Thanks to all who made Olympic Weekend a big success. We met with 200 middle school students on Friday afternoon, and then taught curling to 15 guests on Friday afternoon, 30 guests on Friday evening, 25 juniors Saturday morning and 170 guests on Saturday afternoon. Then 40 more curlers came back on Sunday for the 4-draw microspiel!
Thanks to Darrell Ell from WCF and Viktor Kjäll from Sweden who were great sports through it all. Darrell is full of enthusiasm and optimism for curling. The World Curling Federation and the sport of curling is in good hands with him as Development Officer. Meanwhile, Viktor was an exceedingly good sport. Countless people asked him to pose for photos, answer questions, hold the medal, give advice, etc., and he stayed calm and positive the whole time. He even played a few ends each day. Viktor is a true champion.
Many Thanks to all of the ECC volunteers who taught, wrangled, tended bar, cleaned, and generally kept things on the rails. Cindy Martinez deserves a special nod because she wrote up all of the instructions for the open house and then played hostess to 170 visitors, keeping them calm through the (sometimes one hour long) wait for ice time. And she bussed tables, too. Thanks Cindy.
Congratulations to the teams who won medals in the microspiel. See their photos below. They provided some competitive spice to close out a fabulous Olympic Weekend.