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Coronavirus causes Brad Gushue to press pause on curling, business ventures

The spring season is usually a very busy time for Canadian curling champion Brad Gushue, who would normally be juggling his packed on-ice schedule with work duties as an Orangetheory Fitness franchisee.Reigning Brier champion Brad Gushue, seen above in March, has seen his athletic and business ventures halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Curling has a number of difficulties to conquer before it can return

Before the pandemic hit, the last great Canadian sporting hurrah was one of the strongest editions of the Tim Hortons Brier in recent memory. Fans would pack Kingston’s Leon’s Centre for games and then jam “The Patch” party tent across the road afterward, often keeping the festivities going into the wee hours. It’s one of…

Curling looks ahead to next season despite challenges caused by pandemic

Bonspiel organizer Gerry Geurts, who operates the CurlingZone website that manages world rankings and team point systems, said next season's uncertainty poses a significant challenge.Team Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue looks on during a match against Quebec at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in March. Among other issues, Gushue believes the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 will…

COVID-19 already affecting next season’s curling events

As major sporting events around the world continue to be postponed or cancelled in the midst of the pandemic, the tentacles of COVID-19 are now starting to stretch into next year's curling season in Canada.Jennifer Jones, shown at left in this February 2020 file photo, won her first Shorty Jenkins Classic title at last year's…