Women's curling is sure to receive a lot more exposure this year, thanks to a new international calendar that features nude and scantily clad female curlers.
The calendar is the brainchild of Ana Arce, a photographer who skipped the Andorran women's team for three seasons before moving to Spain this year.
“I think it's going to change the image of the sport which is not so nice,” Arce, who also poses in the calendar, told The Canadian Press. “I've been playing for eight years and there are so many beautiful girls playing and nobody knows it.
“I doubt that anyone is going to be shocked and everybody's going to enjoy that and like it.”
All proceeds will be split between the teams of the curlers who pose in the calendar, called the Ana Arce Team Sponsorship Calendar 2006.
It's not the first time the idea of nudity and curling has hit the news. In April 2004, former world champion Colleen Jones lamented the problem of getting publicity for women's curling with plans to split the men's and women's championships into separate events.
“I think the women are going to have to curl naked in order to get people out there,” she said at the time. “I'm not kidding.
“You're going to have to hope for an Anna Kournikova to come along to really jazz it up.”
The calendar does just that for the sport, said Arce.
“This proves that curlers are athletes,” she said. “Strong but graceful, and of course very beautiful.”
Women's curling and sex appeal aren't usually synonymous, and won't be until they start following their beach volleyball counterparts. Considering how many of them are on the high side of 30, even 40, maybe they shouldn't.
Source: Globe and Mail