We break down the latest news in curling, including a short-lived Curling Canada pregnancy policy and its hiring for former world champion David Murdoch from Scotland to lead its high performance program.
In this episode we discuss the fragmented state of curling live streams and how it mirrors the world of streaming overall. What will the future hold for live streaming of curling events, both on tour and at the national and world level? Also in this episode:
- Olympic qualifiers
- Canadian Pre-Trials
- British Curling’s team selections
- World Wheelchair Curling Championships
- USA Curling’s updated transgender participation policy and guidance
James Runge (@twinetime14 on Twitter) has been to just about every curling event you can name. So he knows what advantages curling has as a spectator sport. He tells us what each of the major events he’s been to does best when it comes to catering to the fans. We also discuss how these events can improve. Not necessarily on the ice, but in terms of helping curling’s growth and diversity initiatives. We also dive into the origins of his blog and the ranking system he created for it.
We review the most interesting stories and most interesting teams from the 2018-19 curling season. Topics include the impact of the five-rock rule, the Curling World Cup, people getting mad on social media, Korean women’s curling, new teams that worked & didn’t, this year’s break out stars and the best toys for watching curling at 2 a.m. with a newborn. If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review and let your friends know to give us a listen.
Topics: A Swedish win makes this the Edin Decade; Kevin Koe: Good at curling; Japan’s ‘hello, world’ tournament; a frustrating finish for the USA; a near breakthrough for Italy; effects of the five-rock free guard zone; the USA-Canada cheering kerfuffle; the political philosophies of Stanley Cavell.