Olympic gold medalist gives back

Dear Editor, Evergreen Curling Club recently had the pleasure of hosting Tyler

George during a corporate event. We wanted to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to him for being an excellent ambassador for the sport of curling. During the entire aſternoon Tyler spent at ECC he was gracious of his time, engaging in conversation, and generous in sharing his Olympic gold medal with all. On the ice, Tyler instructed, swept and delivered rocks to make for an outstanding curling experience for our guests. With athletes like Tyler involved with our sport and willing to give of their time to help grow curling in the U.S. we are in good hands. Tank you Tyler for a memo- rable experience. Sincerely, Dave Bueermann Vice President, Evergreen Curling Club, Portland, Ore.

Graem Fenson & Luc Violette Junior High Performance

Program athletes for 2018- 19 season announced

By Dave Jensen, Director of Junior High Performance I’m pleased to announce the Junior High Performance Program (HPP)

athlete selections for the 2018-19 season. Joining the current Pool of junior HPP athletes are: • Leah Yavarow – Bemidji, Minn. • Eli Clawson - Clarksville, Md. • Trevor Marquardt – Poynette, Wis. • Riley Fenson - Bemidji, Minn. Leah will be a senior at Bemidji High and will join the team of Cait Flan-

nery, Lexi Lanigan, and Rebecca Miles. Team coach is Bill Rhyme. Eli will be a freshman at Howard Community College, and Trevor will

be a freshman at the University of Minnesota. Both will join Chase Sinnett, Jon Harstad, and Coach Keith Dropkin. Riley will continue to live in Bemidji and will join Andrew Stopera, Luc

Violette, Ben Richardson, and Graem Fenson. Coach of Team Stopera is Mark Lazar. Tis year Cora Farrell joins Annmarie Dubberstein, Jenna Burchesky,

and Allison Howell. Wayne Anderson joins the team this year as coach. We also say goodbye to Andy Dunnam, Nick Connolly, and Madison

Bear who aged out of juniors this past season. A special thanks goes to Bev Schroeder who is retiring from her Junior HPP coaching post. Bev success- fully guided her junior women’s teams to two consecutive Junior National titles, finishing seventh and fiſth at the World Junior Championships. Well done, Bev! Tis year, 28 well-qualified applicants expressed a desire to join the Ju-

nior High Performance Program. Te high quality of these applicants is a testament to the dedication that juniors are making to competitive curling. While the pool of quality athletes makes the selection process more chal- lenging, it’s an encouraging sign of a bright future for USA Curling. Q

Spirit of curling is strong

To the curlers on Sheet B: One of my favorite elements of the sport of curling is the true sportsman-

ship ingrained in the culture and history. Te spirit of curling calls for a type of composure oſten discouraged in the world of competitive athlet- ics: kindhearted commentary, a hardy handshake, and true good wishes for competitors. I trace much of my love for etiquette to my roots in junior curl- ing, where Nutmeg Curling Club put great focus on the multi-dimensional perspective of being a “good curler.” Good curling, surely, is making shots, being on the line, and furious sweeping, but it also encompasses the need for finesse and decorum. I have great appreciation for when instances of true sportsmanship and

the instilled spirit of curling shine through. Tis winter I invited three non- curler friends to try out the sport on a lazy Sunday aſternoon at the club. Te warm room was busy post-bonspiel, yet the ice nearly empty. Two curlers and a PR agent from Yale University played (and filmed) on Sheet B, collab- orating on a feature about the wheelchair curling program for a Yale film. My friends and I reviewed the basics of curling: the slide, proper handle,

sweeping calls, and, of course, the importance of composure. As we finished our lesson, the two curlers on Sheet B came over to our sheet. We talked about their arrival to the sport, and their preparation for the upcoming Paralympic Games. In return, they invited us to play a few ends. Onlookers in the warm room watched over my three newbie friends, the

Yale cinematographer, my father, a Paralympian headed to the Olympic Games, his training partner, and myself as we played four ends. Shots were made and missed, yet the experience truly embodied good curling. I stood back in appreciation for the moment: a time where people of all curling skill levels (from Olympian to a one-hour-on-the-ice newbie) could come together and play. I was truly grateful for the sport as I recalled my humble etiquette roots. Tank you to the gentlemen on Sheet B who invited us over to play. Tank you for reminding me of why I love this sport so much.

Best Regards, Emily Winter Nutmeg Curling Club, Bridgeport, Conn.

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