PyeongChang Winter Olympics – Curling, Anyone?

In case you didn’t know, the 23rd Winter Olympics is officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And, yes, it’s spelled Pyeongchang when referred to the region, but the official title of this year’s Winter Olympics is PyeongChang with capital “C” to avoid confusion with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea — I’m not kidding.

Anyway, who doesn’t like the Olympics? Although it seems like not as many people are as enthusiastic about the Winter Olympics than the Summer Olympics — or maybe it’s just the people around me.  I get it. Aside from ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, and skiing, it’s hard to get into some of the sports that are showcased in the Winter Olympics — especially in the U.S. — if you’re not into winter sports or already familiar with them. One such sport that seems mystify everyone every four years is curling, which is known for its sliding stone/puck like thing and brooms that accompany it.

Instead of poo-pooing curling, this time around I decided to watch the mixed double games featuring the U.S. team against Sweden, only because I was intrigued by the mixed doubles U.S. team Becca and Matt Hamilton — a brother/sister duo from the great state of Wisconsin. Check out Matt Hamilton’s uncanny resemblance to Super Mario as pointed out on Twitter:

Since I had no idea what was going on half the time while watching the game, I was sucked into it because I wanted to figure it out. Surely it can’t be that hard, right?

So curling, as it turns out, is a lot like bocce for those who know what that is. If not, here’s a nifty curling 101 video by USA Today.

I have to say I thought I would be so bored watching two teams go at it with sweeping and sliding a massive shiny stone, but I ended up watching the entire thing. Apparently, Canada is super dominant in curling and has been since the inception of the official Olympics curling game, thanks to all the Scottish immigrants who settled over there (the art of curling was invented by the Scots). And it seems like they are continuing to make that case with their most recent win in the mixed doubles game. So to our friendly neighbors up north, congrats!

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