In the surest sign yet that curling has reached the big time, the stone-and-broom game has joined other Olympic endeavors with a nude calendar. We had the doping thing, now we have the calendar. The Ana Arce Team Sponsorship Calendar is being peddled during the Turin Olympics as curling makes its quadrennial appearance in the spotlight. The black-and white-pictures feature female curlers from Italy, Denmark, Spain, Britain, Poland, Germany, Austria and Canada, with a brief description of their athletic and sometimes academic achievements. Since the models are distinctly without their uniforms, the only sign of a curling connection is the stone used as a prop in the cover photo of Ana Toth, the Austrian skip who used to date U. The months are numbered , in Roman numerals, to make the calendar useful for curling buffs - er, fans - around the world who don't want to bother with translations. Strong but graceful, and of course very beautiful. Luge is far more popular than skeleton in Germany's Bavaria region - home to five-time Olympic luge medalist and three-time champion Georg Hackl. Added to that, Huber was the only one to crash in skeleton training Wednesday on the ultra-fast Cesana track.
Well, it IS slippery out there! Britain's Anna Sloan takes a tumble during curling semi-final
By Amanda Williams. With the eyes of the world watching, it was perhaps a less than graceful way for Britain to admit defeat in the curling semi-finals. The British women's team lost the semi-final round to Canada after a game which saw one of the athletes skid and take a tumble on the ice. Vice skip Anna Sloan slipped before moving to sweep a shot and skipper Eve Muirhead got a 'pick-up' off the ice and missed a simple takeout, allowing Canada to go up The young second in command suffered the untimely fall in the semi-finals against Canada. The GB women curlers lost The year-old ended up on her hands and knees after the tumble, while her team mate remains concentrated on the game. Muirhead then missed a hack-weight double takeout to allow Canada a steal in the second end. Jones' team went ahead and never looked back.
News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The team skipper is a catwalk model who posed half-naked and wrapped in a Scotland flag for a saucy calendar. Scott Andrews , 24, from Prestwick, has been curling since the age of eight. He throws second. David Murdoch , 35, from Lockerbie, is skip and throws fourth. Michael Goodfellow , 25, from Stirling is lead thrower. He was part of the UK team that won silver at the World Championships in and , and a bronze in
Sun-drenched cricketers and bare-chested footballers may have you hesitating to open the winter wardrobe but take heed: forecasters warn that it will not be only Sunderland fans who have a harsh winter ahead. Cold weather is not normally a cause for celebration but, with the Winter Olympics in Turin in February, Europe's ski resorts are looking forward to plenty of the white stuff. Many of the winter sports have already embarked on their competitive seasons and some of Britain's hopefuls have been waxing and waning. Alain Baxter, who took the slalom bronze in before losing it for failing a drug test, is one of Team GB's few genuine medal hopes for Turin, though he did not get beyond the first round when his season opened indoors in the Netherlands this weekend. Medals for Britain in Turin will be scarce but those who became overnight curling fans four years ago may be ready for a little brushing up on our team's preparations this time round.