Author Archives: Nolan Thiessen

Author Archives: Nolan Thiessen

Thiessen Blog: Five-rock FGZ a positive change for curling

June 15, 2018

In September 2017, the World Curling Federation membership voted overwhelmingly to change the Free Guard Zone (FGZ) rule as of the 2018-19 season to the five-rock FGZ rule, a change from the four-rock rule that has been in place in Canada since 2002, and the rest of the WCF since 1993.

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Thiessen blog: How we got to Curling ABG (After BroomGate)

September 16, 2016

This past week, the World Curling Federation introduced numerous new sweeping and equipment rules during the World Curling Congress in Stockholm. This year’s congress was likely the most discussed Congress of the five held to date, after a year in which a massive sweeping conundrum hung over our sport.

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Team Canada aims to tell another winning story at Tim Hortons Brier

March 1, 2016

When was the last time you watched a sequel that matched the first movie for entertainment? When it doesn’t live up to your ideal of the first movie, does it take something away the opening act?

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Big-game tension goes hand in hand with baseball and curling

October 8, 2015

By Nolan Thiessen In our current social media age there is a tendency to overstate current events as “unprecedented” or “the best ever.” That said, I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that I can’t remember a time when the Blue Jays have captured the imagination of Canada quite like they have since their flurry of trades in late July. Canadian baseball fandom was never at the heights it is at today, even when the WAMCO Jays were destroying MLB in 1993.

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Tim Hortons Brier looming large on horizon

February 9, 2015

Ever get that feeling that you should be somewhere and you’re missing something major? I had that feeling last week as it was the first time in 10 years that I was not at the Alberta Men’s Provincials.

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Calgary serves up memorable Continental Cup experience

January 19, 2015

How do you break this team up? I mean, what good reason is there to not send us back out there for the next World Financial Group Continental Cup after the destruction that just took place in Calgary?

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Continental Cup offers unique experience for competitors

January 6, 2015

This week in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, the World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, gets underway.

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Tim Hortons Brier Tankard is a dream come true

December 23, 2014

During every Tim Hortons Brier final between the seventh and eighth ends, two RCMP officers bring the Brier Tankard out for everyone to see.

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Team Morris keeps focus positive after Canada Cup

December 11, 2014

Curling at this level is really hard and sometimes you get kicked in the guts.

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A potential Tim Hortons Brier preview in Camrose

December 2, 2014

The puck (rock?) drops Wednesday on the Home Hardware Canada Cup, presented by Merian Manufacturing, and as always it is going to be quite a week of curling.

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Team Morris keeping things positive!

November 6, 2014

The first weekend of competition is over for the new Team Morris and we were cautiously optimistic about our start.

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Team Canada gets back to work

September 30, 2014

Team Canada is ready to begin a big season, including trips to the 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup, the 2015 WFG Continental Cup and the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier.

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A peek behind the scenes of Team Canada

September 11, 2014

Fans who’ve enjoyed my writing for the past few years have commented that it feels like little peek into the inner workings of elite curling, a view behind the curtain, so to speak.

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Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings pushes teams to limit

November 27, 2013

The embarrassment of riches that is Canadian curling is staggering.

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The mental side of the Roar of the Rings

October 22, 2013

Preparing for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings goes well beyond the physical work, as blogger Nolan Thiessen tells us.

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