GANGNEUNG – This is perhaps the most important weekend of the history of curling
This was the weekend when much of the world discovered the game that Canadians have known and worshiped for decades and decades. Last weekend, people like the United States, South Korea and Japan were passionate about curling. Viewers and live broadcasters plunged into the sport of gold and bronze medals. Considered obscure.
When John Shuster of the United States incredibly won the gold medal on Saturday, he may have been the best thing to do in curling, in terms of game growth.
The Biggest Market television and gold medals attract viewers.
Shuster and his American teammates started 2-4 and have won their last five games, beating Canada twice and defeating world number one Niklas Edin of Sweden
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Then South Korea, the Korean Kims who became such darlings in this proudly proud country, went to the gold medal game themselves.
Garlic Girls because of the region from which they come and they have certainly given a local flavor to these Olympics.
They beat Japan, the most hated rival of the country, during an epic semifinal on Friday night.
EunJung Kim and her teammates Kim lost the gold medal to Sweden's Anna Hasselborg on Sunday, but they won the hearts of Koreans with their silver medals.
Whenever Korea played, the full Gangneung Curling Center. They screamed for each shot, chanted "Daehan Minguk (meaning South Korea)" and waved Korean flags.
When the gold medal match ended 8-3 for Sweden, the fans got up and waved Kims came out to bow
This was a reminder for these rock stars and a magical moment
Curling is, it seems, become a rival of short track speed skating for Korean fans. they like the winners and Kims have provided success.
Their performance and the reaction of the fans were piquant.
Canadian Marc Kennedy, a frank and honest man who was the most outspoken curler of the Olympics. The results of these Games have been very positive for the sport as a whole
"The USA who made the final might be the best thing that has come to curling," said Kennedy after losing his Canadian team. the match for the bronze medal in Switzerland.
"The United States is the biggest There is more money, there would be more training and training … the sky is the limit."
At the present time, curling is a niche sport in the United States., Has played in North Dakota and Minnesota and Wisconsin, but almost nowhere else.
The growth potential is incredible. Hundreds of thousands of people faced off against the men's gold medal match on Saturday, but the success of the US curlers will draw some young people to the game.
In Korea, where the country's first curling track was built in 2006, the game became a hot topic, a sport that people were still trying to understand.
Imagine that. Just 13 years ago, this country did not even have a track record. curling
He now has an Olympic silver medal.This medal was the result of Korea 's spending money. money to form a team. The hope is that they will have many more teams to train in four years.
Japan, another potentially massive growth market, won the women's bronze medal.
You probably would not have been able to write a better script.
It was wonderful to watch the Sunday morning podium ceremony – that's right, the game for the Women's Gold Curling Medal was an important element on the last day of the Games Olympic Games – with three teams not wearing Canadian colors.
to see the same thing happen in men on Saturday.
But Canada will bounce back after missing the podium here. Fans will be listening to the Brier next week and the Women's World Championships after this one and Grand Slams.
Canada will be back in four years and will again be a gold medal candidate.
Korean peninsula, many more people in the world will care.
What's in a name? Silver and Gold
GANGNEUNG – His name means silver and his name means gold.
She wore money and her words were gold.
EunJung Kim was heartbroken, feeling the urge to come close to winning a gold medal at curling in her home country, but she still finds a way to smile and make to laugh people.
"Many people have made a joke to change my name to EunJung Kim because Eun means money. She said at a press conference after losing 8-3 to Sweden's Anna Hasselborg in the women's gold medal game at the Gangneung Curling Center. "Maybe I should change my name from EunJung Kim to Kim Kim because Kim means gold."
Kim and his teammates KyeongAe Kim, SeonYeong Kim and YeongMi Kim were the darlings of the Olympics in their home country. They brought a lot of new fans to curling.
Although they felt the love in the arena, they did not know how they were perceived across the country because they had closed their cell phones there are two weeks. "We were very grateful for the great support of the Korean crowd," said EunJung, adding that she hoped that the show that the game received here would make the game grow.
"We will our best to blaze the new trail. "