Rae Kells was prepared for the challenge. Her experience as a probations officer provided ideal training for work as a curling official. Her steady approach to controversial finishes at the 1993 Canadian Junior Women’s and ’94 Junior Men’s championships led to nearly 3 decades officiating regional, national, and international events, including four Olympic Winter Games. Rae was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2019. Before talking to Rae (30:24), Kevin speaks to Donna Boyle about her involvement with production of the recently released documentary Sticks and Stones: The Battle for the Soul of Curling.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Doug Wilson and Mickey Pendergast return to discuss Daily Curling Puzzle #51. Alberta's Kevin Koe has hammer and is ahead by 1 over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland in the 7th end of the 2016 Brier Final. Alberta third Mark Kennedy is about to throw his first and every rock is still in play, what the Scots might call a "guddle". Link to The Curling News to follow along with video and graphics, and watch the entire game on YouTube.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Olympic silver medalists Mike Harris and Richard Hart join Kevin to revisit the ninth end of their 1997 Canadian Olympic Trials final against Kevin Martin. Tied with hammer, Harris is in position to score but Martin third Don Walchuk makes a big runback with his first and when the dust settles, nothing is certain. Hart and Harris conclude with some remarkable insight on losing motivation, the myth of Olympic pressure, and more. Link to The Curling News to follow along with video and graphics, and watch the entire game on the YouTube page Curling Legends Podcast Presents.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Ken Pomeroy of Kenpom.com and Gerry Geurts of CurlingZone return with host Kevin Palmer. They are joined by skip of Team Manitoba Jason Gunnlaugson to debate whether games should be 8 or 10 ends. Ken's article on the topic can be found on his curling blog doubletakeout.com. Kevin provided past analysis in his 2019 article in The Curling News.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Jonathan Havercroft and Ryan McGhee of Rocks Across The Pond Podcast join Kevin to discuss how a Power Play is used in the Mixed Doubles Final of the 2018 World Cup event in Omaha, Nebraska. Link to The Curling News to follow along with video and graphics, and watch the entire game on YouTube.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Don Aitken misses corn brooms. With two players pounding in unison, the sound and rhythm was a thing of beauty. In the 1970s, Don practiced on linoleum during summer months and by winter, helped sweep up purple hearts, winning Quebec Provincial titles throughout the decade-first with skip Bill Kent and later Jim Ursel. His Brier championship victory came with Ursel, Art Lobel and Brian Ross, taking the title in their home city of Montreal in 1977. The Hall of Famer shares stories from early junior success and discovering drag effect in the 1960s, up to his final Brier appearances as a skip in the early 80s.
Friday, January 22, 2021
James Pahl and Mark Klinck join Kevin and go back nearly 26 years to the second end of the Brier semi-final between Alberta's Kevin Martin and Kerry Burtnyk of Manitoba. James was second for Team Alberta and shares his memories of the situation. Link to The Curling News to follow along with video and graphics, and watch the entire game at Curling Legends Podcast Presents YouTube Channel.