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Hollywood Curling’s Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel Hits Valencia July 4-6
Southern California’s largest curling tournament features international competitors, Olympic medal winners, a celebrity game and more.
(Valencia, Calif.) Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Most Southern Californians won’t be spending their Fourth of July weekends on ice. But from July 4 to 6, the coolest place to be will be Ice Station Valencia, as Hollywood Curling’s annual Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel brings curlers from around the world for a weekend of fun and competition.
Now in its 6th year, the Blockbuster Bonspiel (a traditional curling word for tournament) will feature 36 teams and 144 athletes from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as Switzerland. Competitors include five Olympic athletes , including four time Olympian and World Champion Debbie McCormick; Mike Harris, who won the silver medal for Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics and serves as a curling commentator for CBC Sports; and Patrick McDonald, a wheelchair curler who was skip of the American teams at the 2014 and 2010 Paralympic Games.
Spectators are free of charge and welcome for the whole event! The Blockbuster Bonspiel will welcome visitors throughout the tournament, with friendly volunteers on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of the game.
Blockbuster Bonspiel matches will begin at 8:30 AM each day, with games continuing late into the evening. The opening ceremony will be at 3:45 on Friday, July 4. The championship match begins at 12:30 PM on Sunday, July 6, with trophies and medals given out during the awards ceremony at 3 PM. All games will take place at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia.
In addition to the regular schedule, Hollywood Curling will host a very special Celebrity Chairty Curling Match to raise funds for local youth sports charity LA84. At 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 5, teams of Hollywood celebrities will be paired with Olympic and National level curlers for a fun exhibition match. This year’s celebrities feature Eden Riegel (All My Children, The Young and the Restless, American Pie); Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hot Shots),; Josh Randall (Ed, Scrubs, Greek, Criminal Minds); Francis Capra (Veronica Mars, Heroes); Gregory Jbara (Blue Bloods, American Dad, Big Miracle; Tony Award for Billy Elliott) ; Lloyd Eisler (Olympic and World Champion Figure Skater); Tickets to the Celebrity Game will be $5 general admission (free for kids under 3), and will be available first-come, first-serve at the Ice Station Valencia box office beginning at 6:30 PM. (Video of last year’s event can be viewed here.)
About Hollywood Curling
Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and junior summer camps. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac). For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.
About the sport of curling
The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes or brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters.
Vice President, Hollywood Curling
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President, Hollywood Curling