Rough Starts For U.S. Teams

Team USA certainly had visions of a different beginning to the Round Robin portion of the 2014 Sochi Olympics curling tournament.

Both the Womens’ and Mens’ teams lost their opening draws today (Monday) in front of packed houses at the Ice Cube curling center in Sochi. The Swiss women overcame a very slow start and defeated Team Erika Brown, 7-4.

The U.S. Men lost by the same count to Norway later in the day. The Americans could only score one point after the 4th end in that draw.  Continue reading

Did You Know? PBP Guy Knapp Worked in Wilkes-Barre, Calls NEPA Home

Do you recognize that voice doing the play-by-play for curling action during the Sochi Winter Olympics?

He’s Jason Knapp, a former sports broadcaster at WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre. Lucky guy … he gets to talk curling with American hero and 2006 Bronze medal Skip Pete Fenson.

We certainly won’t put any pressure on him to name-drop Anthracite Curling during his umpteen broadcasts from Sochi (ahem!), but we hope to see him out on the ice when he gets back.

Knapp currently lives in Clarks Summit.

Olympics Curling on TV: Where and When to Watch

Curling FINALLY begins Monday morning at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

And if you’re primed to watch Team USA, prepare to adjust your lifestyle or ensure there’s enough room on the DVR!

Here is the U.S. broadcast schedule for the Americans on Monday, Feb. 9: Continue reading

A Medal Would Cap Three Great Olympic Careers, Plant Seed For Future

Erika Brown competed in the 1988 Olympics and returns to the Sochi Olympics with medal aspirations. (Team USA Photo)

Erika Brown competed in the 1988 Olympics and returns to the Sochi Olympics with medal aspirations. (Team USA Photo)

Erika Brown will lead the Team USA Women’s curling rink into the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Her team surely will be one of the most veteran at the Games. In fact, Lead Ann Swisshelm is the oldest American athlete at the Sochi Games. She’s 45. Second Jessica Schultz is the youngest on Team Brown at 29. Together, Team USA has a combined six previous Olympics appearances.

If you believe in great stories being made at the Olympics, then Team USA is the one to root for this year. Continue reading

Shuster Gets Chance At Olympic Redemption

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Here’s a quick glimpse at the Team USA Men’s Curling team.

This year, the Stars & Stripes will once again be led by Skip John Shuster. Shuster is 31 and from Duluth, Minn. He was skip of Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He won a Bronze Medal as Lead for Pete Fenson at the 2006 Torino Olympics. Continue reading