What a couple of weeks it’s been in the curling world. For the Olympic qualifier, we cover Australia’s mixed doubles triumph, the start of the men’s and women’s events and the EasyToys sponsorship resolution. Next, we discuss upcoming events that have already been canceled and the status of others. Finally, Jonathan puts the breakup of Team Bottcher in historical context and speculates on the reasons Team Gushue may want to enter play-downs.
Australia has a vibrant curling community despite several road blocks. There are no dedicated curling facilities and very few ice rinks. It’s a large country whose population centers are spread out. So how is Australia growing the sport and making the semifinals at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships? We spoke to native Australian and federation secretary Lyn Gill to find out. We start with curling news from Canada, Nigeria and Scotland and get into our interview with Lyn at 12:20.
Adriana Camarena, the skip of Mexico’s women’s team, joins us ahead of Mexico’s trip to the 2020 World Qualification Event in Lohja, Finland. We discuss her start with the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club, how she became a part of Curling Mexico, her experience at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship & 2019 America’s Challenge and how curling can continue to grow in the Americas Zone. We even have some news about the 2020 WQE field.
Topics: We preview the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with England’s Anna Fowler. Anna and her brother, Ben, are the first English team to be accepted to the British Curling program. She talks about how she got into curling, what she likes about mixed doubles and what it took to become part of Team GB. Also: Big names at this year’s championship, how mixed doubles grows the sport and how the discipline is evolving now that it’s part of the Olympic program.