How the Olympics expands Japan’s curling “pond”

Like the United States, interest in curling soars in Japan during the Olympics. This interest has reached even greater levels following Japan’s bronze medal performance at the 2018 games. Naoki Iwanaga, a former competitive curler from Japan now living in the US, joins us to talk all things Japanese curling. We discuss the differences in curling culture between Japan and the US. Then, we learn about the growth of the sport in Japan and the need for a dedicated curling facility in Tokyo. He also introduces us to the concept of “沼” (meaning pond or swamp) and how it relates to the increased attention on curling during Team Fujisawa’s games.

Japan Curling Association’s Curling Pond YouTube series
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Breaking down the Olympic playoff races

And down the stretch they come! Every team at the Olympics has three games left on their schedule at the time of this recording. First, we try to untangle the women’s standings. Then, we breakdown the game that will probably decide the men’s playoff field.

Olympic and Paralympic Curling Schedule
Our Welcome to Curling series for newcomers

Mixed doubles in Beijing was wild and wonderful

As everyone predicted (and by everyone, we mean no one), Italy will face Norway for the mixed doubles curling gold. In this episode we review the mixed doubles competition going into the gold- and bronze-medal games, especially the fantastic stories of Italy and Australia. We also discuss what trends could emerge in mixed doubles as a whole coming out of these games.

Our “Welcome to Curling” series for those new to the sport
Men’s Olympic curling preview
Women’s Olympic curling preview

Curling in Kenya w/ Laventer Oguta and Haggai Odhiambo Ogak

Everyone’s Olympic curling dream has to start somewhere. For Laventer Oguta and Haggai Odhiambo Ogak, that dream starts New Jersey. These two members of the Kenya Curling Federation recently got their first experience on curling ice at Plainfield Curling Club with hopes that they will soon represent their nation in World Curling Federation events. They join us, along with Dean Roth from Plainfield Curling Club, to talk about how they were introduced to curling, how their initial training is going and what the future holds for curling in Kenya.

Help Kenya get to the Pan-Continental Curling Championship
Kenya Curling Federation on Facebook
Plainfield Curling Club
Curling in Nigeria w/ Harold Woods III

Korea’s Team Kim makes triumphant Olympic return

We’ve documented the trials and tribulations that Korea’s Team Kim Eun-jung experienced during and after their Olympic silver medal. Well, now we get to hear about the happy part of their story. The part where Team Kim earned its way back to the Olympics. We are joined by coach Peter Gallant and curling consultant Melvin Lee to discuss Team Kim’s journey to qualify for Beijing and the new support system they have in place for this Olympics. This led to a discussion of governance in curling and how it’s changed since curling became an Olympic sport.

The remarkable return of Korea’s Team Kim
Our interview with Team Kim coach Lim Myung-sup
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Meet the mixed doubles curling teams at the 2022 Olympics

The Olympic mixed doubles field features some familiar faces from 2018, some of the game’s best shooters and two countries making their Olympic debut.

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See the 2022 Olympic curling schedule
Curling in Australia with Tahli Gill’s mom, Lyn
Mixed doubles curling with Anna Fowler

Welcome to curling! Frequently Asked Questions

Our Welcome to Curling series is designed to help newcomers to the sport understand what they’re watching during the 2022 Olympics and beyond. Why do curling players sweep? Who are the greatest curlers of all time? Where can I follow curling during and after the Olympics? Get the answers to these questions and more in this episode.

Additional episodes in this series go deeper into the game of curling, including the rules, strategy, terminology and history of the game.

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Resources Mentioned
The Curling News
2 Girls and a Game
Game of Stones
Curling Legends
From the Hack
Extra Extra End
Coaching Kids Curling
Empowered Performance for Curlers
Inside Curling
CurlingGeek (on Twitter)
CurlingClips (on Twitter)
TwineTime (on Twitter)
Devin Heroux