Hi from the hospitable south west corner of Saskatchewan where, arguably, the best from among the curling women of the world are here, hitting and missing on thier way to the final four. There is one draw left and it is Monday, so by now, everyone has their ice legs on, even the newbies from Latvia, who upset USA yesterday to score their historic first win at the Worlds.
There is international media here, in full force, dominating every element of the game. In the Cda Latvia game, a TSN camera was completely in the scrum of Latvia's time out. Yesterday, after China was crumbled 14-4 by Scotland, the Japanese media crew had a rep from the the Chinese coaching crew on the ice being inteviewed. He was genuinely all smiles during the interview, with the ice crew in the background, working between draws. I wish I could find out what they asked him. World Curling TV is here too. They are selling their games across the pond, and maybe to Asia. The media crew is a dominant force here.
Yesterday, The Keith's Patch, which features the same dog and pony show as every STOH or other world curling event that has been staged over the past 5 years, featured two curlers from Saskatchewan's Marj Mitchell team and two from Sandra Smirler's team, in "Up Close and Personal". You can ask them whatever you want! But folks weren't very forthcoming with their questions. Nobody asked them what they thought about whether the international game should go to eight ends. If that happens, it will just be announced without discussion. I'm thinking of asking that question. Jan Betker was on the couch for the chat session. On Saturday, she threw the ceremonial first rock for the event, and put it right on the button.
There have been some fantastically curled games and some wild and woolly episodes. Yesterday, Sweden played a split for four in the 10th to defeat Switzerland. Feltscher seemed to be over-punching adreneline in the 10th end of her games, but managed to finish off Russia this afternoon, in an extra end.
I'm not usually one to predict, but for the final four... I'll call Cda Sco Swe and in tiebreakers Chi USA and DEN. I was predicting that Wood and Muirhead would be bad chemistry at Skip/3rd, but they seem okay. And I like the Danes' chemistry, but they play the Jones style, but with less talent, so they can really blow games in a dramatic way.
I hope to post again.