UK Olympic Curling Uproar

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Great Britain's Olympic curling program is in an uproar with the news today that Karen Addison, the hand-picked alternate member of Eve Muirhead's Olympic-bound squad, has withdrawn from the team.

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The word comes from More Than The Games, which also mentions that news of Addison's replacement will be made today, at any moment.

Such a shocker was a source of speculation earlier this week by Bob Cowan, the intrepid Scottish curling blogger at Skip Cottage Curling.

This flies in the face of the success of the team, which has scored podium finishes in virtually every competition they've travelled to this season. It would be one of the understatements of the year to say that this distraction is not needed at this time.

Addison, who was a member of Gail Munro's 2006 Scottish champions – who were also at the centre of an uproar that season – is shown in action at the Ford Worlds in Vernon, BC (CCA photo by Michael Burns).

UPDATE: Annie Laird (in photo at right) has been appointed to replace Addison; you can read more about this at the latest Skip Cottage Curling post.