This is quite the curling weekend!
As we told you earlier today, the 2010 Canadian Seniors get underway tomorrow in Ottawa, Canada.
Also starting on Saturday, March 210 and running through March 28 is the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Jennifer Jones is off the media bench and back on the ice for her third World appearance in a row representing Canada, and she is looking to rebound from last year's disappointing fourth-place finish in Gangneung, Korea. The home team will be challenged by defending champions China, Denmark and Scotland, and we'll be keeping a close eye on the teams from the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Japan, too.
This event also features the debut appearance of Latvia, whose team is coached by Brian Gray, a Scotsman who lives and coaches in Switzerland. Here's our previous story on the Latvians and their big qualification triumph, from back in December.
Canada's games will be televised live on TSN, and each game will also be available for online viewing shortly after completion, at TSN.ca.
Team USA will see four of their games webstreamed online at Universal Sports (USA only), plus all the playoff games.
Eurosport will be televising many games throughout Europe, and streaming more games on the online Eurosport Player.
We have also heard from other markets that experienced great interest in televised curling during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games – including Brazil, which be televising selected games during both the women's and men's worlds, via SporTV. Olá a todos os fãs do Brasil de curling!
What else, you ask?
There's also the greatest party bonspiel (tournament) underway this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota... the House of Hearts, which features celebrity athletes competing with Regular Joes (and Janes) to raise funds for charity. While we await news (and hopefully photos) of this annual classic, here's a "medical" look back at one past event... and a second, remarkable tale which includes a YouTube video...
Finally, let's not forget the Wheelchair Curling event wrapping up this weekend from Vancouver, namely, the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (photo). As we have already advised you via Twitter, there is a tiebreaker today between Sweden and Italy (admission is free) and the winner battles Canada tomorrow in one semifinal, while the United States and South Korea will meet in the other semi.
The finals also take place tomorrow.
[WCF photo by Dan Field]