National curling action sweeps into Placer for Labor Day weekendBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
Labor Day weekend is often celebrated by camping, barbecuing and having fun in the sun. However, this weekend, Placer County welcomes something a little different than your typical end of summer tradition: the sport of curling.
Placer County’s Wine Country Curling Club's signature bonspiel is back this weekend at Skatetown Ice Arena. The event is slated to be bigger than ever with 40 teams competing, according to Amy Looney of Placer Valley Tourism.
Placer Valley Tourism and the Wine Country Curling Club officials are excited that the surging success of this three-day event will showcase local and international Olympic curlers and a youth team with all four members under 18 years old. The competition list is full for the event but spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on these talented athletes in the sport that has taken America by storm after the recent Olympics.
"We're sold out with a waiting list and it's all because of that Gold Medal won by USA Team Shuster in the 2018 Winter Olympics," Wine Country Curling Club President Katie Feldman said. "Of the 40 teams that are registered, at least six of them have brand new curlers on them. That's exciting for our sport and shows just how great the sport of curling is at all levels!"
By Thursday, five Canadian teams already arrived in Placer County for the competition and will enjoy the many amenities that Placer County has to offer.
Among the numerous entries are professionals Debbie McCormick and Edith Loudon Hazard. McCormick is a four-time Olympian and World Champion curler. Loudon, a Scotland native, was a member of Great Britain's Olympic curling team and competed in the 1998 Winter Games in Japan.
The Crush kicks off with the first series of games at 7 a.m. Friday with the official opening ceremony scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Games will start by 7 a.m. Saturday and playoff rounds start by 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Admission to the event is free for all ages and the community is encouraged to come out and enjoy this unique event made possible by the Wine Country Curling Club in collaboration with Placer Valley Tourism. Skatetown is at 1009 Orlando Ave. in Roseville.