duluth, MN–dunlop Grafton, Nd Green Bay, WI–Shamrock Heather, MN Itasca, MN–Gopher State Lake region, Nd–High School Lodi, WI–St. Patrick’s day
SM X M W X W J X
JULY 11–14 Cape Cod, MA
JULY 16–18 Cape Cod, MA Green Bay, WI–Tailgate
AUg. 6–8 Green Bay, WI–Summerspiel
MAY 28–30 Hollywood, CA–Summer Blockbuster O San Francisco, CA–Golden Gate O
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
Condom package is in poor taste dear Editor, I have been mulling over the news and actions of the USCA since reading in the december issue of the “Curling News” regarding the arrangements the USCA and curling sponsor Kodiak Technology have arrived at in regard to “Hurry Hard” condoms and the co-op marketing of these items. I have also read the article by Nancy Armour, AP Writer. I have finally arrived at a decision where I feel strongly enough about the subject that I must write to let my thoughts be known. Making people aware of the dangers of AIdS/HIV is a noble goal and cannot be faulted. I do seriously question whether this is an appropriate task to be undertaken by the USCA. My personal feeling on the subject is that the name “Hurry Hard” used on a condom goes beyond the point of being in poor taste; I feel it is actually tasteless. Also the logo of the happy smiley curling stone on a condom package is in extremely poor taste. The humor of the name and the logo belong at after game discussions at a Men’s Bonspiel, not in a National Sport newspaper and on its web site. Secondly, marketing this item under the banner of U.S. National Curling opens the entire sport and its U.S. participants to even more ridicule and criticism. The sport has unfairly endured ridicule over all the years I have been involved in being compared to house cleaning, tied in with drinking, etc. Evidence is already appearing in this regard by Googling “HUrry HArd CONdOMS” and coming up with Andy Hutchins “The Sporting Blog.” I believe many more articles will be written by various unknowledgeable sports and feature writers and their content will only go downhill from Mr.
Hutchins’s Sporting Blog. My final point is that within the U.S. curling fraternity of 15,000+ curlers there are a group of people that feel as I do and probably stronger than I on the subject. There is a second group that probably doesn’t care either way and a third group that thinks it is humorous and/or cute and does not feel there is any harm in this. I do not know the percentages of the three groups and I don’t believe the USCA knows either, but I do feel that the USCA does have an overall credibility and image problem situation with some of its members that has been developed through the years, and when looking at the decision to market the condoms, the USCA board should have looked at the risk/reward factor of this decision and considered how many of these USCA members the decision like this will alienate and the consequence to the USCA of any member alienation. Based on what I can determine, I do not feel this factor was taken into account when this decision was made by the USCA board. I have tried to explain my personal feelings on this decision and also tried to lay out what I feel will be some of the practical business fallout of this decision. I am a second generation, long-time curler of over 50 years and plan on continuing curling as long as I am able. I do not appreciate and I resent the sport I love becoming more of an object of ridicule due to its national association choosing an unwise and unnecessary path. I hope the USCA board will revisit this decision
and dissolve this marketing relationship as soon as possible. Thanks for listening. regards, Steuart E. Tray Chicago Curling Club
International platform helps educate dear Editor: As the manger of Advocates for youth’s youth Activist Network (yAN), which is comprised of more than 25,000 young people from around the United States, I would like to send a sincere thank you to the U.S. Curling Association for their work in promoting sexual health. Through the sales and promotion of Hurry Hard Condoms, they are using their platform as international competitors in the world’s largest competition to educate young people on the importance of condom usage in the fight against unplanned pregnancy, STd’s and HIV. I have seen first hand the importance of condom normalization amongst young people. As a former high school teacher, my students were not taught about condoms at all. Misconceptions that two condoms are better than one, let alone how STds were transmitted, were all too common. As a result, we had high rates of teenage pregnancy on our 9th and 10th grade campus. yAN members, who attend college and universities across the country, have
been working hard to dispel myths heard on their own campuses. At some colleges where condom usage is discouraged, they have been fighting to educate against the “Pull and Pray” method practiced by many students. Others have been the first to show their sexually active peers what exactly condoms are, let alone how they work. Many have been working hard to educate their peers that HIV has not disappeared and that we’re all at risk when we practice unsafe sex. In a country with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world and HIV infection rates on the rise, it’s time to say enough. The only way we are going to turn the tide against HIV, unintended pregnancy and STds is by involving people from all fields in this fight. Thank you, USCA for being a pioneer in this work! yours in the struggle, Sarah Audelo Manager, youth Activist Network Advocates for youth
Organization’s goal should include social responsibility dear Editor: I am writing this not as a USCA director but as a health care professional. A number of members feel it is not the place of the USCA to be involved in the sale of condoms. However, part of our responsibility as an organization is to be socially responsible. Anything that we as an organization can do to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease helps society. Putting our heads in the sand and saying that only abstinence is acceptable is naive at best. Being in the health field, I have seen the effects of STd but have also seen the effects of safe sex educa-
McCormick finishes fifth on WCTour money list Led by an impressive year by the 2010 U.S. Olympic women’s curling team skipped by debbie McCormick, the U.S. placed four women’s and six men’s teams in the top 100 on the money list for World Curling Tour performances. McCormick and teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.),
Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Tracy Sachtjen (Lodi, Wis.) made the playoffs in seven of nine competitions they entered, capturing one event title – the OVCA Fall Classic in November – for a total of $23,421 (CdN) in winnings for the season. Pete Fenson’s team led the way for the American men at $8,177, followed closely by the men’s Olympic team
led by John Shuster at $8,002. Other U.S. teams finishing in the Top 100 in their respective divisions included Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Sandra McMakin (Potomac, Md.), Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.y.), Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.), Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.), Aaron Wald (Chisholm, Minn.) and Todd Birr (Mankato, Minn.).
tion, which includes the use of condoms. As a member of the curling community I support and applaud the actions of the USCA to help stem the spread of STd. Paul Badgero detroit Curling Club
Condom program promotes sex Patzke knows there will be those who won't approve of the project, possibly even some within USA Curling. But the federation isn’t promoting or advocating sex, Patzke said. regarding the statement above - you are absolutely correct; I strongly dissaprove!!! There is no way that this promotion could be construed as anything but promoting and advocating sex. I am not a prude and "hurry hard" would be a fun theme for a mixed bonspiel, but it is extremely inappropriate as used here. I am upset to have curling associated with this campaign and I am really angry that my USCA dues be put to use in this promotional manner. The board members voted on this and agreed to it????????? I would love to hear from you as to how many others feel the same way I do and what your plans are to address the anger of your membership. There has not been ONE SINGLE CUrLEr that I have spoken to that has considered this campaign appropriate, NOT ONE! Even the young feel it is tasteless. I have been promoting junior curling as wholesome and an activity that parents can feel comfortable getting their teens involved in. Boy, you just blew that one out of the water! Signed, Carol Jones Utica Curling Club
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Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
USWCA takes great strides in past decade by Loraine Waybourn, USWCA, Public Relations
e “live in interesting times” – to paraphrase an old Chinese curse. The “20naught years” of this century’s first decade has been one of the most unique with its challenges. And through it all, the volunteer talent, dedication, energy, and professionalism of the USWCA managed “to nurture and promote curling for today’s women and all youth.” during this decade, some of the highlights include: The terrorist attack of New york wrecked the plans for the 2001 fall meeting on the Atlantic shores of the Chesapeake CC. reacting and rescheduling challenged our communications and proved our resourcefulness – and tenacity of our members. We successfully combined the meeting with our Senior Women’s Bonspiel – inland at Curl Mesabi, Minn. We decided to re-schedule our 2002 meeting – to remove any conflict for the many USWCA curling volunteers for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. In y2K, we introduced the concept of a “collector pin” – designed each year by Bridget Matzke and managed by Alice Sedgwick, both of Wisconsin. The jewelry pins, along with the line of promotional clothing introduced in 2001, have been successful fundraisers. This decade, more than $10K of the funds raised by this committee were used to donate junior curling equipment to member clubs. This fund also makes available some travel assistance to junior teams. In 2002 we added the function of area liaisons, a specific person in each area to provide a conduit of information to the clubs within their area. during the decade, the USWCA added new member clubs. We warmly welcome our newest member clubs: East: Triangle, NC; Potomac, Md; Canadian Club of Boston; Lake Placid, Ny; Pittsburgh, PA. Central: Columbus, OH; Great Smoky Mountain, TN. Wisconsin: Centerville and Portage.
West: Chisholm, MN; Portland Or; San Jose, CA; Bismark, Nd; dallas, TX; Coyote, AZ. In 2004, we expanded sponsorship of junior bonspiels by hosting in each of three areas annually. USWCA sponsorship includes trophies, award pins for four events in two divisions (competitive and developmental), and banners. The annual National Women’s Bonspiel continued. This self supporting, 10-end, 32-team, very special bonspiel was first organized in 1949. The only miss was in 1978 - when the Boston-area Brae Burn club got the great blizzard instead. For only the second time in the history of the bonspiel – an eight-ender was laid during the Curl Mesabi bonspiel in February 2004. The eightender trophy was awarded to diane Muldowney, Nancy Clancy, Pauline davies and Loraine Waybourn. The USWCA thanks the organizers at Exmoor, Seattle, Madison, TCC, Cleveland, Mayfield, Curl Mesabi, Kettle Moraine, rochester, Exmoor and duluth for their warmth and hospitality. Schenectady will host the 2010 bonspiel in February. The annual Senior Women’s Bonspiel was established in 1983, and continued the fun. Teams gain entry by lottery of regional slots and the silver teakettle participation pin is a most treasured item. The USWCA appreciates the dedicated organizers of this special bonspiel. Philadelphia hosted in y2K, followed by North Shore, Curl Mesabi, Superior, Potomac, detroit, Grafton, racine, Chesapeake and Grafton. The All-American is an intra-club event that every member club in America is invited to host for themselves. This event was first held in the 1965-66 curling season. The very coveted colorful award pins supplied by the USWCA were designed by Shirley Elwell, Milwaukee Kiltie CC. Approximately two-thirds of the membership organizes its event each year, some with separate events for daytime and evening league curlers. A list of the winners of each club are published at the end of the season in the U.S. Curling
News. The y2K Senior Women’s Friendship Tour sent 18 U.S. curlers to tour Ontario. An invitation from the CCA in 1990 began the tradition of the tour, which continued every three years on a rotational basis since 1994. The participants pay for their own travel, lodging, uniforms and gifts. The USWCA organizes the tours, and provides program booklets and pins. The 2003 Canadian curlers were hosted by the Eastern region – where the Massachusetts House of representatives presented a “Proclamation of Welcome.” The U.S. visited Manitoba in 2006; 2009 the Manitoba curlers from five towns and more than seven clubs were hosted in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The next exchange will be in 2012, when 16 USWCA curlers will travel for the fourth curling tour of a Canadian province. American-Scottish Ladies’ Tours continued on the five-year rotation. These unforgettable exchange curling tours had their beginning in 1955 when, at invitation, a joint team of eight ladies from Canada joined eight ladies of the U.S. to tour Scotland. In 1967, the USWCA became the First Associate Member of the Ladies Branch of the royal (conferred in1843 by Prince Albert) Caledonian Curling Club. In 2001, the Scottish Ladies wanted to extend their tour across the United States: from eastern region to Seattle and Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2006, 20 U.S. curlers visited across Scotland for three weeks of curling and entertainment. The U.S. teams came home proudly displaying the new trophy – The Marguette roberts Quaich. The committee has been working hard to plan the next tour in 2011, when the USWCA will again host the Scottish ladies’ visit. Five & Under Challenge: In 2001 the rules for participation were changed to allow the flexibility of crossing geographical areas for convenience and men were allowed to participate. In 2006, it was decided that the areas of the USWCA could hold a women’s and/or an open competition. New pins were designed and supplied by the
USWCA for this event. This review of activities showcases the pride and dedication of our volunteers, and of our leadership. We recognize the dedication, grace, wisdom, and humor of our presidents: 2000–Carla Casper, Green Bay; 2001-Judy Melzer, Chesapeake; 2002-
Janet Farr, Cleveland; 2003-Shirley Coe, Curl Mesabi; 2004-Margie Knitter, Milwaukee; 2005Florence Springstead, Albany; 2006-Star Pfiffner, North Shore; 2007-Linda draper, Seattle; 2008Bonnie dixon, Kettle Moraine; 2009- Jennifer Stannard, Nutmeg.
TOP 10 MOrE BONUS SIGNS THAT yOUr SKIP, JACK BAUEr, IS ACTUALLLy THE FOrMEr HEAd OF AN ELITE LOS ANGELES-BASEd COUNTEr-TErrOrIST UNIT: 10] Methodically prepares his team for each new match by providing a brief recap of earlier games on that ice (“Previously on Sheet 4...”). 9] Spends an inordinate amount of time between shots on his cell phone requesting input on strategy decisions from some outfit he refers to as “See-Tee-you.” 8] Tends to cause considerable consternation among other competitors by donning “full body armor” just before walking out onto the ice. 7] Attributes his occasional irrational skipping calls to the dementia, memory loss, personality changes, and hallucinations brought on by the remnants of a deadly bio-weaponized “prion variant” that is unfortunately still coursing through his metabolism. 6] Prone to conducting meticulous and painstaking searches of opposition broom bags under the oft chance that one might be concealing a “missing suitcase nuke.” 5] Avoids stepping foot inside any curling facility that has not undergone a comprehensive and exhaustive security sweep that includes both sniffer dogs and ground penetrating radar. 4] Attempts to explain away those ugly scars on his back and right hand with a highly dubious tale about a freak incident involving some scalding hot pebble water and a thoroughly deranged ice technician. 3] Vehemently argues that celebrated skips such as randy Ferbey, Glenn Howard, Kevin Martin, and david Murdoch would not have stood a chance against the likes of Victor drazen, Habib Marwan, Vladimir Bierko, or Abu Fayed. 2] Astutely deduces that the vast majority of his losses can be directly linked to the treachery and subversion caused by a “commandeered remote access module that data-mined the embedded encryption protocols through a back channel loop matrix and then breached the team’s communications subnet with a downloaded satcom overlay filter.” 1] Always insists on getting the latest draw possible so as not to interfere with his real job—single-handedly saving the country from a series of impending catastrophic events on an almost daily basis. – Richard Maskel
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Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
Fields rink captures USWCA senior title by Jean Vorachek, USWCA
he 28th Annual USWCA Senior Women’s Bonspiel (minimum age 55) was held at the four-sheet Grand Forks Curling Club on dec.
2-6. The 24 teams from across the nation enjoyed the hospitality of the Midwest, including fresh snow and crisp, North dakota weather. The theme was “Kids at Heart – On Ice” which – judging from the enthusiastic teams – was very appropriate for the curlers on-ice and off-ice. The club was festive for the “Here Comes Santa” kit bag accompanied with lots of homecooked food. House parties with the flavor of the Midwest Scandinavian background were hosted on dec. 3. The two non-curler hosts were Sheryl Landis and richard Schaffer. The banquet was held on dec. 4. Entertainment was provided by the Sweet Adelines. The closing ceremonies and the traditional piper celebrated the final games. The awards were followed by food and socializing. Jean Vorachek and Brenda Staveteig were the chairpersons for the event. For more information about Grand Forks Curling Club, call 701-775-9249 or visit www.gfcurling.com. Pictures from the event can be viewed at www.uswca.org/Content/seniorwomens.asp or www.seniorwomensbonspiel.shutterfly.com/ The 24 teams included: EAST REgION (6): Albany, Ardsley, Nutmeg, Philadelphia, Plainfield, and The Country Club
CENTRAL REgION (6): Bowling Green, Chicago, detroit, Exmoor, Mayfield 1and Mayfield 2 WEST REgION (9): Ak-Sar-Ben, Arden Hills 1, Arden Hills 2, Curl Mesabi, duluth, Fargo-Moorhead , Hibbing 1, Hibbing 2, and St. Paul WISCONSIN REgION (3): Kettle Moraine, Milwaukee and racine The 29th Annual USWCA Senior Women’s Bonspiel will be held at the Blackhawk Curling Club in Janesville, Wis. The four event winners and runners-up at the 28th Annual USWCA Senior Women’s Bonspiel: 1EW, Silver Tea Kettle Trophy– Chicago: Mary Fields, Susan Mcdonald, Lynn Mecklenburg, Judy Johnson 1ErU, Silver Snifter Trophy–St Paul: Jean McCann, Judy Olsen, Chris McGirl, Myke rachu (skip) 2EW, Silver Quaich Bowl Trophy–Exmoor: Beverly Laurell, Peggy Griem, Shelley Pilon, Georgia West (skip) 2ErU, Gold Mining Pan Trophy–Curl Mesabi: Linda Jeffery, Shirley Legeri, Lynda Erickson, ruth Jayson (skip) 3EW, Ice Bucket Trophy–Bowling Green: Tyne Hyslop, Martha Mazzarella, Sharon Gargasz, Joan Freeman (skip). 3ErU – Plaque with Gravel Trophy: Kettle Moraine: Mary rasmussen, Phyllis (Flip) Flemming, Carol Stevenson, Judy Maier (skip) 4EW – Wooden Curling Stone Trophy: Mayfield: Lynn Shaw, Jeannie Borland, Sue Tortorelli, Luci Schey (skip) 4ErU, Silver Teapot Trophy–racine: Paula Kalke, Sandy Antonneau, Gail Armstrong, Barb VanderLeest (slip)
The Funny Side
First event winners, Silver Tea Kettle Trophy, Chicago: Mary Fields (skip), Susan McDonald, Lynn Mecklenburg and Judy Johnson.
Second event winners, Silver Quaich Bowl Trophy, Exmoor: Beverly Laurell, Peggy Griem, Shelley Pilon and Georgia West (skip).
Winners of the third event, Ice Bucket Trophy, Bowling Green: Tyne Hyslop, Martha Mazzarella, Sharon Gargasz and Joan Freeman (skip).
Winners of the fourth event, Wooden Curling Stone Trophy, Mayfield: Lynn Shaw, Jeannie Borland, Sue Tortorelli and Luci Schey (skip).
Winners of the St. Paul Women’s Cold Cash were (l-r) Peggy Gazzola, Sally Barry, Theresa Hoffoss and Margie Smith.
St. Paul Women’s The St. Paul Women’s Cold Cash Bonspiel took place Jan. 7-9. Here are the results: 1EW–St. Paul: Margie Smith, Theresa Hoffoss, Sally Barry, Peggy Gazzola 1ErU–Madison: Shelly Kosal, Stephanie Erstad, Mary Parker, Jacqueline Walisser 2EW–duluth: Linda Christensen, Barb Payette, Jamie Crump, Kerry Hadiaris 2ErU–St. Paul/Hibbing: Sally
Augustin, Sue Vidmar, Michele drlaca, Molly Jensen, Karen Volkman 3EW–St. Paul: Shelly Kinney, AmyLou Anderson, Jennifer Kamarainen, Julie Smith 3ErU–St. Paul/Triangle: Paula Armstrong, Conni Normandeau, Marcia Vandesteeg, Susie Mitchell 4EW–St. Paul: Kathy Busch, Barb Chapman, rose Marie Barton, Karie Pitzl 4ErU–Green Bay: Joy Pahl, Juliana Klocek, Tracy Opicka, doris yelkWilberg
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
Broomstones, Madison host junior bonspiels Reports by Shelley Dropkin and Tim Funk for the USWCA
he 2009 USWCAsponsored junior bonspiels at Broomstones and Madison, Wis., went well this season, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the USWCA, great cooks, hard working volunteers at the host clubs, and the energetic participation of the junior teams. This year marks a decade of junior bonspiel sponsorship by the USWCA, which provides each region with trophies, award pins for four events, and banners. Some USWCA funds are available to offset travel costs of the teams. While the hosting club organizes the event, an important component of this bonspiel format is the two-tier division: competitive and developmental. The format has proven to be an effective way to meet the goals of encouraging broad participation and supporting the developmental goals of the teams. Broomstones and Madison both hosted the open-team two-division Junior Bonspiels. Several of the teams were composites from multiple clubs. The Broomstones Junior Bonspiel had 20 teams - 16 teams in the competitive division and four teams in the recreational division. Teams represented a broad geographical area: Broomstones (MA), Cape Cod (MA), Nashua (NH), Nutmeg (CT), Philadelphia (PA), Plainfield (NJ), Potomac (Md), Schenectady (Ny), and Utica (Ny). Madison CC drew 21 teams for its annual junior bonspiel with teams representing Minnesota, Illinois, New york, North dakota, and Wisconsin. Here are the results: Broomstones Competitive: 1EW–Broomstones: Stephen dropkin, Korey dropkin, Tom Howell, ryan McMakin 1ErU–Philadelphia: Jillian Walker, Nikki rossetti, Nicole Arsenault, Nate Clark. 2EW–Philadelphia: Scott dunnam, Matt dunnam, Mike Pohlman, Sam Hudson. 2ErU–Philadelphia: daniel dudt, Cody Clouser, Cameron Vike, Andrew dudt. 3EW–Plainfield: Cameron ross, Alex
Madison Developmental Division winners (l-r) Jayde Curley, Nathan Krumpos, Ann Marie Dubberstein and Nick Schieber.
Madison Competitive Division winners (l-r) John Landsteiner, Ty Vietanen, Matt Collom and Brad Caldwell.
Broomstones Recreational Division winners were (l-r) Joe Sipzner, Nick Glaser, Kent Suslavich and Kyle Reedy.
Broomstones Competitive Division winners (l-r) Stephen Dropkin, Korey Dropkin, Tom Howell and Ryan McMakin.
Prelusky, Tanner Heffner; Jake reynolds 3ErU–Philadelphia: Sarah Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Meagan Husdon; Julia Pohlman, Kristen Pohlman. 4EW–Potomac: Stephen Ours, Sarah McCulloh, doug Chalmers, Hal Erickson 4ErU–Utica: Katlyn Beebe, Julie Greenebaum, Justin Hinman, Kayla Martin Broomstones Recreational: 1EW–Albany: Kyle reedy, Kent Suslavich, Nick Glaser, Joe Sipzner 1ErU–Philadelphia: Chelsea Martin, Cassandra Flanigan, Nicole Kelly, Lindy disman. The winners of the Junior Bonspiel held at the Madison club on dec. 1213: Madison Competitive: 1EW–Mapleton/Centerville: Brad Caldwell, Matt Collom, Ty Vietanen, John Landsteiner. 1ErU–Madison: Blake Morton, Marcus Fonger, Tommy Juszczyk, Calvin Weber 2EW–Medford: Evan Jensen, Troy Petznick, ron Bichler, Nate daniel 2ErU–Wausau: Bobby Splinter, Matt Sandquist, Josh Kernosky, Zach Waitrovich 3EW–Green Bay: Erin Wallace, Chloe Pahl, Susan Kawleski, Megan Henning
3ErU–Wausau: Jeremy Stubbe, Evan Brauer, Andy Summers, Ethan Massey 4EW–Waupaca: Aaron Johnston, ryan Johnston, Austin Schroeder, dan Wasrud 4ErU–Portage: Jake Schieber, Katie dubberstein, Lanni dubberstein, Ben Vorpahl Madison Developmental: 1EW– Portage: Jayde Curley, Madison Bear, Nick Schieber, Ann Marie dubberstein, Cara Henny. 1ErU–Green Bay: Molly Koepke, Kendra McKeetry, Jaime Lemke, Bailey Fenendael If your club is interested in the USWCA-sponsorship of a junior bonspiel for next season, contact Shelley dropkin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.uswca.org to find out more information about the junior bonspiel and other USWCA events.
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Simpsons auction begins Feb. 8 Beginning Feb. 8, three unique auction items will be up at https://raffle.curlingrocks.net/ Product #1 Title: One-of-a-kind Signed Simpsons Script The creators of The Simpsons have donated this autographed script of an upcoming Olympic-themed episode, “Boy Meets Curl,” that will feature curling, set to air on Fox Feb. 14, 2010. All proceeds will be shared by USA Curling and The Hollywood Curling Club. reserve Price: $300 Incremental Bid: $10 Product #2 Title: Signed Simpsons 400thepisode Poster Be the envy of your neighborhood and the host with the most by proudly displaying this limited circulation Simpsons poster commemorating the show’s 400th episode. “The Streak Continues” measures 27 inches by 39.5 inches, and is signed by Alf Clausen, the composer and conductor for all of The Simpsons episodes. Mr. Clausen is a two-time Emmy Award winner, and has received innumerable other national and international awards. All proceeds will help support USA Curling programs. reserve Price: $300 Incremental Bid: $10 Product #3 Title: Authentic curling stone autographed by the 2010 men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Team curlers. This 42-pound hunk of Scottish granite has retired from years of roaring up and down the pebbled ice to lead a less stressful but no less important life as a unique showpiece in your home. display it on the mantle, enshrine it like a trophy, or just plop it on the dining room table as a wonderful conversation starter. reserve Price: $500 Incremental Bid: $10
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008
St. Paul Open The Second Annual Fireball 500 Bonspiel was held at the St. Paul Curling Club Nov. 27-29. The bonspiel was sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Here are the results: 1EW–St Paul: Mike Farbelow, Steve Jytyla, Art Jytyla (skip), Judy Jytyla 1ErU–St. Paul: Mark Fisher, Chris rugg, Scott Fisher, Tim Walior 2EW–St Paul: Mark Faltesek, Theresa Hoffoss, John Hoffoss, Margeaux Ackerman 2ErU–Exmoor: russ Armstrong, rory McGregor, Leslie Armstrong, duncan McGregor 3EW–St Paul: rueben Harris, Sherrie Schummer, Jim Ivey, Chris robinson, Senja Lopac 3ErU–St Paul: Tim McMahon, Mike Shore, Brian Gabrio, Chuck McMahon, Phil Boeke, Scott degeus, Scott Clasen 4EW–Mankato: Todd Birr, Kevin Birr, roxanne deegan, Valerie Weir 4ErU–Winona yacht & Gun Club: Tom Kieffer, robyn Kieffer, Mike Kieffer,
Arthur Wilson, rich Hess, Craig Sykes
St. Paul Men’s The Jack McCann Men’s 40+ Bonspiel took place dec. 11-13. Here are the results: 1EW—Hibbing: Paul Pustovar, Brian Simonson, Tom Harms, don Mohawk 1ErU—St. Paul: Mike Farbelow, Chris rugg, roy Tschida, Jim Lokensgard 2EW—Superior: Bud Somerville, John Heinz, Al Gagne, Harry Byrnes 2ErU—St. Paul: Al recksiedler, Ashley recksiedler, Eric Schultz, Jeff Henning 3EW—St. Paul: donn Satrom, Larry Satrom, Pat Barry, Jim O’Leary 3ErU—St. Paul: Steve Johnson, randy Kummerfeldt, Mike Schuele, Pat Gleason 4EW—St. Paul: Steve Cerkvenick, Nate Olson, Mike Crea, Bill Cleary 4ErU—St. Paul: randy Cumming, Vince Bernet, Mike Mueller, John Eustice
Alpine Men’s The Alpine Mens Bonspiel took place dec. 4-6 in Monroe, Wis. Here are the results: 1EW—Chicago: Mike rane, Mike Thompson, Jay radke, Adam Faust 1ErU—Alpine: duke Goetz, Curt Wyttenbach, Brian Woelfel, John ditulio 2EW—Green Bay: Tim Amundson, Chris McMahon, Curt Erstad, Sam Kirkland 2ErU—racine: Chris Anderson, Jim Mataczynski, Matt Wood, Jeremy Harms 3EW—Madison: Casey Konopacky, Nic Schleicher 3ErU—Madison: dan Wiza, dan Hedtke, Zach Miller, Bruce Garner 4EW—Lodi: Ken Treinen, John Steele, Jeff Markgraff, Wayne Buckley 4ErU—Blackhawk: Charlie dana, Gary Olson, Tony King, Nate Fuelleman
Winners of the 62nd Clintonville Men’s Bonspiel (standing, l-r) Doug Anderson, Don Guay, Scott Armstrong and Chris Schwanz of Stevens Point. Runners-up were (kneeling, l-r) Dennis KronerBill Mullarkey, Jack Reynolds and Garry Coroneos of Appleton.
Chicago Women’s The Gloamin’ Bonspiel was held at the Chicago Curling Club, Northbrook, Ill., on Jan. 9-11. Here are the results: 1EW—Wauwatosa: Pamela Oleinik, Stacey Muller, Tiffany reilly, Jo Ann Matthews 1ErU—Exmoor: Tracy Lawless, Leslie Armstrong, Laurie Hektor, Betty duffy 2EW—Wausau: Terri Fisher, donna Horoschak, ruth Horton, Wendy Berger 2ErU—Beach Grove, Ontario:Cathy Beaton, Marcy McCallum, Cathy Guignion, Cathy Feldmann 3EW—Bowling Green: Joan Freeman, Sharon Gargasz, Alison Kemp, Tyne Hyslop 3ErU—Blackhawk: Celia Zaccard, Nancy Zolidas, Beth Hilt, dianne Behm 4EW—North Shore: debbie Lange, Mary Hilman, Nancy Neff, Therese Anderson 4ErU—Waltham: Chris Finley, rachel raley, rachel Puckett, Beth Hammer
Winners of the Chicago Gloamin’ Bonspiel were (l-r) Jo Ann Matthews, Tiffany Reilly, Stacey Muller, and Pamela Oleinik, skip.
Winners of the Jack McCann were (front, l-r) Paul Pustovar, Brian Simonson, Tom Harms and Don Mohawk. Runners-up were (back, l-r) Mike Farbelow, Chris Rugg, Roy Tschida and Jim Lokensgard.
Winners of the Wausau Highlander Bonspiel were (l-r) Wendy Czaja, Shaina Franzen, Lisa Landon and Terri Fisher (skip).
Winners of the 51st Exmoor Men’s Continental were (l-r) Steve Wright, Chris Schallmo, Russ Armstrong and Jeff Wright.
Winners of the Eveleth Cashspiel were (l-r) John Shuster, Jason Smith, Jeff Isaacson and John Benton.
2009 Fireball 500 Bonspiel champions were (l-r) Judy Jytyla, Art Jytyla, Mike Farbelow and Steve Jytyla.
Winners of the 2009 Waupaca Men’s Senior Bonspiel were (seated, l-r) Poynette’s Mark Kretzmann, Dean Teeter, Tim Larson and Barney Lohan. Runners-up were (back, l-r) Madison’s Randy Blumer, Tony Wendricks, Pat Fahey and Greg Luft.
Winners of the Laphroaig Madison Cashspiel were (front, l-r) Kroy Nernberger, Ryan Lemke, Jake Will and Steve Day. Runners-up were (back, l-r) Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joe Polo and Tyler George.
Exmoor Men’s The 51st Exmoor Men’s Continental Bonspiel was held in Highland Park, Ill., dec. 10-13, 2009. Thirty-two teams participated in the bonspiel. Here are the results: 1EW—Exmoor: Jeff Wright, russ Armstrong, Chris Schallmo, Steve Wright 1ErU—Glencoe (Canada): Bill Mitchell, dennis Sinclair, Jay Johnston, ryan Bouman 2EW—Avonlea (Canada): Jim Montgomery, doug Crow, Bryce Eldridge, Bruce Campbell 2ErU—Mayfield: Jeff Poe, Pierre Lavertu, James May, Joel Appel 3EW—New york Caledonian: George Austin, Peter Austin, Pete Westberg, Grant Niehus 3ErU—North Shore: Mike Pfiffner, Jeff Bodine, Norm Westerhold, Tom Kendall 4EW—Chicago: dick Urevig, John reid, dan Hinderer, John Truskowski 4ErU—North Shore: Steve Neff, Jon Peter, Joe dinkel, Trevor Swance
Norfolk Men’s The Men’s Calder Cup took place dec. 3-6 at the Norfolk Curling Club in Norfolk, Conn. Here are the results: 1EW—Canadian Club of Boston: dick Veidenheimer, Tim Kelley, david yetman, robert yetman, rob Malster 1ErU—Philadelphia 2: derek Tomlinson, Jay rusek, Ian Alexander, Peter dalton 2EW—Broomstones 1: Stuart Graves, Paul Sofuolis, doug Burchesky, don ritchie 2ErU—Nutmeg: Joseph Smith, rob Chebatar, Jim Meinhold, david Asano 3EW—Schenectady 1: Tim Brooks, dion Warr, dave Hooper, Jim Jordan 3ErU—Schenectady 2: Charles Brown, Jack Stopera, richard Gonyeau, Scott Brennan 4EW—New york Caledonian 2: George Austin, Jeff Paul, Jim Parsons, Mike Courts 4ErU—Philadelphia 1: Tony Steiert,
Celebrating 50 years – 1958-2008