It has become somewhat of a cliché, but my memory of Sandra
Schmirler is of her on television, at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
It's about 1 in the morning, and even though it's a work night,
I'm up, watching a curling game half a world away. The apartment
is dark except for the brilliant white glow from the TV. If you
closed your eyes, you'd hear this:
"Hurry! HURRY! HURRY! HARD!!!"
Even now I'm not sure why it was so compelling to watch. The
men's games didn't interest me a bit, but when the women's team
played, you had no choice but to watch. And before you knew it,
it was 2:30 a.m., and there was that dread knowledge that come
morning, you'd be paying for it.
Atina Ford (Alt), Marcia Gudereit (lead), Joan McCusker (2nd),
Jan Betker (3rd), and Schmirler went on to win the first Olympic
gold medal for curling. Here they are.
I wonder what Sandra was thinking when the
picture was taken.
Saskatchewan Curling Centre
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