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Curling stories

Who are the curlers here?

I hadn't thought about curling for so long, but then I just posted in the "spot the lie" thread about when I used to curl. I was SOOOOOOOOO into it. But then, I became a minister and weekend bonspieling was out. And me being me, I didn't want to just play on a "fun" league. So I haven't curled for 25 years! But I loved it!

 

Here's a thread to share your funny or unusual curling stories or just to affirm how much you love the sport.

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Ha!  I used to curl,  only one day I was going backwards and didn't realize how close I was to the hack, tripped backwards, smashed head on rocks and got a concussion.  That ended my carrer because I was to scared I was going to get hurt again, so I took up wrestling instead

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I love curlihg.  But I suck horribly at it.  I fall down when I throw the rock, that is how bad I am.   I have a very good understanding of how to curl, I just can't make my body do what I am wanting it to do when I try to curl.  But I do have lots of fun laughing hysterically at myself every time I fall down on the few occasions I venture out onto the ice. 

 

So, while I could let people have the glory and privilege of having me on their curling team, and it seems such a shame to deprive them of it,  I choose to stay at home and be an armchair curler.  

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I guess the reason I was pretty good at it is cuz I was a dancer. So I had strong legs and could push out from the hack and slide to the hog line in a perfect "splits" with turned-out front foot....and I could do that on day 1. Now getting the right weight and proper turns and all was a different story!

 

I really liked playing the front end, too. I got onto a good team of experienced curlers as lead and stayed playing lead my whole curling "career". I loved counting out the weight of the rocks hog line to hog line and once sweeping with brushes came into vogue I was very happy...cuz I couldn't do more than dust with a corn broom.

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When my niece was 14 she was curling and fell on the ice and they thought she broke her arm. When it was looked at by a doctor, they found bone cancer that would never have  been detected. . She is a cancer survivor and it is only because of curling, I believe

 

I am also from Schmerler country so curling is something that I enjoy.

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True story....

I was once sweeping madly down the ice, I was in the zone, just me, the broom and the rock, we were one! 

 

When suddenly I go ass over tea kettle, as my grandma would say, broom flies through the air in a graceful arch - which I'm in the perfect position of  observing  because I am now lying flat on my back.

 

There was also a great cacophony accompanying this graceless maneuver as I had tripped over these benches that they placed between rinks - for reasons known only to sadistic skips I am sure!

 

I hung up my slider after that one for a while, but I did eventually get back into the hack again...

 

 

LB

We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us.      Andy Barrie

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I love watching Olympic curling! Normally don't have the time to watch the Bier though...I never think to get into it.

 

One time in a really major competition my partner and I were sweeping a rock and we'd counted the seconds and it was going to be short. We'd just crossed the front of the house and we were sweeping our arms off. Then I accidentally DROOLED in front of the rock. Which gave it just that little bit of extra swoosh and swirl...and it fell right into place!

 

I looked at the ref cuz I thought it would be a burnt rock and I said, "I drooled in front of it" and he just ignored me and yelled "two red" or whatever....ha ha ha

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Hooray for drool!!!    Just think of it as debris on the ice, LJ.  Except that instead of a pick, it created a slick ...

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ha ha ha

 

I knew a guy once whose name was "Dutchuck". And he was the skip. So they put on the back of the teammates' shirts: "Leadchuk" "Secondchuck" "Thirdchuck" and his was..."Dutchuk"

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I've watched The Tournament of Hearts  with interest.

I've curled exactly twice -- about 30 years ago.  I spared at a remote rink on northern Vancouver island.  I remember taping the sole of my one sneaker with electrical tape to make it more "slidey".

It was fun.  I doubt my body could do any of those moves anymore.  It involves squatting.

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OMG CURLING FTW!!!

 

I'm an avid curler. And pretty good if I do say so myself.  I went to the arctic winter games and won bronze :D  I've been to lots of other minor tournies as well.

 

I curl twice a week, thrice sometimes!  I love curling.

 

 

 

Assalaam Alaiykum

-Omni

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Cool! There's a woman here who calls herself "Kay the Curler". I hope she stops by this thread.

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I once made the mistake of curling with my husband in a "fun" league. That was 25 years ago and I swear we almost broke up.

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Oh curling.

 

My parents met through curling.  My mother was on a team with my father's father.  They ended up playing once a week against each other and fell in love. 

 

My father is an RCMP member, he curls with them. Twice he has gone to Nationals, once in Edmonton Alberta, and once in Moncton NB.  My grandfather was also an RCMP member and actually won at nationals a couple of times.

My mother doesn't play anymore but my father still does for an RCMP team once a week. 

Naturally, whenever curling is on tv it is all my family watches.  I don't actually enjoy the game but I like watching my dad curl.  He is the skip?  I hope that is the right term.  He throws once and directs mostly?

 

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Ya - the skip or "skipper" (captain) is the key strategist of the game. He or she literally "calls the shots" and then throws the last two rocks, which means s/he has to often make up for the mistakes the rest of the team has done and the ensuing mess.

 

When I played with my husband I was the only experienced member of the team so I skipped and my husband played lead. He'd lie in bed at night and go "I can't believe you called for the take-out in the eighth end"....or some such thing. That was IT for me curling with him!

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