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That Other Canadian Team Under Pressure

The olympics are in their home country, and there is tons of pressure. They have to win the gold medal for their country’s pride, even if they are at best co-favorites to win the gold. No, I am not talking about Canada’s hockey team, but their men’s curling team (as one of my favorite twitter followers points out, the proper term is “rink” but I prefer to use the common term and bring curling to the  masses. Or something).

Although Canada’s curling foursome is ranked #1 in the world, they are not the reigning world champions, as they lost to the team from Scotland 7-6 in the gold medal match at last year’s world championships, which by the way were held in Moncton, New Brunswick. Scotland, of course, will compete under the flag of Great Britain in the 2010 Olympics. Canada and Scotland have squared off for the gold in each of the last two worlds, as Canada topped the Scots 6-3 at the 2008 Worlds in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.

Curling is the oldest winter sport in Canada. The oldest curling club in North America is the Royal Montreal Curling Club. The sport is most popular in the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The 2010 Canadian team will be skipped by Kevin Martin, a 44 year old from Alberta. Martin is a four time Brier champion, a former World Champion, has won 10 grand slam titles and is the first skip ever to win a career slam. The lead is Ben Hebert, also from Alberta. Marc Kennedy and John Morris are both from Alberta as well.

Martin is known as one of the most talented skips ever, and he attempts – and completes – such impossible shots that doing so is now commonly known as “pulling a Martin”

They may not have the worldwide fame as Canada’s hockey team, but make no mistake: the people of Canada expect this foursome (or fivesome if you count the alternate) to be just as golden as the men who wear skates while their on the ice.

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  1. BrianBridgePro
    February 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Love Curling

    • February 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Me too. Probably my favorite sport to watch in the Winter games, except maybe hockey.

  1. February 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

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