IN THE NEWS Freytag inducted into World Curling Hall of Fame

the highest international curling honor. Freytag, was one of the founding members of the International Curling Federation and draſt ed its original Constitution. He also founded the Chicago Curling Club and was on the advisory board for the Scotch Cup and Air Canada Silver Broom – now the World Men’s Curling Championship. Freytag served as a representative to the International Curling Federa-


By Ben Tucker, Past Curling News columnist Glenn Gilleshammer

Glenn Gilleshammer, 82, Graſt on, N.D., passed away on March 10, 2018,

at his home. He was elected into the United States Curling Association Hall of Fame in 2000. T e list of all his curling accomplishments would be long. At the top would be his two U.S. National Men’s Championship titles. His fi rst was in 1960 when he was the vice skip for a very strong team skipped by his brother (and fellow member in the Hall of Fame), Orville Gilleshammer. Unfortunately, that was one year before the U.S. participated in the

World Curling Championship. Glenn did curl at Worlds, however, in 1970 when he vice skipped our winning team skipped by Art Tallackson. Glenn also won a U.S. Mixed National Championship. Glenn is survived by his sons: Guy, Gar, Todd and Mark (who was my

skip for my second trip to Nationals) along with his daughter Glenna. He was proceeded in death by all of his immediate family (including his broth- er, Orville) and by his beloved wife, Loretta. T ose are a few of the names, dates and facts. I would like to add a few of

my own thoughts and memories about Glenn. Glenn Gilleshammer was one of the most upbeat and optimistic people I

have ever met. He always seemed just thrilled to see me. T at made me feel really good and happy to see him; even aſt er it became obvious to me that he was thrilled to see almost everybody. Glenn believed that the curling club was the heart of all curling and that

a good club was more than sheets of ice and a locker room. He thought the- club should be a very nice place that could serve as a center for a community and place to gather. Glenn also believed that local bonspiels were curling’s life-blood. He thought that they should be competitive, but also fun. While I knew Glenn all of my life (our family farms were right beside

each other and my parents were friends of his), I got to know him well in the year that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nationals were in Ogden that year and, as luck would have it, Mark Gilleshammer had a team that qualifi ed to play through Second Chance. Mark had Bob LaBonte at third (yes, “that” Bob LaBonte, the legend) and Mike LaBonte at lead. I was not yet very good and was lucky to be his second. T e Gilleshammer family was thrilled that Mark would be playing when his father was be honored. For that week in Ogden, there was a small cafe beside our hotel. T at cafe

served up the most delicious chocolate malts. Early in the week, Glenn and I discovered that we shared a passion for not only curling, but for choco-

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late malts. Every night we would meet and take turns buying. When he leſt Utah, he was behind by one and I never let him forget that. It was an abso- lute thrill when Glenn asked me to be one of his sweepers when he threw out the fi rst stone for that Nationals. I learned a lot from Glenn. We talked a lot about curling and its future.

I learned about roles within a team and how important that they all get fi lled. For every team Glenn played on, from Tuesday League all the way to Worlds, he was the Team Communicator (the man never stopped talking) and the Team Very Loud Cheerleader. If one of Glenn’s teammates made a nice shot, every sheet playing knew about it because he would be hooting and hollering. I asked him about this because it sometimes seemed inap- propriate to me. Glenn set me straight. “If your teammate makes a nice shot, Ben, it might be important to him,” he said. “If it’s important to your teammate, it should be important to you...and it’s fun to yell.” Glenn knew a lot about teamwork and I was lucky to learn some of it

from him. I will miss my friend. T at’s enough about me. Back to that facts: Glenn Gilleshammer was also survived by too many curling friends to

list. He was also proceeded in death by too many curling friends to count. May we all be so lucky. Q

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Top 10 Bonus Latin Translations of Common Curling Terms 10] Freeze = Weldum Titetogetherus 9] Light = Needsweepum Realhardius 8] Narrow = Deliverus Wayinsidium 7] Slider = Glidius Tefl onucus 6] Mixed Doubles = Formatus Kindaweirdum 5] Back End = Brainius Trustius 4] Outurn = Rotatus Anticlockus 3] Loser Out = Eliminatum Leavetownus 2] Last Stone Draw = Determinus T rowfi rstus 1 ] Broomstacking = Haltmatchus Getdrunkum

n April 7 one of the most notable infl uencers in U.S. curling history was inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame as El- mer Freytag (Lake Forest, Ill.) was honored posthumously with

tion for the U.S. Men’s Curling Association, which is now the United States Curling Association, from 1966 up until his death in 1976. T e Elmer Frey- tag Award was introduced aſt er his death in 1978 and is now known as the World Curling Hall of Fame. T e induction ceremony took place on April 7 prior to the start of the second semifi nal game at the 2018 361° World Men’s Curling Championship at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Elmer’s daughter, Dotti Freytag, was on hand for the induction. To learn more about Freytag, check out the full story in the bonus digital- only pages of this edition online. Q

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