Posts tagged with “2010 Nationals”

Making the Ice

Making the ice

Here’s a great article (by Kalamazoo Curling Club’s own Kris Kinkade!) about the ice preparation going on inside Wings Stadium

Two days, people!!

[UPDATE] A little glimpse of the stadium as of about 3 o’clock on Thursday.

Wings Stadium

Learn to Curl at the Nationals

Come and learn what this funny game is all about. $10 for an hour of instruction and curling. If you want to just go on the ice and throw a rock or two, that’s free. Registration required. To register, email this address with your date and time preference, or just stop by the KCC merchandise table near the Annex and sign up.

All you need are some loose fitting clothes to allow for flexibility and some rubber soled shoes, like running shoes. We have everything else. We’ll have you curling in no time. Arrive 15 minutes early for off ice prep.

Friday, March 5, 5-9pm
Saturday, March 6, 9-11pm
Sunday, March 7, 9-12pm
Monday, March 8, 8:30-12:30pm
Tuesday, March 9, 10-12pm
Wednesday, March 10-12pm
Thursday, March 11, 10-12pm
Friday, March 12, 7-11pm

Times are subject to change depending on demand and instructor availability. Just keep your eye on our website calendar or check in at our Merchandise table near the Annex at Wings Stadium.

Building the Houses

2010 Nationals Setup
The ice preparation has begun… it’s really happening! Over the next few days, we’ll post some pictures as Wings Stadium grows into its role as the host of the 2010 US Curling National Championships. Here’s what the houses looked like as of about 8 o’clock last night. Still a little painting yet to be done, but it’s really taking shape.

Here is a video that shows how they ground out some grooves to help distinguish the different circles in the houses. (Quicktime MOV file)

We can’t wait to see you folks out there. Opening ceremonies are to be held on Saturday, and there’s word on the street that there may be a few curling celebrities in attendance!

[UPDATE] Here’s a picture from Tuesday evening…

Wings Stadium Curling

Kalamazoo Curlers in the Gazette

Jim Gesmundo at the Kalamazoo Curling Club

As the 2010 US Curling National Championships get closer and closer (less than a week away!!), we’re finding just a little more attention from the outside world. There is an article in today’s Kalamazoo Gazette which talks about how it came to be that the Nationals found a 2010 home in Kalamazoo.

Team Shuster Withdraws

Citing “emotional and physical fatigue,” the men’s Olympic curling team has withdrawn from the US Curling National Championships. It is believed that Team Shuster will be replaced by Wes Johnson’s rink out of Seattle. The most recent draw has been posted to the USA Curling web site.

[UPDATE] – From the AP:

The U.S. Olympic men’s curlers have withdrawn from next week’s nationals because of emotional and physical exhaustion.
Lead John Benton said he brought up the idea after the team’s disappointing performance in Vancouver but insists it had nothing to do with the Americans’ last-place finish at 2-7.

The lineup already was to be without vice skip Jason Smith, with Olympic alternate Chris Plys set to replace him.

“We all underestimated the drain that this would be,” Benton said. “It’s kind of convenient to say based on our results that we might have pulled out. I can’t say that even if we had done well we wouldn’t have made the same decision. It’s just so physically and emotionally taxing. I think it’s just a relief to everybody to be done and put it to bed.”

Benton said he will enjoy playing a no-pressure league game Tuesday back home in Minnesota.

The eight-day national tournament starts next weekend in Kalamazoo. By skipping nationals, this team can’t qualify for the 2010 world championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, held from April 3-11.

The men’s team accepted the invitation to nationals before the mid-December deadline, but Benton said if the players had known how tired they would be now they probably wouldn’t have done so.

Skip John Shuster’s team will be replaced at nationals by the next squad in line from this season’s national playoffs, Wes Johnson’s team from Seattle.”

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