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.
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
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
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
Team USA’s women’s curling team at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi. (US Olympic Team)
When you watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight, you’ll eventually see Team USA enter the stadium wearing some pretty loud sweaters.
Actually, it’s a cardigan. And for once, the maker (Ralph Lauren) made sure to get the point across that these uniforms were actually made here in the USA. Whether you believe that or not is up to you.
Curling, of course, is not an American sport. The game has Scottish roots and in Scotland there is an abundance of two things: cold weather and wool. Today, curling is dominated by the Canadians, another place known for a less than temperate climate. And that’s what makes Team USA’s entrance uniforms for tonight so appropriate for curling. Except for the white pants and boots, of course. Continue reading