New Zealand's Hans Frauenlob aims the stone during a preliminary round curling match against the United States at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Morry Gash/AP/FILE
Newly crowned Team Canada show off their medals after their victory at the Canadian women's Olympic curling trials final in Edmonton, Alberta. The team consists of (left to right): Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, second Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Bartel. Dan Reidlhuber/Reuters
American Olympic curler Nicole Joraanstad was a member of the heavily hyped 2006 U.S. women's curling team, dubbed the Curl Girls. The Girls flopped to eighth place due to overconfidence and lack of preparation, two mistakes Joraanstad vows not to repeat in Vancouver. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Former national champion and current USA Olympic curling team coach Wally Henry and his daughter Debbie McCormick are seen at the Green Bay, Wis. Curling Club. Since becoming part of the Olympic program at the 1998 Nagano Games, sport organizers have worked hard to shed curling’s reputation as a game played at weekends by unfit men and women. Morry Gash/AP
Manitoba’s Jill Thurston releases a shot behind teammate Leslie Wilson during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championships in Sault Ste. Marie on Feb. 3. Mike Cassese/Reuters
Team Canada Skips Kevin Martin and Cheryl Bernard share a moment in Richmond, British Columbia, on Jan. 30. Andy Clark/Reuters
American Deb McCormick (bottom center) prepares to release a stone as her teammates Nicole Joraanstad (bottom left) and Natalie Nicholson look on during the women’s World Curling Championships against Canada in Gangneung, South Korea in March 2009. At top is Sweden's Anette Norberg and center is Italy's skip Diana Gaspari. Ahn Young-joon/AP
Canada's men’s curling team captain Kevin Martin (center) follows a shot against Switzerland as Marc Kennedy (left) and Ben Hebert sweep at the 2009 men's World Curling cCampionship in Moncton, New Brunswick. Maple Leaves will waving high and plenty at the Vancouver Olympic Center, as curling's popularity in Canada is second only to the country's more well-known pastime: hockey. Andrew Vaughan/ The Canadian Press/AP/File
Laura Hallisey of Medford, Mass., 'throws' a rock during practice before participating in the fifth draw at the USA Olympic Curling Trials in Broomfield, Colo., on Feb. 23, 2009. David Zalubowski/AP/File
The newly crowned Team Canada led by Kevin Martin (left), John Morris (second from left), Marc Kennedy (second from right), and Ben Hebert (right). Though developed by the Scots, the sport was perfected by the Canadians. Dan Reidlhuber/Reuters
While Ukraine is not a NATO member, alliance members in Eastern and Central Europe fear they could be Russia's next targets, prompting the 28-nation bloc to seek a robust response.
ByJulie Pace, AP White House Correspondent
Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.