I posted a couple of these on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and at the time I was going to post them here after I’d made a bunch during and following the pending World Championships. Well, it should come as a surprise to nobody that the World Championships were canceled, so I ended up being a little short on images, especially for the U.S. curlers. I’m also finding that non-Canadian curling news is hard to come by, and I’ll get into that in a bit.
So the general idea was to make a Goudey-esque custom card featuring top curlers of the 2019-20 season, plus some favorites. It’s still officially a work in progress, but things have definitely slowed a lot.
When it comes to international competition, I often root for Sweden, even though I’ve not a drop of Swedish blood in my veins. It mostly comes from the Winter Olympics, where I’ve always enjoyed the Swedish style of hockey, and now it’s spread into curling… I’m not a huge fan of Niklas Edin’s team, but they’re up there in my personal rankings. Team Edin won the 2019 European Curling Championship this past December.
Same is true for Anna Hasselborg; I have to say, the the finals of the Women’s European Championship was fun to watch.
I think the last major event of the 2019-20 season was the Tim Horton’s Brier (the Men’s Canadian championship). Team Brad Gushue walked away with the cup for the third time.
On the women’s side, Team Kerri Einarson won the Scotties. I didn’t know a lot about Einarson going into this season, so I don’t have much else to say…
John Shuster is probably the closest there currently is to a household name in the US, thanks to his team’s Olympic Gold Medal in 2018. Team Shuster won the US Men’s Championship in February.
Tabitha Peterson, who took over as skip when Nina Roth went out on maternity leave, won the US Women’s Championship.
In poking around on my usual curling websites (all Canadian), I found out that Chelsea Carey, whose team won the Scotties in 2019, is now a free agent as her team has disbanded.
And on the American side, three-time US championship winning skip Jamie Sinclair is also a free agent, after her team dissolved… but because I don’t know of any good US Curling news sources, I don’t know what happened.
I’m intrigued because Jamie tweeted out “Good luck to Team Christensen next season”, which implies that Cory Christensen left Team Sinclair to form her own team again. If it were just her, though, Team Sinclair could continue. Did they all go their own separate ways? Is Team Christensen basically Team Sinclair without Jamie? I’ve been trying all morning to find out, but had no luck.
BTW, if anybody knows a good website or Twitter account I could use to keep up on USA Curling news, I’d appreciate it if you’d tip me off in the comments!
As for these customs… I may have another small batch coming. If you have any requests, I’m all ears (conditional, of course, on my being able to find decent images of the curler in question).