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

Nice Sweaters! It’s A Cardigan But Thanks For Noticing.

Team USA's women's curling team at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi. (US Olympic Team)

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

A Quick Primer on Curling

The Olympics are hours away and that means the start of curling competition.

So you’ll be watching and wondering just what the heck is going on out there. Here’s a quick video primer composed by the the Olympics to help you understand the game a little bit better …

It’s Only A Day Away …

All of us at Anthracite Curling are excited for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

For many of us at the Club, it was four years ago that we watched the Olympics on TV and wanted to learn to play curling. We, like many, were glued to our sets and couldn’t wait to get on the ice! Continue reading