A British Lookahead to the Olympics
Steve Cram, no stranger to the Olympic selection process, though I am not sure about his calendar appearances, has an entertaining article in the Guardian on curling.
He begins by looking back to the British curling victory in Salt Lake, and observes something it is hard to imagine:
Curling was briefly cool.The article then moves on to the top issues in curling in Britain today and they will be no surprise to our readers.
Number one is of course "the calendar". Number two is the British Olympic selection policy.
The calendar is a departure from tradition for the sport as is the selection policy. Britain has been represented at all previous games by the team ranked highest at the time of selection. Martin's squad got the nod last time in the women's event ahead of Jackie Lockhart's team who went on to become world champions later that year. Both skips knew their players' games in intricate detail which was a huge factor in their success but that sense of teamwork and inter-dependency has been discarded for 2006.Cram was an individual athlete himself, but understands the issue of the skip's knowledge of the team.
As Real Madrid might tell you, the best individuals do not always gel as a unit and the women's squad contains three potential skips where only one is required.Which hits on another issue, that of clashing egos not totally sorted out.
Cram finishes by bringing the two themes together.
Whoever loses out will probably feel aggrieved and an offer to appear in next year's calendar is unlikely to provide much consolation.Read the whole thing.