Curlers can't wait for start

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- They call it the roaring game. But Kevin Martin says there's never been a roar before like the one they'll hear tonight.

"I can't wait for the roar of the crowd. I can't wait to walk in," he said of tonight's opening ceremony.

Martin is the only Canadian curler to have had the experience before, at Albertville in 1992 when curling was a demonstration sport, and at Salt Lake 2002 where he missed a gold medal by an inch on a draw to the four foot that was a hair heavy.

But to Canada's other curling Olympians, Martin says make sure you savour it, because this will be once-in-a-lifetime experience -- even if it's his third Olympics -- because there will only be one in Canada for this generation.

"Enjoy every aspect of the Olympics. Cherish it. Make sure you remember it."

So far so good for Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert as well as Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Bartel.

Canada's Olympic curlers, who were press-conferenced here Thursday, have already had their share of Olympic memories.

"It's just everybody in the village," said Bartel. "Twice already I've had breakfast at the same table in the cafeteria as Jari Kurri who I remember from the Edmonton Oilers.

"That was really special. Now that we're actually here I can stop dreaming. But it's still like a dream."

Skip Bernard laughed.

"I'm concerned all our team will be stalking the hockey team," she said.

Morris told the gathering that he once took an Olympic history course and his highlight so far was meeting Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge.

"That was pretty cool."

It's great being curlers at the Olympics. But it'll be even better when they're actually curling.

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