As curling has gained Olympic popularity, so has the tale of the origin of its 44-pound stones.
Every four years, some columnist, somewhere, mentions the uninhabited volcanic Scottish isle of Ailsa Craig and its unique blue hone granite. A majority of the world’s curling stones come from Ailsa Craig.
Well, now that island can be yours for a reported $2.4 million. It’s actually a steal. The original listed price for the 220 acres was $4 million.
Aisla Craig was first put up for sale two years ago, but the news gained steam with a New York Times story Sunday.
“It’s going to go out of the family,” the owner, Scottish peer Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, told the newspaper. “But I think of it this way: It’s not going anywhere. It’s always going to be there, and it really doesn’t matter who owns it.”
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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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