Ten men’s teams and ten women’s teams competed in this year’s National Championships -- and a lot was on the line. Along with declaring the new national champions for USA Curling, the event determined who will represent the United States at the 2015 World Curling Championships (The 2015 Women's World Championship will take place March 14-22 in Sapporo, Japan, while the 2015 Ford World Men's Championship will be staged March 28-April 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia).
SPOILER ALERT: The podcast starts by revealing who emerged as the men's and women's national champions - and why one of the winning teams will not be representing the United States at the upcoming World Championships. Listen to learn more.
This week on the podcast, we go behind the scenes to learn some about what is involved in making an event like the National Championships a success. The episode features interviews with Rick Patzke, Interim-CEO of USA Curling, Shawn Oleson, the Chief Ice Technician for USA Curling, Rich Harmer, the head photographer (you can see some of his images at www.curlingpix.com) and more.
As a reminder, the Hit The Broom podcast is all about curling and the fan experience. We discuss current events in the world of curling and talk with the athletes, coaches, media experts and fans that know the sport best. If you missed anything, links to the past episodes are here: Episode 1. Episode 2. Episode 3. Episode 4. Episode 5.