Lots of excited news from around the curling news to discuss. We start in the US where the Southern California Curling Center hosted Team USA and the Late Late Show with James Corden. We also have news from curling center that either just opened or will soon across the US in San Francisco, Austin, Nashville and suburban Denver. Internationally, we talk about the Pre-Olympic Qualification Event and the team that will be noticeably absent from the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. We also take time to answer some of your questions and even spend some time talking about some of the world’s best curlers and the upcoming Grand Slam of Curling Events.
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Jonathan and Ryan discuss the news out of the World Curling Federation’s Annual General Assembly. First, the rule changes that will be tested at the 2022 World Curling Championships. Does the version of the game we see on TV need to match what we experience at curling centers? Are we over-complicating things for potential first-time viewers? Next, the new Pan-Continental Curling Championships that will help determine future fields at World Championships. What major improvement do we think should be implemented to make this system better? Finally, we touch on other curling news from Poland, the USA and Canada.
Born in Mongolia, Bat-Oyun “Oyuna” Uranchimeg had her life changed forever after a car accident while visiting the United States in 2000. Oyuna shares the incredibly story of how she went through rehabilitation, immigrated to the US, was reunited with her son and eventually discovered the sport of curling. Now a member of Team USA, this fall she and her teammates will attempt to qualify for the Paralympics during the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.
Ryan came prepared to talk about curling. Jonathan came prepared to talk about dinosaurs. The compromise is an episode where we assign a curler to each of the Top 10 most popular dinosaurs. It is peak summertime content. Plus news from the curling world, including the cancelation of the World Mixed Curling Championship.
Jonathan and Ryan give their wishlist for the 2021-22 curling season and beyond. We look at our own curling experience, the podcast and competitive curling and give you our ideas that we hope happen. Plus, recent curling news from Sweden to Kansas City.
First up we review women’s worlds, the slams and men’s worlds and learn why Jonathan has started calling Russia “Team VPN.” This leads to debates about live streams, Olympic expansion and rugby codes. Then we give quick previews of mixed doubles worlds and US nationals. Finally, we have curling news from Lithuania to LA and points in between.
Get ready for the 2021 World Women’s Curling Championship with our in-depth preview. We go team-by-team and give you what to watch for during the tournament. Plus, we get to know three of the teams thanks to interviews with China’s coach, Marco Mariani, Japan’s coach, Connor Njegovan, and Korea’s coach, Lim Myung-sup.
Estonian Curling with Fred Randver of Curling Tallinn
Danish Curling with President Henrik Christoffersen
Korea’s Team Kim with Coach Peter Gallant and Consultant Melvin Lee
USA Curling with CEO Jeff Plush
And now for something completely different. We dive into Canadian curling champion Ed Lukowich’s sci-fi novel, The Trillionist and Ed’s Trillion Theory. Joining us to explore the concepts in the novel is Andrew Heaton. Heaton is a comedian, author, political satirist and host of the sci-fi podcast “Alienating the Audience.”
We have all you need to know for the 2021 World Men’s Curling Championship. First, we preview each team, including an interview with China’s coach, Sören Grahn. Then, we break the teams down into tiers and discuss the possible scenarios that will impact qualification for the 2022 Olympic Games. As many as six teams will punch their ticket to the Olympics so there is a lot on the line in Calgary.
Bottcher Time is here. Plus: Did this Brier give us a look at the future? Who’s now (or still) the favorite to represent Canada at the Olympics.