Well, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics are getting closer every day, and the sport of curling is going to get a little bit of airtime on NBC on the 4th of November.
Nov. 4 marks 100 days until the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. To celebrate, the United States Olympic Committee is hosting an Olympic Festival at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 4 in New York City featuring a curling demonstration.
2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling members John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), Jason Smith (Cape Coral, Fla.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.), Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) will be joined by 2010 U.S. Paralympic Team for Wheelchair Curling members Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.).
All eight Olympic sports will be represented at the Olympic Festival, which is highlighted by the USOC’s Making Team USA program, which provides an inside look at what it takes to become a member of America’s Team and recognizes athletes as they are nominated to the USOC for inclusion on the team.
Having already qualified at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling held in February (and a selection event for the Paralympic members), the curlers will be recognized as the first members to be nominated to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team and presented with Team USA hats. A curling demonstration will follow with coverage on NBC’s “Today Show” throughout the morning.
A curling booth will be on display featuring curling equipment. An autograph session with the Olympic curlers also is on tap.
More information about curling’s nominees to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team can be found online at www.usacurl.org.
So if you are an earlier riser, take a peek at the Today Show on NBC, and you might get a chance to see some of the USA Olympic curlers… in ACTION!
The official web site for the 2010 U.S. National Curling Championships has just been launched by the U.S. Curling Association and Wings Stadium. You’ll find information about the tournament, including ticket prices, ticket packages, draw times and more.
USCA Level I and II Officials Training
Oct. 24 & 25
In preparation for the 2010 USCA National Championships in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Curling Club is hosting USCA Level I and Level II training classes this fall. If you are interested in being an official at the 2010 US Curling Nationals and you are not certified, this will be your chance to get certified.
October 24th – Level I
October 25th – Level II
Registration each day is @ 8:30 AM.
Class will be from 9:00 AM to approx. 4:00 PM
The Annex at Wings Stadium
3600 Vanrick Dr.
$50 per class
Morning coffee and lunch provided.
Please pre-register for these classes by contacting Garnet Eckstrand (Kalamazoo Curling Club) by emailing this address or by calling 269-598-3644.
Places to stay
The first two are a few miles from the arena, but are our sponsor hotels.
Holiday Inn West – Special curling rate available. To book, call 269-375-6000 and use “curling officials” as a reference. About eight miles down the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
Radisson – In downtown Kalamazoo, close to everything with a local flavor. About five miles from the arena.
Fairfield Inn – Just across the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
Best Western – Just across the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
2010 Nationals are March 6-13, 2010, Kalamazoo, MI.
Don’t miss it.
Here’s a short piece that ran in the Western Herald, the student newspaper of Western Michigan University. It comes along with a little video from a recent open curling session. Any students from Kalamazoo College or Western Michigan University that might be interested in forming a curling team, should definitely get in touch with us.