Registration began innocently enough this day but early on it was evident that something was going to be different. Many athletes were entering under the team name of “Scottish National Root Curling Team”. These folks really caught the spirit. They were dressed in whatever Scottish garb they could muster and had unique warm-up exercises and chants. They dominated our 2003 games…mostly by sheer numbers. A very excited (but frozen) Laura Whiting of the Scottish National won the gold. A grad student at Cornell she declared, “Standing on the winner’s podium representing my country was the proudest moment of my life! I didn’t win for myself, I won for my people!” The team concept was officially born this day and in subsequent years we have seen the emergence of teams not only from countries but also from concepts…. only in Ithaca! Monica Crispin threw out the ceremonial first rutabaga and recited a great poem commemorating the event that she composed.