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Your personal crash course in curling

by Noah Frank, WTOP

LAUREL, Md. — Every four years, the world gathers to watch the Olympic Winter Games. And while sports such as figure skating and downhill skiing thrill audiences with displays of athleticism and risk-taking, one of the most popular sports is one played by groups of regular people pushing stones down sheets of ice. The sport is curling, one you can try for yourself right here in the D.C. area.

Every Saturday morning from October through mid-April, the small, unassuming building on the side of the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel hosts a Saturday Breakfast Extranvaganza. Those interested in learning about and trying the game can pay $20 for an hour’s instruction from Potomac Curling Club members, breakfast and a full, eight-end game, which lasts about two hours.

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Potomac Curling Club Open House

District Wire is a bilingual, bi-cultural news website that includes a weekly newscast produced in Washington, D.C. at American University’s Multimedia Production Center. On February 17th they checked out the sport of curling.

Curling Fever Sweeping Into Maryland

by Regina Ham, Capital News Service

Curling is one of the fast growing popular sport in the Winter Olympics. The Potomac Curling Club in Laurel gave curious fans a chance to check it out and try their hand at tossing some stones.

When Olympic fever hits late, try curling — but get ready to work

by Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post


So if you’ve ever wondered whether you can grow up to become an Olympian even if you’re already grown up, the answer is yes.


For adult Washingtonians hoping to follow a similar path to the Winter Olympics, there’s probably a smarter sport to pick. One possibility: curling.

The oldest athlete representing the United States at the 2014 Games is 45-year-old Ann Swisshelm, a curler. Four years ago, Canadian skip Kevin Martin — whom you may remember as a very bald 43-year-old — led his curling team to the gold. So age isn’t a limiting factor the way it is with many other Olympic events.

Even better, it’s totally doable in the D.C. area, points out Dominique Banville. She’s a board member with the Potomac Curling Club, which operates the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel, where people interested in learning more about the sport can drop by for an open house on Sunday. Several hundred people are expected.

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Curler for a day: My afternoon slipping, sliding and playing ‘chess on ice’

by Laken Litman, USA Today

My toes went numb as I slid across the ice.

If only someone would have told me to wear ski socks. Maybe even two pairs.

“I can tell you’re getting cold,” said Howard Griffin, my curling instructor for the day.

“No,” I said, lying as my teeth chattered. “I’m OK.”

Ready for another round.

A couple weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi began, the Potomac Curling Club invited me to give the unique sport a shot. It’s an unfamiliar and puzzling sport to many, but consistently one of the more popular ones to watch and discuss during the Games.

It’s one of those sports the casual viewer thinks they could pick up quickly, so I wanted to try.

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Curling 101

by Karin Caifa, CNN

It’s developed a cult following among Winter Olympic sports, but why? Karin Caifa hits the ice for Curling 101

Jill Sorenson Learns the Art of Curling

Comcast Sportsnet reporter Jill Sorenson learns about the art of curling in this 5 minute video report.

Why You Really Need to Start Watching Curling This Olympics

JustinLehmann, Buzzfeed community member

Eighteen reasons why you need to start watching curling now.

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Anne Arundel curlers enjoy the Olympics’ most social game

by Jake Linger, The Capital * Maryland Gazette

For Paige Roberts, becoming one of the 200 active members of Potomac Curling Club in Laurel three years ago led to friendships she never expected when she moved east from Colorado.

“Some of my best friends are curlers now,” the Annapolis woman said.

Roberts and her friends will attend curling “watch parties” as the Winter Olympics start Friday in Sochi, Russia.

“The Olympics are a big deal for us and we’re all really excited about it,” she said. “It’s so good for our club. We get so many new members.”

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Scott Smith Gets A Lesson In The Sport of Curling

WTTG Fox 5 reporter Scott Smith gets a lesson in the sport of curling in this 4 minute report.