Inside Curling with Kevin Martin & Warren Hansen

Curling Hall of Famers Kevin Martin and Warren Hansen talk everything curling with host Jim Jerome. No show brings you more expertise, insight, and knowledge about curling’s past, present and future.

Recent Episodes
Drawing Gen Z ft. Abby Deschene
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 10, 2021
Drawing Gen Z ft. Abby Deschene

We kick off this week's episode discussing the latest inductees into the World Curling Federation's Hall of Fame and Warren provides a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process. Curling Canada has had a couple interesting departures from their board that raised some red flags with our guys. Kevin and Warren also offer their perspective on tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to not take part in press conferences due to mental health issues and how this can lead to discussions across all sports about the relationship between athletes and the media. 

Abby Deschene is a rising star from Sudbury and part of the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s new Youth Advisory Committee. Deschene joins the show to chat about her role as well as her concerns with Curling Canada's under-20 championships, ways to recruit newcomers, rebranding the image of the sport to appeal to Gen Z, remodelling junior programs, and more. 

This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed and sounded designed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional sound engineering by Amil Delic.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jun 3, 2021
Canada’s Coaching Conundrum ft. Wayne Middaugh

Are other countries improving on the world stage because they’re hiring Canadian coaches? Kevin and Warren weigh in on the hot topic as some curling fans believe it shouldn’t happen. We’ve also finally made it to the end of the curling season with the conclusion of the USA Curling national championships, the guys share their closing thoughts and offer insight into the summer routine for curlers.  

Three-time world champion Wayne Middaugh is this week’s guest to chat about his remarkable return to the Brier, why he really liked this year’s format, the strategy behind his aggressive style of skipping, his way of putting aside bad performances, plus fitting in as coach of Sweden’s Team Hasselborg. Middaugh also answers some questions from our listeners and shares his funniest story from his playing days. 

This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed and sounded designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Andrew Holland.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 27, 2021
Room for Improvement ft. Phill Drobnick

The world mixed doubles championship has come to a close, Kevin and Warren share their final thoughts including takeaways from Canada’s performance and the potential for growth of the sport on tour. The guys also address the buzz on our Facebook group about the need for Tier 2 development and getting younger teams into major tournaments. 

Phill Drobnick, the head of the U.S. men’s and mixed doubles programs, joins the show to discuss how he got involved in coaching, helping John Shuster’s team pull off the “Mira-curl on Ice” to win Olympic gold and how top teams are formed differently in America than in Canada. Drobnick also talks about their new under-25 program plus the youth movement taking shape at the ongoing U.S. national championships. 

This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen, and Jim Jerome. Additional editing by Andrew Holland.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 19, 2021
All Mixed Up ft. Brad Gushue 

This episode is dedicated to the friends and family of the late Barry Fry.

The world mixed doubles championship is now underway in Scotland and Kevin and Warren share their first impressions of the tournament including Canada’s thrilling come-from-behind win over Spain to start. 

Team Canada’s Brad Gushue joins the show to chat about competing in the world mixed doubles, learning on the fly with Kerri Einarson and how much they rely on coach Scott Pfeifer for advice. Gushue also discusses potential rule changes to make mixed doubles more balanced between the male and female player, how hard the sport is on his body and how difficult it is not having family and fan support in the crowds this year. 

This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Amil Delic, mixed and sounded designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Andrew Holland.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 13, 2021
Bubble Wrap-up ft. Silvana Tirinzoni

The curling bubble has come to an end with the conclusion of the women’s worlds. Kevin and Warren share their final thoughts including how concerned should Curling Canada be with missing the podium and if all the governing bodies of the sport should follow the same tiebreaker procedure. The Facebook group has been buzzing and Kevin and Warren also weigh in on the latest hot topics such as banning players from sweeping an opponent’s stone behind the tee line. 

Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni joins the show (26:00) to discuss how it started at age 10 jotting down goals in a notebook to how it’s going after winning her second straight world championship. Tirinzoni also chats about how Switzerland became the dominant country in the women’s worlds, the uncommon structure of playing third and skipping with Alina Paetz throwing last, the importance of practicing draws to the button, scoring the first eight-ender in the history of the world women’s curling championship and more. 

This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Amil Delic, mixed and sounded designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen, and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Andrew Holland.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.