Monthly Archives: December 2020

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.

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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