FLASHBACK: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Won Curling Gold
As we look forward to Sochi 2014 we can proudly say that the Winter Olympic Games aren't the only multi-sport games to host the Curling event. The 2009 World Police & Fire Games hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia brought Curling into their sports program.
The results for the Unisex Open Teams: Royal Canadian Mounted Police won Gold consisting of team members Fister, Blachford, Meyer and Russell. A combined agency team consisting of members from across Canada won Silver. Their team makeup included Moss, McCourt, Haichert and LaLonde. Bringing home the Bronze medal was the Canada Border Services officers with team members Oda, Derrick, Christiansen and Gayler.
Curling has been described as the “Roarin’ Game”, with the “roar” coming from the noise of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. The exact origins of the game, however, are unclear, but curling is widely believed to be one of the world’s oldest team sports.
Curling in its early days was played on frozen lochs and ponds. A pastime still enjoyed in some countries when weather permits, but all National and International competitive curling competitions now take place in indoor rinks with the condition of the ice carefully temperature-controlled. It is also clear that the first recognized Curling Clubs were formed in Scotland, and during the 19th Century the game was “exported” wherever Scots settled around the world in cold climates, most notably at that time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand.
During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Eight teams for men and women participated in Nagano, and this was increased to ten from the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games of 2002 onwards.