Melbourne, FL, February 17, 2014 – The second week of the 2014 Winter Olympics is in full swing. I am glad to have my DVR so I can record Olympic telecasts late at night so I can watch them when I get home from work. I have discovered how to watch curling. Record it first and then you can sip through each “End” as it unfolds and go straight to the 8th or 9th End to see how it ends. Last night I recorded the Korea – USA Women’s game. As I zipped through the first five Ends, the score was getting out of hand with Korea soundly outscoring Team USA. In order not to prolong the pain zipped to the end, only to back track to the 7th End where the Korean team scored two and made the score 11-2. At that point the game was over and Team USA called the game. What a shame!
This Olympics, the Team USA Women’s Curling team did not make the metal playoffs with a 1 win and 8 loss record. Oh my God! What happened to Team USA? I watched many of the complete games and can only say that our percentages for takeouts were just not as high and the other teams. Erica Brown missed the mark at critical times during some of these games where the score could have gone either way. Team USA was just out scored at both ends of the ice.
With four more years until the next Winter Olympics, let’s hope that Team USA and the USA Curling Association develops a plan to increase curling participation in America. If you live in the North Country, support your local curling club. Let’s bring back a medal in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. You know the South Korean’s will be ready.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.