'Curling has become sexy': Kate Caithness

Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, shows off the Ice Cube in Sochi, Russia to World Curling...

Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, shows off the Ice Cube in Sochi, Russia to World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness (Daniel Parker, World Curling Federation).

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

VICTORIA — It was 1,141 days ago and 107 kilometres across the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver that Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud first wore his “fancy pants” and the first rocks were thrown at those lush green and vibrant blue rings at Olympics.

And Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation, gets the feeling Canadians, of all people, don’t really have complete comprehension about the wonder of what has happened since.

Canada is the world’s most conversant curling country and Caithness, while she could possibly produce a wee bit of an argument for her native Scotland, admits that. But when it comes to what’s happened to the game internationally, since Vancouver gave its greatest springboard to the world, Canadians have no earthly idea, she suggests.

“Curling is such a big sport here in Canada but I don’t think most people realize the global impact curling has had, especially since the Vancouver Olympics,” is how the woman who heads up the World Curling Federation puts it.

 


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