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Curling debuts as Olympic demo sport in 1988

Curling is well known as a sport where off-ice sipping comes second only to on-ice sweeping. But with the game's entry into the 1988 Winter Olympics as a demonstration event, it's time for curling to change its image, says the Canadian Curling Association. If curlers want an invitation to Olympic trials, they're going to have to shape up and act like Olympic athletes. But as Nancy Lee reports for CBC Radio in 1987, that directive isn't popular with champion skip Ed Werenich. He argues that precision and strategy are far more important for success in curling than physical fitness
• Curling was a men-only medal event at the first Winter Games in Chamonix, France, in 1924. England, Sweden and France were the only countries to field teams; England won. In 1932 the game was included as a demonstration sport, but it then dropped out of the Games for 66 years.
• In 1982 the International Curling Federation (later the World Curling Federation) began lobbying the International Olympic Committee to make curling an Olympic sport. It was a demonstration sport in 1988 and 1992, had no presence at the 1994 Games and became an official medal sport in 1998.

• Canada's women's rink, skipped by Sandra Schmirler, won gold at the 1998 Games. Under skip Brad Gushue, the Canadian men's team won gold for the first time in 2006. 

Medium: Radio
Program: The Inside Track
Broadcast Date: April 12, 1987
Guest(s): Ray Kingsmith, Ed Werenich
Reporter: Nancy Lee
Duration: 7:33
Photo: Photo of Ed Werenich: Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

Last updated: February 15, 2012

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