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BLOG: Mixed doubles curling the newest Olympic competition!

- 0 - Mon, Jun 8, 2015

Mixed doubles curling was added to the roster of events for the 2018 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Monday.

The decision, announced following an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, follows years of...

BLOG: USA curlers chosen for High Performance Program
By: - 0 Fri, May 22, 2015

The new High Performance Program teams for U.S. Curling were announced today. Congratulations to everyone who was selected. And thanks as well to...

BLOG: Somebody's Gotta Do It - Curling with Mike Rowe
By: - 0 Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, is hitting the ice for his show "Someone's Gotta Do It." I saw a tweet about this a while ago. Here's a link to the...

BLOG: I love it when the rocks go boom!
By: - 0 Wed, Apr 22, 2015

As much as viewers love a finesse shot in curling, they also love it when a team goes after its opponent and “moves some granite.”

There’s the...

BLOG: Come join me on the ice!
By: - 0 Tue, Apr 14, 2015

If you've ever wanted to learn to curl, now is the time! Come learn the game on May 3 and join me on the ice for a short game at The Broadmoor World...

BLOG: Bringing home the curling hardware
By: - 0 Wed, Apr 8, 2015

I’m sure at some point I’ll have something more profound or poetic or poignant to say.
Right now, it feels surreal to have won a bronze medal...

BLOG: Colorado even on leader board at USA Curling Club Nationals
By: - 0 Sun, Mar 8, 2015

After two tight games in the first day of competition, Colorado is 1-1 at the 2015 USA Curling Club National Championships. It felt great to pull out...

BLOG: It's going to be an icy week
By: - 0 Fri, Mar 6, 2015

One more day in snowy Colorado and I'll be heading out with my teammates to balmy Fargo, N.D. As my Gazette co-worker Nathan Van Dyne observed: Our...

BLOG: Curling competition underway in Golden
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 28, 2015


We've made it through the round robin games at the Mile High Bonspiel at the Denver Curling Club.

There have been two great days...

BLOG: Someone's gotta pay
By: - 0 Sun, Feb 15, 2015

An awkward collision of micro and macro sponsorships in sports was on display Sunday at the USA Curling Nationals.

Dean Gemmel’s team helped...

BLOG: What is Friday? It's Curling Night in America!
By: - 0 Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Wondering what to do after a long day at work or school or out on the slopes? Grab dinner, some friends, a frosty beverage or two and switch on...

BLOG: U.S. curling champions will compete in Sochi
By: - 0 Thu, Feb 5, 2015

They're champions! What do Seattle curlers do when they win a national championship? Celebrate atop the Space Needle? Take a ferry boat ride? Stick a...

BLOG: 10 reasons you should try curling
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Why should you try curling?

Well, "curl up with Jamie" Sinclair and find out!

Here's Jamie's Top 10 list - a VIDEO!:

And here's...

BLOG: It's championship season
By: - 0 Thu, Jan 29, 2015

It's championship season for USA Curling.

Junior Nationals wrapped up last week, and Senior Nationals is underway this week in Minnesota. Next...

BLOG: Curlers hope to build a house in Colorado Springs
By: - 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Pinch me! I might be dreaming.

The Broadmoor Curling Club is one of four finalists to receive a leased curling facility from the World Curling...

BLOG: MACA Playdowns - Game 1
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Well, Game One is over and done, and we're one game closer to Fargo.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Rock by rock, game by game.


Blog: Is curling like shuffleboard on ice? Yeah, kinda
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 23, 2015

The difference between a win and a loss in curling often can be measured in millimeters.

The game requires sending a 43-pound granite stone...

BLOG: We're curling for some of the marbles
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 16, 2015

I've pledged to do a better job of keeping you all informed about curling, sharing my love of the sport and, I hope, enticing some of you to join me...

BLOG: Go get your curl on
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 16, 2015

Curling is everywhere you turn these days. You can't well, throw a stone and not hit a game or a mention. On Facebook: Mike Rowe is curling....

BLOG: So you think you can curl
By: - 0 Thu, Jan 15, 2015

The sport of curling is easy to learn but takes years to master. The Broadmoor Curling Club will teach you the basics of the game and get you into your...

Colorado curling rejoins national scene
0 Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Curling is back! Not only is the 2015-15 curling season underway, but we have "real ice" in Colorado - meaning we've opened a center dedicated to...

Is this the path to the Olympic podium?
By: - 0 Thu, Jul 31, 2014

We’re trying something new in our quest for a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics: sponsored curlers.

The U.S. doesn’t yet have the financial...

Curling 101: Sweeping Your Opponent's Stone
By: - 0 Thu, Mar 6, 2014

Here’s another great question, by reader Mary Keeley:  Why would one team sweep the other team’s stone in the house? The simple answer is...

A new national team?
By: - 0 Sun, Mar 2, 2014

The Sochi Games are over, but curling continues around the world! The World Junior Championships are underway in Switzerland, the Paralympic Games are...

Curling 101: It's a civil sport
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 26, 2014

One of the things I enjoy about curling is the camaraderie among athletes, no matter the level of competition. Whether you’re at Sunday afternoon...

Ode to Norway's curling pants
By: - 0 Fri, Feb 21, 2014

“Like so many of the beautiful things we lose too soon, perhaps these pants were simply too good — too original, too sophisticated in concept and...

Curling is hot at Winter Olympics
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 19, 2014

#Curling! #Curling! #Curling! You may be mystified, you may be entranced, you may be in love. But whatever you are, you’re watching, Facebooking,...

Love these curling videos!
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

I really enjoyed this video feature that sportscaster and former pro tennis player Mary Carillo did for NBC on the history of curling. I can’t...

Is there room for amateurs at the Olympics?
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

After another disappointing finish for U.S. curling teams at the Winter Olympics, there is much talk about how our national teams are chosen, coached...

What's with the stopwatches?
By: - 0 Sun, Feb 16, 2014

Sarah, John from Oregon and Jane from the U.K. are wondering about the stopwatches that curlers wear around their waists (or attached to their...

Curling 101 - Touching a stone
By: - 0 Sun, Feb 16, 2014

I received another great question early this morning from ReillyMama2: “What happens if you knock the other teams curl (stone) with either the...

Curling 101 - How far do you throw the rock?
By: - 0 Sun, Feb 16, 2014

Yet another great question, this time from Corinna, via Facebook. “I heard someone say you have to throw the rock 150 feet to the target area. It...

What are those tiny lights on curling stones?
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 15, 2014

A reader named Jim asked a great question that came to mind while he watched the curling action from Sochi: What are those tiny lights that blink red or...

Curling 101 - Free Guard Zone
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 15, 2014

Lindsey asked via Twitter about the free guard zone. You may have wondered why a team would deliberately throw its first rock in front of the house and...

When GoPro goes curling
By: - 0 Thu, Feb 13, 2014

You’ve probably seen video from GoPro cameras attached to BMX bikes, snowboards and parasails. But GoPro footage from a curling stone? Round and...

Curling 101 - Where do stones come from?
By: - 0 Thu, Feb 13, 2014

You hear a lot about curling stones during the Olympics. It’s clear people are curious what the stones are made of, how much they weigh, how much...

Why do curlers yell out numbers?
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

As they’re moving down the sheet of ice, you’ll hear the sweepers on a curling team yell out numbers toward the skip in the house....

Syracuse hoops team tries curling
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

Well, sort of. Check a VIDEO of the Orange messing about during practice inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. According to Trevor Hass,...

Jimmy Fallon on the ice?
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

Or is he “in” the ice? I think it’s time for Jimmy to “hurry hard” to the nearest curling club. Maybe the Plainfield...

Curling 101 - Watch the basics (A video or two)
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

So…  You’ve read a bit about curling and you’re watching it on TV as 10 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams vie for gold in...

Are curlers athletes?
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

Are they? Are curlers real athletes? And do they deserve a spot at the Olympics? This well-known and well-respected sports columnist says yep. Yep, yep....

Curling 101 - Game Play
By: - 0 Mon, Feb 10, 2014

How many times do you throw stones down the ice in a game? Each game, or match, in national or international competition consists of 10 ends (like...

Lego Curling
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 8, 2014

There are curling fanatics and there are Lego curling fanatics. Or perhaps Lego fanatics who see the fun they can have creating a curling scene. The...

Learn to Curl
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 8, 2014

  Curlers don’t let friends curl with milk jugs! Curlers in Fort Wayne created this VIDEO to promote their club and their Learn to Curl...

Curling 101 - Sweeping and 'Throwing'
By: - 0 Fri, Feb 7, 2014

Time to answer a few more questions that I’ve been asked about curling: Are you the thrower or the sweeper? I’m both. In fact, all players...

Team Coco goes curling!
By: - 0 Thu, Feb 6, 2014

My friends at the Orange County Curling Club in Southern California had a great time teaching Andy Richter of Team Coco and the Conan O’Brien show...

What Does the Skip Say?
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 5, 2014

We all know there’s a lot of yelling that goes on during a curling game. Mostly from the skip to the rest of the team, but a fair amount goes on...

Heading to U.S. Mixed Nationals
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 5, 2014

I’m heading to U.S. Mixed Nationals! Over the weekend, Team Colorado won a playdown in Chicago and earned the right to represent the region at the...

Going old school
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 5, 2014

Curling has been around for centuries – there’s evidence it has been played since the 1500s in Scotland. Since I just came from a weekend of...

Curling 101 - Teams, Stones, Scoring
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 5, 2014

I’ll start off sharing some of the basic questions I’m asked about the “roaring” game. How many players are there on a team?...

What the heck is curling?
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Hello, and good curling! I’m here to share my love of the sport of curling with readers and to answer questions about the game. There are no silly...

Blogger Bio

I started curling after getting hooked watching the game during the 2006 Winter Olympics. I went to a Learn to Curl held by the Broadmoor Curling Club, and I've been playing since fall of 2006.

I've represented Colorado at U.S. Club Nationals three times and represented the region (Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas) at U.S. Mixed Nationals once, and Mixed Doubles twice.

Curling is a fantastic family sport, and one of few competitive sports that you can play with teammates of all ages and abilities. Kids play with parents, cousins, grandparents and friends. The Broadmoor Curling Club has taught hundreds of Wounded Warriors to curl. We have taught curlers who use a wheelchair, curlers who have a traumatic brain injury, curlers who are deaf and curlers who are blind. The beauty is everyone can play and compete together!

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