Wednesday, February 19, 2014

David Attenborough Narrates Olympic Curling

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Sir David Attenborough is perhaps the world's most widely known television naturalist. His grandfatherly, pillow-soft voice is a combination of gravitas and grandfatherly wisdom, and his poise and tone have lent programs like Planet Earth the kind of heft that elevate such programs from Discovery Channel.

Well, in a moment of playfulness, the British Broadcasting Company engaged Attenborough to lend his voice to something far from the Amazon rain forest or the Gobi Desert: curling. As stock promo footage of luges and ice skaters plays in the foreground, the narrator pivots to the subject of his inquiry—an obscure Canadian ice sport.

"In all my years of exploration," the veritable voice of the natural world says, "these are the creatures I find most curious."

Attenborough goes on to describe curling in the language of a naturalist in a rut. Players inspecting their equipment are looking for insects and brush-wielding players show "nature at its most vulnerable." And it only gets better from there.
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