Author Archives: Peter Wildhaber

We have more “Five Elements of Curling Technique” Books for Sale now

We keep getting great reviews and comments on the Manual/Book we produced last year “The Five Elements of Curling Technique”. You can order this Manual directly from the Curling Academy.

One of our latest clients wrote the following:


I flew from Toronto to Calgary to get a copy of your book. I love it.
2 questions. One, do you have some recommendations for drills to teach the skills and techniques?
Second, are you doing any camps in the Northeast US or Canada this year?



Thank you to all our supporters for making use of this Manual

Curling Academy Olympic Season Begins

On June 10th 2013 the new curling season officially began for the Curling Academy. Director Rodger Schmidt traveled to Sochi to open the Russian Men’s Curling Training Season at the Russian Olympic Training Centre. This Camp – with 18 Athletes and 8 support staffers – will continue until June 26th and begins the final months of preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games in February.

2013 World Championship in Victoria – Russian Update

Our Curling Academy Director Rodger Schmidt is leading the Russian Men’s Curling Development Program at the 2013 World Curling Championship in Victoria Canada – March 28 to April 8. The Russians have been training since August 2012 at our Curling Academy in Kussnacht am Rigi and we are proud to have contributed to the Russian Men qualifying for this World Championship. It is the first time in history that a Russian Men’s Team has earned the right to play in a World Championship.

Playing against the top 12 Nations in the World has proved a monstrous task however for the Russian Men and it has taken 6 tries before we could earn a victory. Russian currently stands at 1 win and 5 losses following an early morning victory over Finland.

Clearly, it takes some time to adjust to an event like this – and this experience earned will be immeasurable to the future of the Russian Men Program as we continue to prepare for Sochi 2014.

In the first five experiences Russia did show that they are not so many miles away from being able to compete at this level. Perhaps only a kilometre or so! Game won was a loss to Switzerland – which the Swiss controlled very well following a Birthday Present 2 for Sven Michel (it really was his Birthday) in the fourth end. Game two vs Sweden was ruled by Russia and they missed a golden opportunity for an early competition victory being tied coming home with hammer.

Game three was a loss to Czech Republic – in a hard fought extra end – despite giving up a horrid 4 to the Czechs early in the game.

In game four Russia got a fortunate break to be leading 4- 2 with hammer in the fifth, but missed a routine take out to keep control of the game and allowed Denmark to take control of the second half of the contest.

Loss number five was delivered by China when Russia came short on an all important freeze in end 4 offering the Chinese to take control of the game with an easy 3.

And then Victory at last in Game 6 vs Finland.

This is the road to Sochi 2014, currently winding through Victoria.

Team Zug II (Freiburger) and Coach Jean Pierre Ruetsche in Swiss Championship Final Round

We at the Curling Academy want to congratulate Coach Jean Pierre, our leading Five Element of Technique Instructor, and his Zug II Team for qualifying for the Swiss Final. This Team has progressed consistently in their first year together under the guidance of Jean Pierre and the Academy. We wish Mario, Sven, Stephan and Rainer a successful week in Gstaad – February 16 – 23, 2013

Russia returns to Train at the Academy beginning February 14, 2013

The Russian National Men’s Program has been moving forward at a rapid pace since our Academy Director Rodger Schmidt has begun to work with the Russian Coaching staff. NOW – the focus is on preparing for the two 2013 World Championships. Both Men’s and Juniors will be training in Kussnacht am Rigi for the rest of this month.

Junior Men are preparing for the 2013 Sochi World Junior Championship which begins February 27, while the Mens Team is preparing for the 2012 World Mens Championship in Victoria Canada – the last World Championship before the 2014 Olympic Games – and the first time that that a Russian Men’s Team has qualified to participate in a World Men’s Championship ever.

International Team Training Programm at Kussnacht am Rigi


The Curling Academy Instructional Season will begin August 22, 2011 in Kussnacht am Rigi Curling Hall, with a number of International Team Training programs between 22 – 29 August. This is the third season that we have been running this very successful and well received program.

We can offer the following to Teams and Individuals between 22 August and 2 September:

  • Ice reservations available for training sessions and training games
  • Training games vs International Teams
  • Technical Sessions conducted by Academy Instructors Rodger Schmidt and/or Jean Pierre Ruetsche
  • Strategy, Tactical, Mental and Team System Sessions conducted by Academy Instructor Rodger Schmidt

23./24. Juli: Trainingscamp mit Österreich in Baden-Regio

Claudia Toth skippt das Team des öesterreichischen Mixed-Staatsmeisters.

Die Curling Academy organisiert für den aktuellen Österreichischen Mixed-Staatsmeister (Claudia Toth, Christian Roth, Andrea Höfler, Florian Huber) ein zweitägiges Trainingscamp zur Saisonvorbereitung in der Curlinghalle von Baden-Regio. Im Rahmen dieses Camps bieten wir Schweizer Elite- und ambitionierten Breitensportteams die Möglichkeit, gegen das von Claudia Toth geführte Team ein internationales Trainingsspiel auszutragen.

Ausbau der Kursangebote 2010/2011

Für die Saison 10/11 wird die Curling Academy die Präsenz in den von ihr betreuten Curlinghallen ausbauen. Wir bieten dazu Privatstunden, Teamtrainings und Kurse an, die auf dem Konzept der «Vier Pfeiler – Fünf Elemente» basieren. Dieses von der Curling Academy entwickelte Konzept hat sich auf allen Niveaus (vom blutigen Anfänger bis zum Spitzensportler) bewährt und bildet seit 2009 die Grundlage für die Curlingschulung in den USA. Rodger Schmidt und sein kleines Team von Curling-Pros, die mit der Methode durch und durch vertraut sind, werden die ganze Saison über zur Verfügung stehen, um Privatstunden zu geben oder Seminare und Workshops für Gruppen zu organisieren.  [download id=”3″]weiter…