Curling blossomed at the Salt Lake 2002 Games, becoming one of the hippest events to see, whether you were one of the 2,000 spectators at the Ice Sheet at Ogden or one of the 5.6 million watching from the United Kingdom. The sport transcended the simple act of pushing 44-pound stones toward a target; it was a party in the stands for new curling fans and a true nail-biter for anyone with anything at stake.
At Salt Lake 2002, a group of Scottish women became instant celebrities when they led Great Britain to the victory over Switzerland. In the men’s tournament, Norway just eked by Canada for the gold. “The difference between disaster and success is very, very small,” said Peja Lindholm of Sweden during the Salt Lake 2002 competition. “You have to be humble.”