USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush on How the US Can Develop Sustained Success



USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush was on the job for less than a month before the world changed due to a global pandemic. He joins us to discuss how USA Curling is navigating the pandemic and his plans for the future of the organization. He has high hopes to strengthen the sport in the US at all levels, from grassroots to high performance by drawing on ideas from both inside and outside of curling.

USA Curling Webinar on Diversity & Inclusion


COVID-19 Halts Worlds Qualifier in Denmark – What We Can Learn



The World Championship Qualifiers in Denmark were recently suspended due to a positive COVID-19 test. Despite having similar protocols in place to the proposed Calgary curling bubble, the disease infiltrated the field of just four teams and spread quickly. Danish Curling Federation Chairman Henrik Christoffersen and Mads Nørgaard of Team Krause join us to talk about the lessons we can take away from what happened at the Danish qualifier.

Watch for a show on the history and growth of Danish curling in the near future!
Danish Curling Federation on Facebook
How COVID-19 Spreads at a Curling Event


Run it Back: 1997 Brier Final with Kevin Palmer



This is part of our series, “Run it Back,” which looks at key games during curling’s Olympic age. We start with the 1997 Brier Final between Kevin Martin and Vic Peters. Kevin Palmer of Curling Legends Podcast and Curl with Math joins us to discuss this game’s place in curling history. Among the topics: Warren Hansen and moving the Brier to big arenas, Rudy Ramcharan and diversity in curling, God Shammgod, 2000 Flushes Blue, Steve Nash’s Rookie Year and why you’d paint the free guard zone.

Kevin Palmer on Twitter
Curling Legends Podcast
Curl with Math


Introducing “Run It Back”: Rocks Across the Pond’s Look at Curling’s Olympic Era



We are launching a new feature on Rocks Across the Pond that we’re going to call “Run It Back”. This series looks at how curling has changed over the last quarter century. We’re starting in 1997 when the game was still largely amateur, Canada dominated the world stage and sweepers did not know how to carve a stone. 

Each episode will focus on a single game. We’ll look at how things like strategy, sweeping, shot making, ice conditions, and even advertising has changed over the years. Each month from now until the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing we’ll drop an episode looking at a different game.

For our first episode, we are going to look at Jonathan’s all-time favorite curling game: the 1997 Brier final between Team Martin and Team Peters. Coming into the game both Peters and Martin had each won a Brier. The three-rock free guard zone was relatively new. The game features a sellout crowd at the Calgary Saddledome (the largest live audience to ever see a curling game). The game did not disappoint. It featured several big ends, great shots and heartbreaking misses. 

Kevin Plamer joined us to help analyze the game. Kevin is curling’s leading historian. He writes the “Curl With Math” blog, which uses analytics to analyze curling strategy. He published the book “10 Ends”, a statistical approach to watching curling. He also hosts “The Curling Legends Podcast” which interviews curling greats from the invention of the slide through to the modern era.

If you want to watch the game before listening to the episode you can view it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOjJXrHGMew

If you have suggestions for future episodes feel free to drop us a line at: rocksacrossthepond@gmail.com


The Remarkable Return of Korea’s Team Kim



Korea’s Team Kim Eun-jung reached incredible heights at the 2018 Olympics on home ice. However, behind the scenes they suffered at the hands of those closest to them. We talk to their coach, Peter Gallant, and curling consultant Melvin Lee about their courageous journey and their return to the top of Korean curling.


What Will Curling Look Like After COVID-19?



There’s plenty to talk about in the curling world, including:

  • The “Curling Bubble” and what it means for the Olympics
  • USA Curling’s Annual General Meeting
  • Club closures in North America
  • What changes clubs can make coming out of the pandemic to grow membership
  • The triumphant victory of Team Kim at the Korean Curling Championships

Curling Case Study: Edmonton’s Shamrock Curling Club



It wasn’t long ago that Shamrock Curling Club in Edmonton looked like it might close. Now, the club is thriving and has attracted a younger generation to curling. One of the people behind this revival is general manager Chris McTavish. In this episode, Chris tells us the story of how the Shamrock took a different approach to its leagues in order to earn a reputation as the “fun” club. We also learn about the new challenges the club is facing and how they are dealing with curling during the pandemic.

Shamrock Curling Club
Shamrock Curling on Facebook
Shamrock Curling on Twitter


Curling Case Study: Estonia’s Curling Tallinn



How do you build a country’s curling culture from scratch? Find out during our interview with Fred Randver of Estonia’s Curling Tallinn. Fred tells the history of curling in Estonia and how they were able to get a world-class facility built in Tallinn. Thanks to this facility, the country is quickly developing quality grassroots and high performance programs.

Curling Tallinn
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How COVID-19 Spreads at a Curling Event



How quickly can COVID-19 spread among participants, volunteers and spectators at a curling event? Dr. Paul Luethy joins the show to tell us. Dr. Luethy is an Assistant Professor in Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Clinical Microbiology Lab at the University of Maryland Medical Center. But he’s also a curler at Potomac Curling Club. And he volunteered at the USA Curling Club National Championships, which saw an outbreak of COVID-19 in March. He recently published a study that surveyed participants at that tournament to better understand the transmission of the disease during the event. We discuss his findings and what curling centers and event organizers can learn from them.

Estimating the Rate of COVID-19 at Club Nationals
USA Curling COVID-19 Updates


Curling Movie Mania



And now for something completely different. We joined Scott & Sean Graham from Game of Stones to pitch our ideas for curling movies to an actual screenwriter, Faisal Lutchmedial. Faisal most recently wrote on Endlings (broadcast on CBC and Hulu) and Ransom (broadcast on CBS and Global). He is currently developing a sci-fi action series with Netflix in the Canadian Film Centre Development Accelerator program. The “most viable” movie selected by Faisal is going to be pitched to the National Film Board of Canada by Sean! Join us as we dive into sports movie tropes and learn why they find their way into our favorite (and least favorite) films.

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