The Curling Show
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Dean Gemmell)
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The place where the world's top curlers and the sport's leaders are interviewed.
||Kaitlyn Lawes, playing Third for Team Canada at the Sochi Games.||She%26#8217;s been on the ice since she was a five-year-old and in the spotlight since her days as a top junior skip. I talked to Kaitlyn back in December, shortly after her team had earned the right to be Team Canada at the Sochi Games. Even if you don%||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||E.J. Harnden, part of Team Jacobs, er, Team Canada at the Sochi Games.||They%26#8217;ve gone from the young upstarts known for their fitness to the young team known for their fitness and winning a ton of games. I talked to E.J. before the holidays about their win at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, their preparation for th||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marcel Rocque, Head Coach of Team China.||One-half of Huff-and-Puff on the Ferbey Four, Marcel now does double duty as the coach of both the Men%26#8217;s and Women%26#8217;s teams from China. He%26#8217;ll be with them in Sochi and he shared some of what he%26#8217;s brought to their preparatio||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rick Sawatsky, playing this week at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings with Team Morris.||He was last in the Canadian Trials in 2005 with Pat Ryan at the helm. Now he%26#8217;s back with John Morris in the rings and Ryan on the bench as a coach. Rick talks about how John came to join this rink in the off-season and shares his thoughts on play||12/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mark Kean, skip of the team that’s ranked #11 in the world.||He skips a young Ontario team that works hard and has advanced #11 in the world. This week, they%26#8217;re in Kitchener at the Road to the Roar, where they%26#8217;re trying to get one of the last spots in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and keep thei||11/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Top skip, new husband, calendar cover man. It’s Mike McEwen.||Team McEwen defines steady improvement and is now a favorite to win any event they%26#8217;re in. Mike%26#8217;s team is currently ranked #5 in the world, he%26#8217;s recently married and he%26#8217;s on the cover of the Men of Curling calendar. He%26#||10/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jon Mead of Team Stoughton.||His team is currently ranked #1 in the world and he%26#8217;s in the pages of the Men of Curling calendar. He%26#8217;s also 46 so he gets full credit for both achievements. Veteran Jon Mead joined us to talk about Team Stoughton%26#8217;s season so far,||10/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The loquacious, unfiltered Ben Hebert of Team Martin.||He has an Olympic gold medal, a new teammate and a love of the out turn. He%26#8217;s also an astute observer of the game and offers some great insight into how the sport has evolved since his team%26#8217;s march to gold in 2010. Ben and I also share ou||9/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Viktor Kjall from the 2013 Men’s World Champions.||He plays lead on Niklas Edin%26#8217;s rink, the team that captured the 2013 Men%26#8217;s World Championship in Victoria this past April. I talked to Viktor about the team%26#8217;s week at the Worlds, how the selection process works in Sweden, the popu||6/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||George Karrys of The Curling News with an almost-end-of-season review.||With only a few major events left on the schedule this season, I talked to George Karrys about this past season. We%26#8217;ve sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the Worldâ€™s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John||4/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
The best curling podcast ever!
This is not shuffleboard on ice. Gives the listener a great appreciation of the skill, strategy, and complexity of Canada's greatest game (sorry hockey). A must listen.
For curling fans, a great way to hear the opinions of the professionals
If you don't know curling already, this podcast will be lost on you. But if you're a fan, it's a great way to hear the opinions of the pros and others involved in the sport at the highest levels. As an American and first-year curler, I found the interviews with the top athletes to be very educational, both for their insight to the "mental game" and as an aid to learning about curling in Canada. Definitely worth visiting the website to hear older podcasts not available through iTunes.
This show concentrates on interviews with top curlers (virtually all Canadians), and there's a lot of good information given by the curlers. Unfortunately, Dean Gemmell is absolutely insufferable as a host. His smart-alec interviewing style distracts from the curlers, and his continual moaning about the Continental Cup has grown beyond tiresome. If he can tone down the wiseacre schtick, the podcast would be far better.