Sir David Attenborough narrates an Olympic curling competition (video)

Sir David Attenborough’s walks us through the Olympic “sport” of curling.  I googled this, and apparently it really is him.

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Curling is one of those Olympic “sports,” like synchonrized swimming, that it’s difficult not to put in scare-quotes.  I’m sure there’s an art and a science to it. Still, I don’t find it terribly Olympic.


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  • usagi

    Curling is one of those Olympic “sports,” like synchronized swimming, that it’s difficult not to put in scare-quotes.

    That’s because you’re a philistine sometimes, John. Curling is cold justice meted out 20 kilos of Scottish granite at a time. It’s the wrestling of the Winter Olympics. It’s also the one sport I’m missing by not watching the Olympics this year, despite the USA teams getting pasted and triggering a round of soul searching about the future of the sport at the competitive level in the US.
    Thinking about it, that may be why I like it so much. It’s not difficult to learn and still fun to play so long as you’re in a group that’s all at about the same level.

  • emjayay

    It was better when they used regular brooms instead of those Swifter things.

  • 2karmanot

    Tiddly Winks and pickup sticks could be challenging competition.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Well, yeah, I’m pretty sure the ancient Greeks weren’t playing petanque on frozen lakes :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Likely because they have the biggest hearts :)

  • FuzzyRabbit

    During the Torino winter Olympics a few years ago, somebody measured the heart beats of athletes in all the sports. The sweepers in curling had the highest heart rates.

  • Indigo

    I’m pretty sure very few of the sports in the modern Olympics have precedent in the ancient Olympics. I’m not an antiquities purist but it does seem to me the modern competitions have gone overboard. The IOC is far enough off from Olympian values that they might as well include card games like Bridge or Canasta.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I tried curling recently. If the test of an Olympic sport is whether it’s a lot harder than it looks, curling belongs in that number. I gained a big appreciation for the sport; it actually takes a lot of skill plus some hard work. And the key thing is that it’s not judged, which makes it much more of a sport than Ballroom Dancing on Ice or whatever they call that stuff that everyone likes.

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