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// BONUS ONLINE-ONLY COVERAGE // BROOMSTACKING IN THE USA


Do the Curl ... in the spirit of curling


By Bobbie Todd, U.S. Curling News Columnist s s


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curl cl classes would fi l up, a d m h a woulld b


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k about t e “ cs. I heard s


ld fill up, and much about h w t d than a c b wn a club woulld h


n our club sometimes had a h d t ) classes.. Te Te i idea of a r r in order to t y c Ten, T m S


, Team Shuster w n t e U


medal in cl in curling,, a d w at fully, o r c of n w c


, our club’s e f new curlle


helping t m u different makes c


s le l adership w s w l p a of a rush of p op e w n between O n Olympiic c c cyclle ,es, i it


p when those who had been around t the “Olympic ric rush” t at o d stories of h w q ic


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t how the quadrennial competitioion d have r


e resources f r f a e compleletely fi y filling le h of peoplle wanting to bg to break d


r to try curling was inconceivable to me. r won the United S at s of A


e place. H. Honestly, t, though, I, I found it hd it hard to b d a hard time c


d States of Ameriic s fi t O


s for i if advance o beliie


k down o r cn our club’s ca’s first Olympiic g d


and what seemed impossible came to fruition. Tank- p was well prepared to hd to handlle t


c golld k-


e the large number ers – even though the wave of new curlers was much larger than


anyone could have anticipated due to the Miracurl on Ice. One of my favorite things about curling is talking w g them understand, not o t f from ot


, not only t e r other s s curling so dg so different s t e i y the rulles o t e g a of the “spirit of c g with new c le es off the game,, w why curling is s


r sports. A. And, a, arguably, the most important thing t at t i is the idea of t e “


t of curling.” And, given


the vast number of people trying out curling throughout the country in light of Team Shuster’s success on the Olympic stage, I thought it would be a good idea to review the spirit of curling. I le


I learned a Bruce J d about t e s h Brooms.” I w ” I won’t s t the spirit o c


Mr. Johnson suggested t at with B I w


I willl s y t at wat not s


ot saying a ing is a c g (even u t off curling e Johnson. When following up about next s


say that watching t at mg that movie iie instillled a f g anything (


n unintentiio g to the World Curling F t a curler w


scored how important the spirit of curling is. According to t e W ld C


show, not o by t e s


win, b t n


g is a commonly u d t m in t e s , not only to o e a ot


y the saying t put, g, good s one s


ender,, w ich o a g


ler would rat


e seeks to w n at a , but never to h


g f from my am my awesome LTC in instruct t steps a


s aſter o


d that all of us new c le s wat h t e m ie “ t spoill t e s the storyline f r a


e who hasn’t s t seen r off burning t e r onally) in m g Federation (


y used term in the sport. It r y to one another, b t a o to t e s g that a c


r to humble tle their op a game. W le, it is t g the rock a ctor, r our LTC class,


w curlers watch the movie “Men e for anyone w o h ed a fear o b


ation (WCF), “, “Te S . It refers to t e r


, but also to the sport


d sportsmanship s pp i is prized n cd i in curling.. C s to win at alll c


which occurs w n a t m s . While, it is true t at an e


s when a team scores e ld rather lo e t n w


n i it, b, but k and


) in me.Te movie really under- e Spirit of Cf Curl-


s to the respect curlelers t i itself.. It s e


It i is encapsulat


r lose than win unfairly.” S Curling i


g isn’t a g


costs. I. Instead,, t e W F not s t at “ r opponents.” O e e s eight p


e that an eight-ender s a r e e t a game w le of this is an e t points in a ss in a singlle e d d ated


” Simply e where


the WCF notes that “[c]urlle s p y t ” One example of t


r i is a rare event – so m h s ers play to


s is an eight- e end during


t – so much so U.S. women’s Olympic team by Rich Harmer


w curlers and g is so g that


eve g learn-to-curl


that v ing C


at variio s natio g Canada, h, have s occur, a, actively s curle s s spirit of c more p


to d


o distract op spirit of c the g op


e game t t of curling r


opponents or a advantage t they a main o the S


e Spirit of C ous nationall g governing bodie , i y seeking to s lers should do as it w long the same l


e special pl processes f r r g to score e


e eight p


t of curling. H. However,, i an e e power to t Alo g t e s


r to the team w o e t opponents,, n r to p


e through a y m ic , w s or acting n an u e their op


y admit to tt to their f n objective of t e g t of Curling d


n and off the ice.” Despite t e f


m who earned i


ies, including USA Cg USA Curling a d C s for recognizing e


ld do as it woulld be hd be humbling t iff an eight-ender h d it!


g requires t at “ o p r opponents. It is e


t points in a ss in a single e d is not s g their op


r happens u e lines, t e W F not s t at “A t


, the WCF notes that:: “A true c nor to prevent t m f s that “no player at


. It is expected t at i a p e of the game is to d


ourable cle conduct. Tis s application of t e r on a d off t e ic


e the fact c ing i s m


of cf curling a curling.. A nents or c ing. I s e spirit of c ship a d c


g applies t ication of the rules of t e g


g its moment in t e s ot all l le


And, it i, it includes t


g demands good s s spirit s


e curler n g eight-enders w n t


g and Curl- s when they


r opponents a d not in t s unintentioionally, t, then


ler never at


t them from playing t r attempt to g n an a


h any malice, whether by br by breaking t e rg the rulle g i in an unsporting m


g manner,, w ich w d that iff a player s


ative s


r fault.”Te b t w y to s m it up is to s e is to determine t e r


t should ild influence bot les of the game a d a o t e c


t curling, e, especially A t in the spotlight, it is ies to all evels of c s things


s or cheering w n t e o . It’s easy to g t w


t of curling is not t at of c p and camaraderieie. Good curling! Q


y Americ n c


d sportsmanship, k, kindly e both the i


r attempts


t to gain an advantage es,, d


e best way to sum it up is to say:: “ e the relat


e and also the conduct of a l p


, it is i important to r s of curling – f m b s l like not b


e not booing y d up in being c


g their b ” Tr best.” Te e i in


which would eld effectively d r shoulld do so t


e skills o t e p y f feeling a d h


distracting y dis-


d do so then “While tle the


s off the players, g and hon-


e interpretat oatiion and t of all particicipants


ican curling, a, appears to be h t to remember t at t e s


g – from beginners’ le’ league to e g your f vo


r favorite t


g when the opponents m e a b d s ot w o get wrapped up in b


g is not that of competitiveness, b t t at of g e team’s op


s make a bad shot while wat g competitive, b t r


le watching c s to be hav- , but remember – t


r that the spirit e to elite s oppo- g curl- r – the


, but that of good sportsman-


le end is not something s and not in the


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