Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Thankfully, no Americans are involved....

This, from the CBC:

Women's curling will be getting more attention in the coming weeks, but not in a way that many expect.

A new international calendar features nude and scantily clad female curlers.

The idea came from Ana Arce, a photographer who skipped three seasons for the Andorran women but has since moved to Spain.

"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. ****LIE ****

"I doubt that anyone is going to be shocked and everybody's going to enjoy that and like it." Curlers who pose in the Ana Arce Team Sponsorship Calendar 2006 will divide the proceeds. Arce invited curlers she knew personally over the years, including Canadians Melanie Robillard of Ottawa and Lynsay Ryan of Kelowna, B.C.

Ryan, 21, is also the daughter of two-time world champion skip and 2006 Olympic hopeful Pat Ryan. Ryan, who attends McMaster University in Hamilton, posed in July in a see-through sarong in the forest of Fussen, Germany.

The 12 models that participated in the calendar represent curling teams from Denmark, Italy, Spain, England, Poland, Germany and Canada.

"Some of the girls showed a little bit more, like breasts, because they wanted to," Arce said of the black-white photos. "But it is very, very tasteful."

Other well-known Canadian female curlers didn't have a problem with the calendar but wouldn't participate.

"I couldn't, I'm too shy," said Jennifer Jones, the defending Scott Tournament of Hearts champion from Winnipeg. "It's very European. "If the right people want to do it I think it's kind of a fun idea and innovative and hopefully it will get curling some publicity."

The calendar will cost roughly $25 Cdn.

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