Curling around the globe: Lake Tahoe Epic Curling’s Sidney to compete for Israel at world championships
A local curler is heading to Switzerland to showcase his talent on the global stage. Larry Sidney, who curls with Lake Tahoe Epic Curling in South Lake Tahoe, will compete for Israel in the World Mixed Curling Championships Sept. 12-19 in Bern.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to represent Israel in these championships,” Sidney said. “Win or lose, I will strive to represent Israel in the best possible way as a member of this team.”
Sidney is one of four North American curlers selected for the Israeli national team from its tryout in Minnesota. The other curlers hail from Detroit and Toronto, making up the squad that will compete in the 36-team field.
The Israeli team was placed in Group B with Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Spain and Wales. If it finishes in the top three of the group, elimination play begins Friday, Sept. 19, with the championship the following day.
This is Sidney’s second competition as a member of the Israeli Curling Federation. In January, he competed in Quebec City, Canada at the World Masters Games.
“That was a great experience and the competition was very good,” Sidney said. “This time we will be competing against the best curlers in the world, male and female. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge.”
In addition to curling, Sidney will race skeleton for the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Israel this winter. It’s his fourth season sliding, but his first in international competition.