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Pete Fenson Wins US Curling Title

March 13, 2010 2 comments

The Bronze medalist in Torino 2006, Pete Fenson just won the 2010 United States mens curling title. With the title he and his rink have the honor of representing the United States at the 2010 World Championships to be held later this year in Cortina, Italy.

Fenson’s rink finished in a 4 way tie for first after the round robin with a 6-3 record. In the finals just played today, they defeated Mike Farbelow’s rink to win the title 8-4 in 9 ends.

Joining Fenson on the team is his lead Tyler George (Duluth, MN), 2nd Joe Polo (Bemidji, MN), and 3rd Shawn Rojeski (Chisolm, MN).

Be sure to stop back as I’ll have continuing coverage from the Curling World Championships in Italy.

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That Other Canadian Team Under Pressure

February 8, 2010 3 comments

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 theĀ  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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