Earle Morris, now behind the sheet of Team Morris/Canada. August 15th, 2014

After an extraordinary run coaching Team Homan, Earle Morris thought he’d take a break. The good news for fans of the game? He changed his mind. I talked to Earle about his decision to take on the role of coaching his son’s veteran lineup this coming season, the evolution of the sport and a whole lot more.

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Richard Hart talks about coming back to Team Howard. June 18th, 2014

He stepped back after the 2011 season but he’s wading back in now. Richard Hart is returning at third for Team Howard — we talked about the challenges of a comeback, the veteran lineup and how the game has changed in just the last couple of years.

No, Glenn Howard didn’t ask you to fill a spot on his team but you can still dress like you deserved a look. Check out Runback curling apparel at Runback and Just Run It.

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Nolan Thiessen of Team Morris. Or Team Canada. Just not Team Koe. May 21st, 2014

The longtime lead for Team Kevin Koe is now a part of Team Morris, a rink that will debut the Team Canada spot at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier. I talked to Nolan about the unusual season that saw his team win a Grand Slam, go 2-5 at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, win a Tim Hortons Brier, stumble at the Worlds and then reconfigure for next season with John Morris stepping in as the skip.

Even if you weren’t called to join one of the top teams in the world during the shuffle season, you can look like maybe you should have been. Get great uniforms for your team from Runback curling apparel — go to Runback and Just Run It.

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Marc Kennedy and the new Team Kevin Koe. May 12th, 2014

The first lineup shuffle that became news was one that included 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Marc Kennedy. Marc talked about the new rink, how it came about, his former skip’s retirement and more.

If you’re like 99.9% of us, you can’t throw the rock like Marc. The good news? You can look like you have a clue on the ice with great uniforms from Runback curling apparel — go to Runback and Just Run It.

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Armin Harder, Head of High Performance at the Swiss Curling Association. April 28th, 2014

After a mostly successful year for Swiss teams at international events, I caught up with Armin Harder for a conversation about the state of the sport in his country and in Europe.

Even if you don’t curl like a Swiss champ, there’s no reason you shouldn’t look like you know what you’re doing on the ice. Get first-rate uniforms for your team with Runback curling apparel — go to Runback and Just Run It.

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Kaitlyn Lawes, playing Third for Team Canada at the Sochi Games. February 6th, 2014

She’s been on the ice since she was a five-year-old and in the spotlight since her days as a top junior skip. I talked to Kaitlyn back in December, shortly after her team had earned the right to be Team Canada at the Sochi Games.

Even if you don’t curl like an Olympian, there’s no reason you shouldn’t look like you really know what you’re doing. Give your team the trappings of the best with Runback curling apparel — go to Runback and find custom curling apparel for your squad. Just Run It.

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E.J. Harnden, part of Team Jacobs, er, Team Canada at the Sochi Games. January 9th, 2014

They’ve gone from the young upstarts known for their fitness to the young team known for their fitness and winning a ton of games. I talked to E.J. before the holidays about their win at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, their preparation for the games and their evolution as a team.

Even if you don’t curl like the best in the world, you can still look really good on the ice. Make your team look first-class with Runback curling apparel — go to Runback and find custom curling apparel for your rink. Just Run It.

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Marcel Rocque, Head Coach of Team China. January 9th, 2014

One-half of Huff-and-Puff on the Ferbey Four, Marcel now does double duty as the coach of both the Men’s and Women’s teams from China. He’ll be with them in Sochi and he shared some of what he’s brought to their preparation. You might be surprised to find out that one thing was throwing fewer rocks.

Make your team look pro on the ice — this week’s podcast is brought to you by Runback, custom curling apparel for teams of all levels. Just Run It.

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Rick Sawatsky, playing this week at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings with Team Morris. December 2nd, 2013

He was last in the Canadian Trials in 2005 with Pat Ryan at the helm. Now he’s back with John Morris in the rings and Ryan on the bench as a coach. Rick talks about how John came to join this rink in the off-season and shares his thoughts on playing in an event that has such an extraordinary collection of teams.

Looking to make your team look sharp on the ice this year? This week’s podcast is brought to you by Runback, custom curling apparel for teams of all levels. Just Run It.

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Mark Kean, skip of the team that’s ranked #11 in the world. November 8th, 2013

He skips a young Ontario team that works hard and has advanced #11 in the world. This week, they’re in Kitchener at the Road to the Roar, where they’re trying to get one of the last spots in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and keep their Olympic dreams alive. I spoke to him just a couple of days before that event got underway.

Looking to make your team look sharp on the ice this year? This week’s podcast is brought to you by Runback, custom curling apparel for teams of all levels. Just Run It.

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Top skip, new husband, calendar cover man. It’s Mike McEwen. October 24th, 2013

Team McEwen defines steady improvement and is now a favorite to win any event they’re in. Mike’s team is currently ranked #5 in the world, he’s recently married and he’s on the cover of the Men of Curling calendar. He’s also coming off a win against a very tough field at the CanadInns Prairie Classic.

Looking to make your team look sharp on the ice this year? This week’s podcast is brought to you by Runback, custom curling apparel for teams of all levels. Just Run It.

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Jon Mead of Team Stoughton. October 11th, 2013

His team is currently ranked #1 in the world and he’s in the pages of the Men of Curling calendar. He’s also 46 so he gets full credit for both achievements. Veteran Jon Mead joined us to talk about Team Stoughton’s season so far, the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and whatever else we thought might be interesting.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by Runback, custom curling apparel for teams of all levels. Just Run It.

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The loquacious, unfiltered Ben Hebert of Team Martin. September 24th, 2013

He has an Olympic gold medal, a new teammate and a love of the out turn. He’s also an astute observer of the game and offers some great insight into how the sport has evolved since his team’s march to gold in 2010. Ben and I also share our opinions on some off-season lineup changes.

We’re sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris but an e-book is in the works. Like us on Facebook and bookmark fittocurl.com so you’ll know when it’s available.

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Viktor Kjall from the 2013 Men’s World Champions. June 1st, 2013

He plays lead on Niklas Edin’s rink, the team that captured the 2013 Men’s World Championship in Victoria this past April. I talked to Viktor about the team’s week at the Worlds, how the selection process works in Sweden, the popularity of the sport is in his home country and more.

We’ve sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris but a second edition is in the works. Like us on Facebook and bookmark fittocurl.com so you’ll know when it’s available.

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George Karrys of The Curling News with an almost-end-of-season review. April 14th, 2013

With only a few major events left on the schedule this season, I talked to George Karrys about this past season.

We’ve sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris but a second edition is in the works. Like us on Facebook and bookmark fittocurl.com so you’ll know when it’s available.

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Bob Weeks as the Tim Hortons Brier gets underway. March 5th, 2013

Following Day Two of the Tim Hortons Brier, I talked to curling and golf scribe Bob Weeks about the event and the state of curling. Hear how our discussion about the favorites holds up as Tuesday gets underway. (Maybe not so well.)

Apologies in advance for the crackle on the phone line — it’s as annoying to me as it will be to you. I tried to reduce it as much as possible.

We’ve sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris but a second edition is in the works. Like us on Facebook and bookmark fittocurl.com so you’ll know when it’s available.

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Braeden Moskowy talks about winning the 2013 Sasktel Tankard and, yes, that ejection. February 5th, 2013

It’s been some time — for all kinds of reasons — but I’m back with another edition of The Curling Show. A bit of funkiness in the audio at the outset as my regular microphone was making life difficult and I had to switch to a backup one.

Braeden Moskowy, the third on Team Virtue — authors of a horrible World Curling Tour season but, now, owners of the green jackets of Saskatchewan — talked about the victory that sends his team to the Tim Hortons Brier and definitely discussed all that went on with the ejection from the game and the removal from the building of second Chris Schille.

In other news, we’ve sold out of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris but a second edition is in the works. Like us on Facebook and bookmark fittocurl.com so you’ll know when it’s available.

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Sherry Middaugh, leading a team that’s now #5 in the CTRS and #3 on the WCT Order of Merit. November 14th, 2012

Yes, it’s been a while since a podcast made it from the computer to this thing called the Internet. Turns out Hurricane Sandy wiping out power in New Jersey throws a podcaster’s schedule way off track. I recorded this interview with Sherry Middaugh back in October and it’s languished on the hard drive since then. A shame, since it’s a good one and I hope you’ll give it a listen.

I also hope you’ll consider attending the inaugural Camp Fit to Curl next spring. John Morris will be leading it from May 4-6, 2013, in Seattle. Find out more at fittocurl.com.

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Brad Jacobs, Northern Ontario’s Tim Hortons Brier regular. October 8th, 2012

Casual curling fans have seen Brad and his team repping Northern Ontario at the Tim Hortons Brier. Others know they’re a team looking to break through into the next level of elite teams. I talked to Brad about new player Ryan Fry and taking that next step up the ladder.

You know about the book — now try the camp. John Morris will be leading Camp Fit to Curl from May 4-6, 2013, in Seattle. Find out more about it at fittocurl.com.

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Brock Virtue. Will the best name in curling be a part of one of the best teams in curling? September 12th, 2012

Last year, he skipped a team that lost the Alberta final to Team Kevin Koe. And then announced that he would be leading a new team this season. Brock Virtue — no, it’s not a stage name — talks about that decision, his new lineup and more.

Don’t skip the gym now that the season is underway. Work out efficiently by following the programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris, available at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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TSN’s Vic Rauter talks curling. Before he went to London to talk race walking. August 3rd, 2012

Well, among other things he’s calling right now during the London Games. We talk a bit about the Summer Olympics mainly discuss the best sport in the IOC family — curling.

You can still feel better on the ice this fall if you start training ASAP. Work out efficiently by following the programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Mark Nichols on the move to Manitoba. July 2nd, 2012

After a one-year hiatus, Mark Nichols is returning to the game in 2012 as the lead on Team Stoughton. We talked to Mark about his decision to move to Manitoba, his need for something new and the what it’s going to be like to be throwing freezes instead of peels. Among other things.

It’s not too late to use the off-season to train for next year on the ice. Work out efficiently by following the programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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James Dryburgh talks about curling in Europe. May 29th, 2012

If curling has a Eurozone representative, it just might be James Dryburgh. The man who won titles in Scotland and Sweden before coaching in Denmark speaks about the state of the game in Europe, how Tommy Stjerne defeated his son Rasmus in 2011 and how a Scotsman figures out Swedish. Among other things, of course.

Into your off-season training yet? I hope so. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Scott Bailey of Team Epping after winning the Sun Life Players Championship. May 2nd, 2012

His team went into the last Capital One Grand Slam as the #8 seed. But they wound up beating 2012 World Champ Team Howard in the final. The longtime lead for Wayne Middaugh, now playing third for John Epping, talked about what a ridiculous sport curling can be.

Into your off-season training? I hope so. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Eve Muirhead of Scotland. March 20th, 2012

A few days before the Ford Women’s Worlds got underway in Lethbridge, I talked to young star Eve Muirhead as her team prepped in Calgary.

It’s definitely time to start planning that off-season training regimen. Pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop and make your summer pay off next winter.

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Richard Hart talks about this year’s Tim Hortons Brier and his first year of retirement. March 9th, 2012

Whether he’s playing or not, Richard Hart always offers great insight into the sport. So I caught up with him during this year’s Tim Hortons Brier.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your game, pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Dean Gemmell with John Morris. March 9th, 2012

So it turns out that when you’re part of a team that wins a national championship, people think you should be on your own podcast as a guest. So I am. Twice, in fact, for reasons that I explain. In this edition, my good friend JohnnyMo takes the mike as the guest host.

Remember that the off-season is nearly here. Train for your sport with a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Dean Gemmell with Gerry Geurts of CurlingZone. March 9th, 2012

So it turns out that when you’re part of a team that wins a national championship, people think you should be on your own podcast as a guest. So I am. Twice, in fact, for reasons that I explain. In this edition, my good friend Gerry Geurts takes the mike as the guest host.

Remember that the off-season is nearly here. Train for your sport with a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Heather Nedohin, 2012 Alberta Scotties champ. February 10th, 2012

She’s been oh-so-close for a lot of years but this season, Heather and her team got it done. Among other things, I talked to Heather about the challenges of balancing motherhood and high performance curling.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your game, pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Wayne Middaugh, after the last Capital One Grand Slam and just before the Dominion Tankard. February 3rd, 2012

He seems revitalized after replacing Richard Hart at third on Team Howard. We talked to the longtime skip about his new role, the team’s season and the week ahead at Ontario’s Dominion Tankard.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your game, pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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Jo-Ann Rizzo of Team Sherry Middaugh. January 19th, 2012

She plays third on the team that had about the best cash spiel season of any rink on the women’s circuit before finding themselves needing the Challenge Round to secure a spot in the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. But they are in the field at Kenora and a favorite. We talked to Jo-Ann about her team’s season, curling in Ontario and more.

If you’re feeling the effects of the curling season, you really should do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris at fittocurl.com or your favourite pro shop.

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John Morris talks about the season so far. And we announce the winner of our contest. January 13th, 2012

His team had a disappointing result at the TSN Casino Rama Skins Game but their up-and-down season has also seen them garner the first Canadian Olympic Trials spot. We talked to John about the team’s performance this year, got his thoughts on the 5-Rock Rule and drew the winner of our Lunch-and-Lesson contest. Among other things.

Don’t let those New Year’s resolutions get away from you — buy a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. You can get one at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Bruce Rainnie of CBC Sports just before the BDO Canadian Open. December 14th, 2011

Somehow another PEI resident — right after Brett Gallant — snuck onto the show. Bruce Rainnie, the voice of the Capital One Grand Slams, joined me for a conversation about what the 5-Rock Rule might mean at the BDO Canadian Open in Kingston, the CBC coverage of the game and more.

Make good on those New Year’s resolutions — get a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. You can buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Brett Gallant after winning the Challenge Casino de Charlevoix. December 7th, 2011

He skipped the team that won the 2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior title. Now PEI’s Brett Gallant has skipped his team to their first important win on the World Curling Tour. We talked to him a few days after the victory.

Remember to get the curler on your holiday gift list a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Braeden Moskowy, 2011 DEKALB Superspiel champion. December 1st, 2011

The 2011 Canadian Junior champion, still with Kirk Muyres at third but now with an all-Kidby front end, had been playing lots but not winning enough until his team ran the table in Morris. I talked to the always Tweeting Braeden a few days after his first win against the grown-ups.

Remember to get the curler on your holiday gift list a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Niklas Edin during the first Capital One Grand Slam of 2011-2012. November 15th, 2011

I caught up with the skip of the top Swedish men’s team, Niklas Edin, during the recent GP Car & Home World Cup of Curling in Sault Ste. Marie. Not exactly studio-quality audio but you’ll hear Niklas talk about Slam ice, the Swedish program and more.

Get an early start on holiday shopping for your favourite curler with a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Jamie King, 2011 Meyers Norris Penny Charity Classic champion. October 25th, 2011

After a fairly dismal start to the season, Jamie King skipped his team to a win in Medicine Hat. We caught up the veteran from Edmonton a few days after that victory.

Get an early start on holiday shopping for your favourite curler with a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Cathy Overton-Clapham after winning the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic. October 17th, 2011

All right, someone really needs to realize that curling events need shorter names. Nevertheless, it was a big win for Cathy O’s new rink and I had a conversation with her a few days after she beat Team Kleibrink — with Amy Nixon at skip — in the final.

Remember that if you want to feel better on the ice, sweep more effectively and make a few more shots, you need Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Chris Gardner, skip of the 2011 StuSells Toronto Tankard champs. October 13th, 2011

There were big events all over the map last weekend but in a field that featured Howard, Gushue and Epping, it was Chris Gardner’s rink that captured the StuSells Toronto Tankard at the High Park Club. Ergo, I invited Chris onto the podcast.

If you’re feeling the demands of the sport already, you definitely need Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Not Glenn. Not Russ. Scott Howard on The Curling Show. September 27th, 2011

Well, he’s the third Howard to be on the podcast and I imagine there will be more. Scott Howard, playing second for Ontario’s John Epping, beat his dad’s rink on the way to capturing the AMJ Van Lines Shorty Jenkins Classic in Brockville. I talked to Scott about his new team, playing against his father and more.

If your body isn’t too thrilled about throwing the first rocks of the season, you definitely need Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Brad Gushue reflects on 2010-11 and looks ahead with a new lineup. August 5th, 2011

With all the players from his 2006 gold medal rink now gone, I spoke to Brad about his new lineup, the failed Randy Ferbey experiment of last season and more.

Do something with the rest of the summer to get yourself ready for the fall — there’s a program that will help your game in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Jason Gunnlaugson reflects on a very strange season. July 20th, 2011

A little over a year ago, Jason, Justin Richter and Tyler Forrest were decamping to Russia to be hired guns for that country. A few months later, the whole thing came apart. While others covered the story at the time, I wanted to talk to Jason now that he’s had some time to look back on the whole experience. And an experience it was.

Even if you’re slathering on the sunscreen right now, curling season is just around the corner. There’s a program that will help your game in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Brendan Melnyk, lead on the 2011-12 edition of Team Ferbey. June 13th, 2011

After spending the last few years as part of Team Appleman, skipped by both Ted and Tom at various times, Brendan Melnyk will be throwing lead rocks for Team Ferbey next season. We spoke to Brendan about a number of topics, including the new team, the demise of Team Appleman, tree planting in western Canada and, curiously enough, some sort of dance with Wayne Middaugh.

A top front-end player like Brendan knows the value of fitness on the curling ice. So should you. There’s a program that will help your game in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Chad McMullan of Rocks & Rings. June 13th, 2011

If you played in the Manitoba Mixed in 1996, you remember him and three other 20-year-olds beating you. If you watch curling on television, well, you’ve seen him about a gazillion times in the commercials for the Capital One Rocks & Rings program. Whatever the case, he’s been deeply involved in curling as a player and a builder. Chad talks about the Rocks & Rings, corporate outings at curling clubs and more.

Summer is here — if not on the calendar, at least in my head — but now is the time to start training for the next curling season. There’s a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Ian Cunningham, Chief Marketing Officer of Capital One Bank Canada. May 20th, 2011

He’s the marketer who saw the value of curling and Capital One has been a great partner for our game ever since. Ian Cunningham was on the phone to talk about why his company likes what curling does for their brand, possible changes to the Capital One Grand Slams and his take on the top players in the sport.

Don’t forget that curling season is really just four months away — now is the time to train for it. There’s a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Richard Hart after retiring from Team Howard. April 28th, 2011

I talked to Rich a few days after he announced that family and work commitments were going to prevent him from continuing his run with Team Howard. It’s a frank and honest conversation with one of the game’s all-time great thirds.

With the warm weather upon us, it’s time to start training for next curling season. There’s a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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2011 World Champ Jon Mead. April 22nd, 2011

His return to Team Stoughton was capped by victory at the Ford Men’s World Championships in Regina. It’s been quite a season for Jon Mead and he joined us for a conversation a few days after the final major curling event of the season, the GP Car & Home Players Championship.

Now that the season is over, start training for next year. You’ll find lots of curling insight and a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Explaining the gap. April 17th, 2011

The usual schedule of podcasts has been a bit spotty as of late and there’s been quite a gap since the last interview with Steve Gould. (A great conversation, by the way, and one I enjoyed thoroughly.)

The problem isn’t a lack of enthusiasm. We have, however, faced a series of technical challenges as of late. Indeed, there were scheduled interviews with top players that had to be postponed since recording wasn’t happening. As always, I’m grateful for their understanding natures.

Since the entire staff of The Curling Show prefers generating content to wrestling with devices, getting things back to normal has been a bit challenging. But we should be back up and running shortly and posting new interviews.

Thanks to all who inquired about the lack of activity. The support of listeners is much appreciated.

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Steve Gould of Team Stoughton/Manitoba/Canada. March 17th, 2011

While Jeff Stoughton talked to Bob McCown on Prime Time Sports, I caught up with Steve Gould a few days after the final of the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Get the take of Jeff’s longtime lead on all kinds of topics, including possible changes to the Brier.

Now that the season is almost wrapped for most of us, start training for next year. You’ll find lots of curling insight and a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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TSN’s Bryan Mudryk during the Tim Hortons Brier. March 9th, 2011

Following yesterday’s morning draw at the Tim Hortons Brier, I talked to curling’s morning man. We discussed the event so far, TSN coverage and looked back on the Scotties as well.

Get ready for next curling season with a training program that will help improve your game. There is plenty of good curling insight and a program that’s right for you in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. Buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Kim Schneider of Team Holland/Saskatchewan/Canada. March 3rd, 2011

A couple of days after the big win in Charlottetown, her team still residing at the Howard home in Moncton while they tried to get flights home to Saskatchewan, I talked to new Team Canada third Kim Schneider. The win, getting ready to wear the red-and-white, the JJ-Cathy O drama were a few of the things we discussed.

Your own curling season is probably winding down — time to think about off-season training that will help you improve your game next year. If you need some motivation and a good plan, pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Jill Officer, less than two weeks before the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 11th, 2011

The long-time second in any Jennifer Jones lineup joined me to talk about the upcoming Scotties, playing against former teammate Cathy Overton-Clapham at that event and more.

It’s not too late to improve your fitness and help your curling game this season. Pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Rick Lang, a few days after the World Financial Group Continental Cup and just before the Ontario Scotties. January 26th, 2011

A few days after the drubbing of Team World by Team North America at the World Financial Group Continental Cup, we spoke to Rick Lang, the coach of the winning team. Rick is also the longtime coach of Team Krista McCarville, whose team is aiming for another Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts title this week in Thornhill.

Don’t forget that you’ll enjoy the game more if you train for it. That’s why you should pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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David Murdoch, post-World Financial Group Continental Cup and just before the TSN Casino-Rama Skins. January 22nd, 2011

After being a part of the trounced Team World at the Continental Cup, the talented and always affable David Murdoch joined me for a conversation as his Scottish rink prepped in Toronto for the TSN Casino-Rama Skins Game.

If your game isn’t what you’d like it to be, start training with Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Glenn Howard, a few days after the Swiss Chalet National. December 29th, 2010

It was a fairly productive December for Team Howard — a win at the Canada Cup with Wayne Middaugh at third and the semis at the Swiss Chalet National, the second Capital One Grand Slam of the season. A couple of days before Christmas, I talked to Glenn about playing with Wayne, the season so far and more.

If you made that New Year’s resolution to get in shape, don’t delay purchasing Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Arnold Asham of Asham Curling Supplies. December 20th, 2010

I interviewed Arnold back in November and the conversation was far-reaching — bonspiel formats, news of another curling movie that’s in the works, equipment, state of the game, a Canadian history lesson. And that’s just some of it.

Make a New Year’s resolution that will pay dividends on the ice by ordering Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Denni Neufeld at the Canada Cup in Medicine Hat. December 2nd, 2010

He plays lead on the hottest team on the Asham World Curling Tour — Team McEwen — and we spoke to him after his team beat Jeff Stoughton’s rink to move to 2-0. Denni talks about his team’s progress these last few years, their play in recent weeks, the decision on the eligibility of Team Gunnlaugson and more.

There’s still time to order Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for the favourite curlers on your holiday list — but you need to act quickly. The book is available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Leigh Armstrong from the Dominion Curling Club Championship. November 25th, 2010

She can be seen at Tour events playing lead for Team Sherry Middaugh but this week Leigh Armstrong is in Prince Edward Island at the Dominion Curling Club Championship. We talked to Leigh about this terrific event, the extensive support for curling by the Dominion Insurance Company and, for a few moments, about her own team and their Quarter-Final loss to Kirsten Wall at the Sun Life Classic last weekend.

Don’t forget to order copies of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for the favourite curlers on your holiday list. The book is available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Dragon’s Den contestant and curling entrepreneur Danny Trites. November 17th, 2010

Tonight at 8 PM Eastern, New Brunswick entrepreneur Danny Trites competes for venture capital cash on Dragon’s Den on CBC Television. We talked to Danny just a few hours before the episode aired.

Get a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for your favorite curler this holiday season. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Reid Carruthers of Team Stoughton. November 16th, 2010

If you haven’t been in western Canada this year, you saw Reid Carruthers new delivery for the first time during CBC’s coverage of the season’s first Capital One Grand Slam. I talked to Reid about modifying the way he throws, losing the final at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling and a few of the strange things that have happened to Team Stoughton during the 2010-2011 campaign.

Order a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for your favorite curler and be sure it arrives before the holidays. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Erin Flowers of Goldline Curling Supplies. November 11th, 2010

As part of what was going to be Equipment & Apparel Week — now, I’m afraid, turning into Equipment & Apparel Month— we invited Erin Flowers of Goldline to talk about the growth of the game, new products, the Capital One Grand Slam series and more.

Order a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for your favorite curler and be sure it arrives well before the holidays. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Chelsea Carey, a few days after winning the Manitoba Lotteries Women’s Grand Slam. November 1st, 2010

Chelsea’s team — Kristy Jenion, Kristen Foster, Lindsay Titheridge — beat Cathy Overton-Clapham’s new lineup in the final in Winnipeg. That means Team Carey not only grabbed the biggest chunk of change but also earned a spot in the Canada Cup. I’d say it counts as a breakthrough win.

Order a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris for your favorite curler and be sure it arrives well before the holidays. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Paul Lukas, espn.com columnist and founder of uniwatchblog.com. October 21st, 2010

No, it’s not a name that most curling fanatics will know. But anyone who is really interested in sport uniforms and aesthetics will. Paul Lukas covers that topic better than anyone and he featured curling apparel on his site uniwatchblog.com when Team Koe first donned their vintage duds a couple of seasons ago. What’s more, Paul curled for the first time last year in the House of Hearts charity spiel in Duluth, MN. Among other things, Paul gives us his observations on curling apparel and equipment. It’s a great outsider’s take on this side of the sport during a week when we focus on clothing and gear.

Still trying to play your way into shape? Here’s a better option: follow one of the many curling-specific fitness programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Scott Taylor of BalancePlus and, until this year, Team Howard. October 18th, 2010

He’s stepped back from coaching but he’s still very involved in our sport. Scott Taylor talked to us about equipment (including the new brush technology that Al Cameron wrote about and BalancePlus purchased), coaching Team Howard and the state of the game.

Remember that if you only exercise a few times a week, you can help your game by following one of the many programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Cathy-Overton Clapham, a couple of days before the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic begins in Calgary. October 7th, 2010

Her break with Team Jennifer Jones was the talk of the sport last spring. We had a conversation with Cathy just a couple of days before she was scheduled to start playing with a new lineup in an event that might see her play against her former teammates.

Feeling the effects of curling on your body as the season begins? Make curling-centric fitness a part of your routine by following one of the many programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Pat Simmons on Rider Nation day at The Curling Show. September 26th, 2010

Part Two of our Saskatchewan-centric day offers up a conversation with Pat Simmons that was recorded just a few days before his new lineup played its first event of the season, the Shoot Out in Edmonton. (They had a QF loss to a team that features former teammates Jeff Sharp and Chris Haichert.)

Are your muscles and joints telling you that curling is tough on the body? Follow one of the many curling-specific fitness programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Stefanie Lawton, now curling with Sherry Anderson at third. September 26th, 2010

It’s Part One of Rider Nation day here at The Curling Show, as we release two interviews we recorded over the last couple of weeks. Stefanie Lawton talked to us just prior to playing in Regina in her new team’s first event of the season, the Schmirler Curling Classic presented by Bank of America.

If you’re back on the ice and, well, feeling it, make curling-centric fitness a part of your routine by following one of the many programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.

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Mike McEwen, starting the season at #7 on the Order of Merit. September 13th, 2010

After 2009-10 campaign that would have been considered outstanding if not for a couple of big game losses, Mike McEwen talks about the season ahead and what it will take for his Manitoba rink to crack the code.

If you’re getting back on the ice, make curling-centric fitness a part of your routine by following one of the many programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com, at your favourite pro shop and at select Chapters and Coles stores throughout Canada.

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Don Bartlett, returning to the sport on the new Don Walchuk rink. August 6th, 2010

A cagey veteran and the guy who played lead for Kevin Martin through three decades, Don Bartlett is returning to Tour curling next season, playing on a Don Walchuk team that includes young talents Chris Schille and D.J. Kidby. We talked to Don about why he came back, his thoughts on his new rink and the emotions he felt as he watched Kevin Martin and his current team win gold in Vancouver.

Yes, it’s August and curling season is getting closer but there’s still time for off-season training — get yours started by following one of the many programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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John Epping, former second on Team Middaugh, is returning to skipping. July 19th, 2010

He’s skipped teams to Canadian Mixed and Ontario Junior Men’s titles but many fans know John Epping from his two-plus years playing second for Wayne Middaugh. But he’ll be in the rings again next year, leading a team that features Scott Bailey at third, Daryl Prebble at second and Trevor Wall at lead. I talked to John about playing with Team Middaugh and his plans for next season.

Don’t waste the off-season — get your training started with Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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Randy Ferbey of Team Fershue. May 10th, 2010

Before Jennifer Jones cut Cathy Overton-Clapham and Team Gunnlaugson headed for Russia, Randy Ferbey joining forces with Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols and Ryan Fry was the biggest story of this off-season. An Albertan playing with a team based in Newfoundland is still mighty interesting so we had a conversation with the quotable Randy last week.

Now is the time to train for the 2010-2011 season by following the programs in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com, at curling pro shops and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada. And on Saturday, May 15th at 2 PM, John will be signing copies of the book at the Chapters store at 66 Crowfoot Terrace NW in Calgary.

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Jason Gunnlaugson of Manitoba. Now possibly curling for Russia. April 28th, 2010

He loves the game like few others. To be a curler who can focus solely on improving his game, he’s willing to go to the ends of the earth. Or at least to Moscow.

We talked to Gunner a few hours after Gary Lawless reported in the Winnipeg Free Press that Jason, Justin Richter and Tyler Forrest are set to become three-fifths of a team supported by the Russian Curling Federation. Naturally, that’s the focus of our conversation.

Even if your curling won’t be supported by the Russians next year, the off-season is the time to get your training started with Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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Cheryl Bernard, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2010 Grey Power Players Champion. April 26th, 2010

It’s Monday Madness here at The Curling Show as we post two interviews in one day.

She skipped her rink to wins in Edmonton at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, in Dawson Creek at the Players Championship and came within an inch of gold at the Vancouver Games. She also appears in Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris and was kind enough to join us on the phone for a conversation last week. Cheryl talks about her team’s extraordinary year and what the future holds. She also weighs in on the news of the change in the lineup of Team Jennifer Jones.

Now that the off-season has arrived, get your training started with Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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Jon Mead, curling again with Jeff Stoughton. April 26th, 2010

A short time after the announcement that he would be joining forces with Jeff Stoughton again — and the morning after fellow Manitobans Jennifer Jones and Cathy Overton-Clapham made news — Jon Mead was on the phone for an interview. John discusses the appeal of curling out of Manitoba again, that game against Team Stoughton at the Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings and the Team Jennifer Jones shake-up. And in the Runback, you can hear Jon make jokes about Jim Armstrong’s current troubles that somehow sail directly over my head.

Don’t forget that now is the time to get your off-season training started — pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com, at curling pro shops and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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2010 Olympic Men’s Curling Gold Medalist John Morris. April 9th, 2010

He is, of course, the third on the Canadian men’s team that captured gold in Vancouver. Not to mention the author of that book — Fit to Curl — that you need to buy.

John talks about the Olympic experience, the buzz around curling right now, the future of the game, the now confirmed Ferbey-Gushue rumor and even Alex Ovechkin’s McDonald’s consumption in the Olympic Village.

Don’t forget that now is the time to get your off-season training started — pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. It’s available at fittocurl.com and at Chapters/Indigo/Coles throughout Canada.

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Kevin Koe the week after his team won the 2010 Tim Horton’s Brier. March 23rd, 2010

We talked to Kevin last Friday as he was adjusting to being a Tim Horton’s Brier champ and getting ready for the 2010 Worlds in Cortina, Italy. Kevin talks about the terrific final game, his last shot and the future of this rink.

If you’re having trouble with your iTunes podcast feed, I apologize. We’re working on a fix — the problems started after we upgraded the site to combat a virus. Things should get back to normal shortly.

Get your off-season training started — pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris? Buy it at fittocurl.com.

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Rick Patzke of the United States Curling Association, a few days after the Vancouver Games. March 5th, 2010

There was no shortage of controversy for U.S. curling when it cames to the recent Olympics, stemming from sub-par records for the American teams, lineup changes and extensive media coverage. As he drove to Kalamazoo for this week’s U.S. Nationals, I talked to USCA Chief Operating Officer Rick Patzke about the events and articles of the last month and the changes he sees coming in U.S. curling.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris? Buy it today at fittocurl.com.

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Bob Weeks, curling columnist for the Globe & Mail, from the Vancouver Games. February 20th, 2010

The guy who covers curling and golf — how great is that combination? — was on the phone for a conversation from Vancouver. Bob gives us his usual terrific insights on the event, the teams and the atmosphere.

If you’re in Vancouver for the Olympics, you can pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris at the Goldline booth at the Vancouver Curling Club. If you’re not, visit fittocurl.com to purchase a copy.

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Erin Carmody of PEI after the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 15th, 2010

I know it seems as though the entire curling world is focused on the Olympics but before the play got underway in Vancouver I wanted to talk to the last rock thrower on the team that came oh-so-close to capturing the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts title. Erin Carmody talked about the week in the Soo, the final game and her team. And my apologies to the McPhee sisters — somehow I forgot to mention them when I was discussing the top women’s teams from the Island.

If you’re in Vancouver for the Olympics, you can pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris at the Goldline booth at the Vancouver Curling Club. If you’re not, visit fittocurl.com to purchase a copy.

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Peter Corner shortly before the Ontario Tankard gets underway. January 28th, 2010

He was part of the team that most would consider the greatest of the 1990’s — Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh and Peter — but he’s also skipped the Ontario team in the 2000 Brier, been runner-up in that province the last two seasons and led his team to a record of 17-3 on the Ontario Curling Tour this year. Among other things, we talked about his veteran team’s limited schedule, his years with Russ Howard and his relatively short stint playing with Wayne Middaugh again a couple of years ago.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you don’t, head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one. It’s an interesting read that will help curlers of all levels sweep more effectively, make a few more shots and feel better on the ice.

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John Shuster, skip of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. January 21st, 2010

He was there in 2006 playing lead for Pete Fenson when the U.S. beat Great Britain’s David Murdoch in the bronze medal game. He’ll be back in 2010 skipping the U.S. team in Vancouver. I talked to John as he sat in the stands at the MTS Centre watching the action at the third Capital One Grand Slam of the season, the BDO Classic Canadian Open.

If you’re going to be in Winnipeg this weekend, you can pick up a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris at the Goldline booth at the MTS Centre during the Capital One Grand Slam. If you’re not going to be at the event, visit fittocurl.com to purchase a copy.

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Valerie Sweeting, skip of the surprise winners of the 2010 Alberta Scotties. January 13th, 2010

According to Todd Saelhof of The Calgary Sun and just about every other observer, they were in the group of the teams that were, “…rounding out the field.” While nobody expected this young team to finish on top, they beat, among others, Shannon Kleibrink, Cathy King and Crystal Webster to make it happen. This 22-year-old skip is the latest young player to emerge from a very tough province.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you don’t, head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one. It’s an interesting read that will help curlers of all levels sweep more effectively, make a few more shots and feel better on the ice.

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Bruce Rainnie of CBC Sports before the start of the Swiss Chalet National, the season’s second Capital One Grand Slam. January 6th, 2010

He’s been a part of CBC broadcasts of curling since 2003 and now calls the action for the Capital One Grand Slam series. Among other things, Bruce talks about his introduction to the game, stepping into his current role after the passing of the legendary Don Wittman and the differences between CBC and TSN coverage.

Bruce’s is also married to accomplished musician Kendra MacGillvray. I will get to work on a Kendra MacGillvray/Black Pudding mash-up post-haste.

If you’re going to be at the Capital One Grand Slam this weekend in Guelph, you can get a signed copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris. John will be doing a book signing at the Goldline booth on Friday, January 8th at 4:45 PM, shortly after Team Martin’s 1:30 game. If you’re not going to be at that event, visit fittocurl.com to purchase a copy and keep that New Year’s Resolution you made.

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Olympian Ben Hebert on The Curling Show. December 31st, 2009

A few days before Christmas and a short while after Team Martin won the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, I had a conversation with lead Ben Hebert. We discuss everything from the preparations for Vancouver to the dumping accusations in Edmonton.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you don’t, keep a New Year’s Resolution and head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one. It’s an interesting read that will help curlers of all levels sweep more effectively, make a few more shots and feel better on the ice.

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Wayne Middaugh a few days before the start of the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Edmonton. December 2nd, 2009

The very first guest on this podcast — way back in 2005 — grabbed just about the last spot into Canada’s Olympic Trials during the Pre-Trials in Prince George. But while they came through the “C” nobody in Edmonton will be taking this veteran lineup lightly. Wayne joined us for a conversation about his team, their chances at the Roar and more.

Would you like to get a signed copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you’re in Edmonton, stop into the lobby of the Coliseum Inn — adjacent to Rexall Place — before the start of each draw on December 7th and December 8th. We’ll be there for one before the games get started with books that have been signed by John Morris. If you’re not in Edmonton, head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one or find it in the best pro shops.

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Jason Gunnlaugson a few days after his team earned a spot in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. November 19th, 2009

The skip of the young team that got the last spot at the Pre-Trials in Prince George and turned it into a spot at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings joined us for a conversation about their successful week and what lies ahead. This is Jason’s second time on the podcast and, as you might expect if you’ve seen him curl, he brings refreshing honesty and has great knowledge of the game.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you don’t, head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one. It’s an interesting read that will help curlers of all levels sweep more effectively, make a few more shots and feel better on the ice.

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Sherri Singler of Team Lawton. November 12th, 2009

The second on one of the four women’s teams that has already qualified for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings talked to us during a week when 12 other teams were trying to get to Edmonton by qualifying in Prince George. Sherri discussed her team’s recent win in Saskatoon, playing in the Three Nations Cup and offers a few thoughts on the Road to the Roar.

Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris? If you don’t, head over to fittocurl.com to purchase one. It’s an interesting read that will help curlers of all levels sweep more effectively, make a few more shots and feel better on the ice.

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Richard Hart after winning the Grey Power World Cup of Curling. October 31st, 2009

A few days after Team Howard finished on top at the first Capital One Grand Slam of the season, we talked to Third Richard Hart about the event, the season so far and the impossibility of throwing the rock like Glenn Howard.

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Simon Struebin of Team Stoeckli. Now known as Team Switzerland. October 19th, 2009

Win the best-of-seven series that determines the Swiss Olympic side on October 14th. Travel to Toronto to compete in the Grey Power World Cup of Curling on October 19th. Block out rest of season for Olympic preparation. It’s been a busy few days for Simon Struebin but he still found time — even if it mean delaying a fondue dinner with family — for a conversation with The Curling Show.

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Do you have your copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game yet? Find out more at fittocurl.com. And if you’re going to be at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling, you can purchase a book at the Goldline booth and you’ll even have a chance to get it autographed — author John Morris will be signing copies at least once during the event.

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Ryan Fry & Jamie Korab after Team Gushue starts the season 22-1. October 5th, 2009

It’s the first time I’ve recorded an interview with two curlers at once. Since it was two guys who usually aren’t at a loss for words, there was plenty of material. Ryan and Jamie talk about Team Gushue’s fast start, the upcoming season, what it’s like to compete when your team is based in Newfoundland and more.

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And what’s that? You don’t have a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by John Morris with, ahem, Dean Gemmell? What are you waiting for? Avoid the holiday rush and get over to fittocurl.com.

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An early season conversation with Jeff Stoughton. September 21st, 2009

He’s a good bet to win any event he leads a team into and he’s the perennial favorite to represent Manitoba at the Tim Horton’s Brier. He’s Jeff Stoughton and he joined us for a conversation as the curling season starts to unfold.

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John Morris talks about preparing for the upcoming season and, yes, Fit to Curl. It’s his new book. September 8th, 2009

Ending a summer hiatus, we’re back with an interview with John Morris to start the season. And as I admit in the introduction, it’s a bit self-promotional since we discuss the book, Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game, that I helped write. But that’s not all we talk about — there’s plenty of dialogue about the season ahead and the way John and his teammates have prepared for it.

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George Karrys of The Curling News looks back and ahead. Not at the same time but at least in the same interview. July 23rd, 2009

The 1998 Olympic Silver Medalist who moved to the media bench offers his take on the past curling season and the importance of this upcoming Olympic year. Lots of good thoughts for people who follow the game and try to build it at the club level.

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Eugene Hritzuk, World Senior Men’s Curling Champion. June 24th, 2009

He’s spent a lot of time chasing dreams on ice — he tells us he started curling when he was 10. So it was nice to see Eugene Hritzuk get a big win last May — that’s right, May — at the World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Dunedin, New Zealand. That’s a long way for curling to take a guy from Saskatchewan. In this interview, you’ll also hear Eugene reveal for the first time what really happened on his last rock — remember that Pat Ryan had the hammer — in the 1988 Brier final.

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Dan Rafael, coach of the Chinese curling teams. Part Two. June 12th, 2009

Part Two of our interview with Dan Rafael features a discussion of World University Games eligibility, team practices, the role of the coach during time-outs and more.

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Dan Rafael, coach of the Chinese curling teams. Part One. June 4th, 2009

This is Part One of a two-part interview with Dan Rafael, the Canadian who has coached men’s and women’s teams from China since 2007. We discuss his role, the concern among some that Canadians should not coach international sides and more.

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Greg Stremlaw, CEO of the Canadian Curling Association. May 13th, 2009

We talked to Greg shortly after he took the job two seasons ago and we caught up with him again last week. Our conversation covered the Tim Horton’s Brier format, the 8 ends vs. 10 ends debate, the WCF-CCA relationship, Canada’s record at world events in 2009 and, yes, more.

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Scott Pfeifer after Team Ferbey wins the Grey Power Players Championship and grabs the last direct entry into the Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings. April 22nd, 2009

Who thought that, after three years, the last direct entry in the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials would come down to one game, one end and one shot? A day after Team Ferbey won their first Capital One Grand Slam in the last two years — and grabbed that last spot — we talked to Scott Pfeifer.

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John Benton of Team USA at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. April 9th, 2009

The team that will represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is in Moncton this week for the Ford World Men’s Championships. Lead John Benton joined us following the rink’s game against Finland to talk about the experience so far.

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David Murdoch, Scottish skip at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships. March 20th, 2009

He won a world Junior title while playing for James Dryburgh, skipped his team to a World title in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2008. And it’s already established that he’ll lead Great Britain at the Olympics. We talked to this full-time curler about the Scottish selection process, his training and more.

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American listeners: visit Universal Sports to learn more about the coverage of the Men’s and Women’s World Championships this network will provide.

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