I just returned from a long weekend in Canada, where everybody is always watching the Winter Olympics right now. Although, as always, I love watching moguls and bordercross and luge, I also developed a newfound appreciation for curling. It’s such an interesting game! To my newbie eyes, it appears to be a kind of mix between lawn bowling and billiards — two teams compete to get these color-coded discs perfectly positioned in the middle of a bulls eye on ice by knocking the other team out and strategically placing their own discs in certain places.
Japan actually has a good women’s curling team, called Team Aomori (pictured here). They beat the US yesterday, and should be playing again today. I’m also on the lookout for places where you can play curling recreationally. Anyone know a place?