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.
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.
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.
JustinLehmann, Buzzfeed community member
Eighteen reasons why you need to start watching curling now.
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.”
WTTG Fox 5 reporter Scott Smith gets a lesson in the sport of curling in this 4 minute report.
by Michelle Basch, WTOP
Every four years, an odd-looking sport featured at the Winter Olympics gains new fans.
It’s called curling, and enthusiasts can play it here in the D.C. region.
“The object of the game is to slide a 38- to 44-pound hunk of granite with a handle on top down a sheet of ice, and get it into those bullseye-looking-thingies which are called the ‘house,’” according to Joe Rockenbach.