This week I have been lucky enough, due to the time difference between Japan and Canada to catch the Women’s Olympic “Curling” event. It’s great, because I usually wake up right at 6 a.m., so right about the time that I am getting around and having breakfast the games start. I have always enjoyed watching “curling”, but I haven’t had the opportunity to see that many matches. I think mostly because it’s not a very popular sport overall if you compare it with sports like, soccer, football or basketball, so it’s rarely on TV. This week however I have watched 3 matches, and since I live in Japan the national coverage of the “curling” events is mostly focusing on the Japanese team. It’s fine with me, because the Japanese women’s team has been doing pretty good, and it seems like the type of sport that is well suited to Japanese women, and by that I mean it’s seems to require, gentleness, accuracy, strategy, and last but not least team work.
If you are unfamiliar with “Curling” I will attempt to give you a short description of the game. “Curling” – is a game where a large disc called a stone is slid across the surface of the ice toward a target. It closely resembles shuffleboard. Each team attempts to get his or her stone closest to the center of the target or “button”. Like I said it may sound a little boring on paper, but when you are start watching it you quickly get sucked by the excitement of the game. A couple of the games were real nail bitters, and I couldn’t take my eyes of the TV, not even for a second. If you haven’t ever watched the sport I urge you to do so. I think you may like it.
Good Luck to the Japanese women’s “Curling” team. They are currently 4 / 7 against Denmark at the moment. I hope they can pull it off.