Curling in the United States is growing as a consequence of the last two Olympic Games. The USA now has more registered curlers than has Scotland. The sport has spread far from the traditional Midwest hotbeds. You can now curl in a number of places in California for example (see here).
Edith Loudon has been one of Scotland's top woman curlers for many years. Indeed, her team is set to challenge Kelly Wood to decide who will be Scotland's representatives at the European Championships in Örnsköldsvik in December. That challenge goes ahead next month at the Dewars Rinks in Perth, October 24-26, and the draw is here.
Now, you are wondering I'm sure, what is the link between Edith Loudon and California? Check out this video here.
Thanks to the Curling News blog - always a wonderful source of the esoteric and interesting - for posting this earlier today!
Top: Edith (described as 'one of the elite') is interviewed at the Second Annual Bay Area Crush Bonspiel. Why is it called the Crush Bonspiel? Because it's organised by the Wine Country Curling Club of Northern California which promotes the sport of curling in Solano, Napa, Sacramento and neighboring counties. During the season, the club curls every Friday evening on five sheets of arena ice in Vacaville, which is between San Francisco and Sacramento. Taken from kfarr's fascinating video.
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