Spokane Puts Wrap On Another National Sports Event

Feb 16, 2020
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The national curling championships hosted by Eastern Washington University last week are now in the books. The event gave local officials a chance to prove Spokane can host high-profile events in yet another sport.

Spokane has an impressive track record when it comes to hosting regional and national level sporting events.

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Today on Inland Journal, we wade into the world of sports with two stories, one a visit to Cheney, where the U.S. Curling Association is holding its 2020 national championship. And correspondent Tom Banse tells us about the potential expansion of sports betting in Washington. We’ll also talk with Eastern Washington Democratic congressional candidate Chris Armitage.

But first, pregnant women and marijuana.

Curling Works To Elevate Its Profile In The U.S.

Feb 12, 2020
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On Saturday USA Curling will crown its men’s and women’s champions after a week of competition at Eastern Washington University.

The game is in growth mode. It’s flying high after an American team won Olympic gold in 2018. Its governing body hopes this newfound popularity will allow curling to become more established, long term, in the U.S.

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The best men’s and women’s curling teams in the U.S. are competing for national championships this week in Cheney, Washington. The sport features four-person teams sliding heavy rocks down a sheet of ice toward a target. It’s one of the most popular sports in Canada and it’s slowly gaining in popularity here in the States.