Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Curling

Yesterday evening, Natasha and I played Curling with a group of people from work. It turned out to be an absolute blast. I've watched Curling many times, during the Olympics for example, and thought it was really interesting.

Playing it myself really took it to a whole new level and I realized why it's gained such popularity. It's a game that involves skill and strategy, and it's a pretty good amount of work as well.


Here's a couple of pictures of us on the Curling rink. After a couple of falls, we all managed to keep our balance most of the time. I'm sure most of our technique needs serious work, but you can't really expect much for a first try.




And sweeping! Now that's a job. Sweeping actually melts the top layer of ice just slightly and makes the rock go straighter and keep its speed. Unlike most people think, sweeping does not affect the curl (indeed, it makes it go straighter). The curl comes from the spin put on the rock.


Andrew and Brian sweeping. "HARD!"

Our team came together well, formed a basic strategy, and we did some really good playing. We were team 'E' and came up with the name 'Excalibur' to match. Below is a picture of our team members.


Team 'Excalibur': Brian, Andrew, Natasha, Donald

Now we're looking forward to the next time we can play!

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3 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Tasha said...

That was SO much fun!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous e. said...

I have watched Curling a couple of times....thought is was as boring as Watching Paint Dry :(

I will take your word for it though.

Glad you had Fun :)

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Looks like a Blast!! I actually never paid much attention to Curling during the Olympics, but when a person actually tries out a sport, it puts new light on things. Next time we're up, I'd like to try it!

6:35 PM  

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