Curling For Dummies
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With the Winter 2006 Olympics bringing Canada our first gold medal in curling, the sport's popularity is at an all-time high in this country, and its international presence is growing. In the five years since the publication of the first edition of Curling For Dummies, Canadian attendance at curling tournaments and viewership of televised curling has skyrocketed. Twenty new nations have joined the World Curling Federation.
Curling’s profile isn't the only thing that's changed since the first edition was published — so too have the game's rules, equipment, and technique. Profiles of players, listings of television coverage and events, and memorable curling shots also need to be updated for the second edition. As the most comprehensive and up-to-date book available, Curling For Dummies will remain the ultimate curling book, for fans, players, and coaches.
Hemmings was looking at a Shymko rock behind a guard just biting the Button. Hemmings couldn’t play a takeout; his only chance was to draw to the exact center of the house — the Button. With Shymko’s rock sitting so well, Hemmings had no margin for error. Hemmings threw it perfectly. With good sweeping, the rock stopped exactly on the Button, giving Hemmings the coveted point and the victory. Jennifer Jones’s Hit and Roll In the 2005 Canadian women’s championship, Jennifer Jones of
use more or less force, depending on the type of shot. The different shots are discussed in Chapter 10. Two vital parts of the delivery occur in the next couple of moves. Use your legs, not your arms Resist the temptation to push the stone with your arm. Your arm doesn’t deliver the stone; it’s just the extension from and the connection to your body. Rather, your leg that pushes out from the hack (your right leg, if you are throwing right) delivers all the power behind the stone’s
With Padgett’s “Little Rocks,” however, you don’t have a mess to clean up (except maybe on the faces of the curlers themselves after the ice cream and cake they get post-game). And tykes as young as 5 or 6 can curl. “Little Rockers” (the name given to those who curl using the smaller stones) have taken to the game, well, like ducks to water. Some of the original “Little Rockers” have gone on to become world champions, including Kim Gellard and Corey Beveridge, women’s world champions in
develop are well worth the effort. School curling Curling and schools have a long association. For many years, junior curling in Canada depended on the support of the school system. Curling was part of the physical education curriculums of most school boards. Junior teams that played for national titles were made up of four players from the same school, instead of from the same club, and the national junior champion was referred to as the Canadian Schoolboy champion. Junior curling and
the world celebrate today. Scotland’s cruel winter climate was softened somewhat by curling matches played all over the country. As the temperature dropped, the participants put away their golf clubs and picked up their heavy stones. Contests became friendly grudge matches: Neighbors took on neighbors, and whole villages took on other villages, playing against each other in healthy competition. Scots even held a “Grand Match,” where thousands of players competed at once. Though curling is now