Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert made big news in 2009 by stepping up to sponsor the US Speed Skating team. Since 2010 is going to be the “curlingest” year that Kalamazoo has ever seen, it’s only fitting that the first “Colbert Report” of 2010 will feature his attempt to become a member of the U.S. Olympic squad by becoming a member of the U.S. Olympic curling team! Tune in tonight at 11:30 to see the report… or check back here later for a post from the episode.
[UPDATE] – Video
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!