The Curling News December 2013 issue

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Watch your feet; shattered dreams below

All killer, no filler

All killer, no filler

For all the quadrennial excitement of the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games themselves, and the thrill of representing one's country on the world's biggest sporting stage, there is a boatload of misery left behind for so many who came so close.

Journalism legend Terry Jones, an ace columnist at The Curling News, tells that detailed story on the cover of our December issue, which started arriving at subscriber homes late last week.

In our sidebar on the history of Olympic Trials competition – the full listing of all competing teams, win/loss records and Olympic results dating back to 1997 – we ask readers to weigh in on the big question: Which Olympic Trials featured the best of the best?

Check it all out, take some time and tell us your vote on our @curling Twitter feed.

And for heaven's sake, grab a copy of the killer December issue, for you won't want to miss any part of it.

Also in this issue:

“THIS STUFF IS B.S.” – Colin Hodgson worked hard as an Olympic Pre-Trials fifth player, but a notorious former Brier fifth says that alternates take themselves too seriously...

DEADLINE: REAL SOON – Here’s the big question: What are YOU planning to deal with February’s Olympic bonanza of interest at your curling club? We’re guessing you haven’t even thought about it...

CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE – Sure, we’ve got Trials coverage, but we also know where to find this month’s new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event... and now you can know as well. That and more in our monthly guide to all things curling on TV and the web...

TENNIS, ANYONE? – Who won the grass court challenge… a holiday shopping list for the curling fan… Hodgy here, Hodgy there… Reaction to Thomas Ulsrud’s howler in Medicine Hat… Where does Team Glenn Howard (and perhaps John Morris) go after 2014 – and more in our monthly Newsdesk section...

WE WANNA BE A PART OF IT – A new $300 million project will feature curling in New York, New York...

SPECIAL OFFER FOR AMERICA – For Yanks only: Subscribe to The Curling News and get a free gift subscription for a friend...

MINORITY REPORT: CURLING IN CHINA, PART I – We’ve got the proof and the on-site correspondent: Robbie Gallaugher says curling has indeed arrived in China...

MIKE FOURNIER – Our Quebec columnist’s idea was adapted and implemented by the Canadian Curling Association… so, um, where’s his cheque?

WOODY WINDS UP – Senior Columnist Larry Wood on Sports Hall of Fame prospects, Canada’s “utterly ridiculous” eligibility rules; Olympic qualifying in the future; the drumbeat of Brad Gushue; Sportsnet’s sad Grand Slam showcase – and more.

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