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// FLASHBACK: 1998 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES


Paving the way


Story by Brad Whitlock, U.S. Curling News writer 12 usacurl.org )) T


he popularity of curling in the USA has skyrocketed over the past few years. More clubs are being formed, more people are playing, more bonspiels are being held, and more people are watching on TV (especially during the Olympics.) In some circles, curling is even mentioned as America’s favorite Winter Olympic Games sport to watch. Not so in 1998. Twenty years ago, curling wasn’t the widespread phenomenon in the USA that it is today. “We came from a different era. Tere wasn’t nearly the fanfare or the attention on curling that there is now,” says Lisa Schoeneberg, skip of


the USA women’s curling team in the 1998 Olympic Games. She took her team to Nagano, Japan, where, for the first time since 1924, curling was included as a full medal Olympic event.


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