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 Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sat 27 Nov 18:48

...at curling! Both the men`s and women`s teams won their respective finals against Sweden today.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Sat 27 Nov 19:21

Superb wee eck .. I`m in love with Eve Muirhead but probably a wee bit too auld for her :)

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: sintv  
Date:   Sat 27 Nov 19:47

And stuck away on BBC Scotland website with little fanfare
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sun 28 Nov 13:15

"Superb wee eck .. I`m in love with Eve Muirhead but probably a wee bit too auld for her :)"

The ladies team are known to practice at the Peak in Stirling - apparently Eve had the option of specialising in golf, but chose the ice curling.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Sun 28 Nov 13:45

With Scotland's rugby and football (men and women) squads all doing better than in recent years, Josh Taylor as undisputed world boxing champion, it's quite a good time for Scottish elite sport.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: desparado  
Date:   Mon 29 Nov 15:43

I think Scotland is probably the most successful sporting nation on earth per head of population.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Mon 29 Nov 20:59

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desparado, Mon 29 Nov 15:43

I think Scotland is probably the most successful sporting nation on earth per head of population.


That's a big claim!

For team sports, probably only in curling is Scotland in the top half-dozen. Rugby union is maybe next - hopefully we'll do well in the World Cup, but usually there are at least six teams better than us. Relatively few countries play each of these sports

And while there are always going to be individuals from any country who are the best in the world, I can't think of many Scottish sportsmen or sportswomen who currently or recently could claim that - Chris Hoy certainly, but others?

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: parsfan  
Date:   Mon 29 Nov 21:23

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Stanza, Mon 29 Nov 20:59

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desparado, Mon 29 Nov 15:43

I think Scotland is probably the most successful sporting nation on earth per head of population.


That's a big claim!

For team sports, probably only in curling is Scotland in the top half-dozen. Rugby union is maybe next - hopefully we'll do well in the World Cup, but usually there are at least six teams better than us. Relatively few countries play each of these sports

And while there are always going to be individuals from any country who are the best in the world, I can't think of many Scottish sportsmen or sportswomen who currently or recently could claim that - Chris Hoy certainly, but others?


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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: RhinoPars  
Date:   Mon 29 Nov 21:42

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Stanza, Mon 29 Nov 20:59

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desparado, Mon 29 Nov 15:43

I think Scotland is probably the most successful sporting nation on earth per head of population.


That's a big claim!

For team sports, probably only in curling is Scotland in the top half-dozen. Rugby union is maybe next - hopefully we'll do well in the World Cup, but usually there are at least six teams better than us. Relatively few countries play each of these sports

And while there are always going to be individuals from any country who are the best in the world, I can't think of many Scottish sportsmen or sportswomen who currently or recently could claim that - Chris Hoy certainly, but others?


I think we were once world champions in elephant polo
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Mon 29 Nov 21:52

Spot on, we have had loads of World Champions- Drew McIntyre, WWE World Champion wrestler, Tom Stoltman, World's Strongest Man. Ken Buchanan, Jim Watt, Benny Lynch, Josh Taylor, Shirley Robertson, Chris Hoy, Alan Wells, the Elaphant Polo Team, and that's just off the top of my head
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 07:56

Stephen Hendry and Jocky Wilson too, if we count them as sportsmen. I don`t think there`s any acknowledgment of Jocky anywhere in Kirkcaldy; even the Lister Bar no longer exists.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: desparado  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 11:24

I read a while back that we are certainly one of the most successful sporting nations.

Add in to the above we also have world record holders in round the world cycling both men and women’s records.

Plenty swimming champs over the years too, gold medals and a few world record times.

Our Olympians usually gather more than 10% of Team GB total.

Our football team tend to under achieve…..or do they?

For a nation of five million we have qualified for seven? WC finals , that would compare favourably with similar sized nations I think.

Domestically our teams have contested 7/8? European finals…..again better than similar sized nations …..

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 12:10

David Wilkie....swimming?
Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart.
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 16:15

"For team sports, probably only in curling is Scotland in the top half-dozen."

Curling is maybe not the best example if you are saying "on earth" since relatively few countries compete internationally, despite the game growing in popularity at grass roots level.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 19:19

Very few countries play Test Match cricket but I can`t imagine they`re too bothered about that when they win any of the various international competitions.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 19:28

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wee eck, Tue 30 Nov 19:19

Very few countries play Test Match cricket but I can`t imagine they`re too bothered about that when they win any of the various international competitions.


Yes, cricket is another dubious example.
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 30 Nov 21:04

Howzat vee ?

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 09:50

I`m stumped !!!

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 14:27

Curling is played more widely than might be imagined. The World Curling Federation has 66 member associations. Scotland are currently ranked 4th in Europe and 8th in the world. The countries ranked above them are Sweden, Switzerland, Korea, Russia, Canada, USA and Japan. China are 9th and Denmark 10th.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: desparado  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 18:49

Both the men and women’s teams beat Sweden in the final. So we are number one now…ok……🤓

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Bandy  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 21:24

`I think Scotland is probably the most successful sporting nation on earth per head of population.`

We do pretty well...but I think there are a few ahead of us...

Norway topped the Winter Olympic medal table not so long ago with a population smaller than ours. They have a pretty decent football team too, and the number 1 male Norwegian tennis player is ranked higher than Scotland`s number 1.The Ingebrigtsen`s are about the only Non-Africans able to compete at the highest level in middle distance running and Karsten Warholm just smashed one of the longest standing Athletics records of all time.

New Zealand have made it to the final of 3 of the last 4 cricket tournaments in the world, and are the current world test champions. They are also pretty decent at Rugby (both codes) as well as producing an NBA all star - something Scotland haven`t managed yet.

As I say, we don`t do badly, but I reckon those two are some distance ahead of us.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 22:06

There is a Greatest Sporting Nation per Capita cup if you believe in that sort of thing.Surprisingly Slovenia are leading this year after Norway won for the last 4 years. Only figures for the United Kingdom unfortunately

https://greatestsportingnation.com/content/slovenia-tops-capita-cup-table-after-october

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Wed 1 Dec 22:57

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parathletic, Wed 1 Dec 22:06

There is a Greatest Sporting Nation per Capita cup if you believe in that sort of thing.Surprisingly Slovenia are leading this year after Norway won for the last 4 years. Only figures for the United Kingdom unfortunately

https://greatestsportingnation.com/content/slovenia-tops-capita-cup-table-after-october


That`s interesting. GB are 29th. I would imagine Scotland would be a lot higher up the table if we weren`t lumbered with the rest of that feckless lot.
It takes a nation of millions to hold us back
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 08:25

Made me smile red-star

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 09:11

Hardly a surprise that Norway are a leading country in winter sports.
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 17:53

you piste vee ?

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 18:36

Going off piste as soon as I drum up the courage !!!
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 18:44

A slippery slope vee :-))

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Thu 2 Dec 21:40

Its all downhill from here!🤔😷🛷🎿
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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Thu 16 Dec 22:33

The women`s curling team have now qualified to represent GB at the Winter Olympics by winning a qualifying tournament in the Netherlands. They lost their first 2 round-robin matches then won 6 in a row to pip Japan and Korea.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Fri 17 Dec 11:43

"Its all downhill from here!"

Going downhill is the easy bit..........getting up there is another matter !!!

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 18 Feb 16:05

Now on track for two Olympic medals... representing GB of course.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Fri 18 Feb 16:32

Women in the Final

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 18 Feb 16:54

Another chance for you to drool over Eve Muirhead, Bpp, but you`ll have to stay up late or get up early - 1.05 am start on Sunday! I see the men`s final tomorrow has been delayed to 6.45 am to satisfy the TV companies.

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 Re: Scotland are European Champions...
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Fri 18 Feb 17:39

Ken wee eck :-)) .. would love both teams to win .. Here`s Hoping

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