Eight years ago, during the winter Olympics, I fell in love with curling. The strategy was amazing, the excitement, yes, excitement of an end coming down to one final stone, and the total coolness of seeing one stone take out 4 others blew my mind.
I joined the Plainfield Curling Club and played for two years there. Then I had kids and put aside my Olympic aspirations. But I still love watching a bonspiel.
And this years’ Olympics were amazing! The caliber of play was fantastic and watching Kevin Martin go undefeated for his first gold was spectacular. Kevin Martin showed poise and grace and proved to be my favorite Olympic athlete of the games. Sorry Sean White, your jumps were definitely awesome, but they don’t compare to winning eleven matches in a row. And remaining very cool under pressure.
Fellow Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard also played an amazing Olympics. She played some fantastic matches, pulling out a number of squeakers and shooting an amazing percentage. Her miss in the final end to send it into extras, and her miss in the extra end belied a fantastic tournament. And, I have to say the gold medal game was a crushing defeat. Not to take anything away from the Swedish team who played wonderfully. I would have just loved to see a Canadian sweep of gold.
Cheryl Bernard proved to be my second favorite Olympic athlete (Johnny Weir & Evan Lysacek (with his feathered hands) were also favorites and the ice dance team of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir were also quite tremendous).
This was a really great Olympics, and we haven’t even seen the hockey results yet!