The 2011 curling season, if you haven’t noticed, is now underway.
In some ways, that glorious 2010 Olympic season never really ended. After the various world championships wrapped up in early May, the European summer spiels took place... followed by various World Curling Federation camps and clinics... then the regular winter season for Australia and New Zealand, as well as various U.S. summer recreation leagues.
Followed by Canadian summer camps, spiels and leagues... the Great Brazilian Curling Adventure™ right here on this blog (of course)... and now, the “official” fall season.
And there’s lots to watch, too. On Thursday night, CurlingZone launched online webstreamed coverage of the Ontario Curling Tour Championships in Oakville, Ontario utilizing the UStream platform. That first recorded game is archived here, and their live channel coverage (including a chat board) can be found here.
Just a few hours later, on Friday morning in Switzerland, the Baden Masters event kicked off Europe’s Curling Champions Tour. And by the time folks on Canada’s west coast had gone to bed, the new Brad Gushue/Randy Ferbey combination had won their first game of the season, 8-7 over Switzerland's Dominik Maerki (the Swiss held leads of 3-0 and 5-2 early on).
The second round of play sees Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud taking on Russia’s Andrey Drozdov, with the Olympic silver medallists displaying new lime-green pants worthy of their Loudmouth Golf sponsorship (screen shot above). At this time of writing the match was being streamed live on LAOLA1.tv, with the Russians holding a 3-1 lead after five ends of play.
Some 10 matches will be streamed online during the tournament, including all pre-playoff games scheduled on sheet two. So there you go.
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