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Local curlers say Olympic sport like ‘high-tech checkers

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.

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Dianna Russini Tries Curling

News4’s Dianna Russini attempted curling — an Olympic sport often at the butt of jokes, but found it’s surprisingly difficult to play and is a pretty good workout!

Most fun you can have with a broom: Olympics bring curling back to forefront

by Zac Boyer, The Washington Times

Having run with the bulls in Spain the previous summer, Linda Kirkman decided the next thing to cross off her bucket list would be to try curling.

Kirkman and her husband, Russ, had been intrigued by the sport since they first watched it years ago during the Olympics. Seeking a competitive athletic endeavor, she tried playing basketball and softball, but wasn’t good enough at either of them to last. They tried playing pool, but games dragged on forever.

“I think both of us thought, ‘OK, we’re just going to go try it and see,’ and I know he really thought that like with bowling, I’d be like, ‘Screw it. This doesn’t work,’” Linda Kirkman said. “With this, we saw that the more you played, you’d get better, but that everybody goofs up.

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Winter Olympics helps draw newcomers to Laurel-based club

By David Driver, The Baltimore Sun

Dominique Banville was on the ice at the National Capital Curling Center, and she shouted encouragement to three young women who were new to the sport of curling.

“Hips back! Push! Go! Sweep it hard!” Banville shouted Saturday night at The Gardens Ice House in West Laurel.

On a night when many of their peers may be at the movies or trying to stay warm, several 20-somethings and others tried their hand at curling for the first time with the Potomac Curling Club at their home base at the National Capital Curling Center, located at The Gardens Ice House off Old Gunpowder Road.

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98 Rock DJs Learn About Curling

PCC Board Member Joe Rockenbach explains the nuances of curling to 98 Rock DJs in this 11+ minute radio interview.


Try Curling at Maryland Curling Clubs

by Heidi Schmidt, Chesapeake Inspired: Celebrating the Culture of the Chesapeake Bay

In 2010, the Norwegian Curling team made waves with their eclectic pants, bringing curling to the forefront of that year’s Winter Olympic Games. While curling has only been played in five Olympic games, the sport has quickly gained attention and is again part of the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia — this time starting with 10 teams in a round-robin style Bonspiel (the curling term for a tournament).

Two curling clubs in the greater Annapolis area play in tournaments and host events for the public. Both Chesapeake Curling Club (, based in Easton, and the Potomac Curling Club (, based in Laurel, host a variety of bonspiels for juniors and adults as well as Learn to Curl classes or open houses.

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Curling Stories, Three Versions

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Curling club opens doors to public

by Rick Kozlowski, The Journal, Sports Editor

The first thing one encounters upon entering the Potomac Curling Club is a pair of brooms.

Not quite ancient relics of a sport that dates to 1541 in Scotland, and 1832 in the United States, but more symbolic of the roots of curling.

The brooms are vital to a winter sport that bears similarities to shuffleboard or bocci, or, as the curling world likes to say, “chess on ice.”

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A different kind of sweeping

by Rick Kozlowski, The Journal, Sports Editor

Maybe there is a reason why the starting point of a curling sheet is called a “hack.”

I fit the bill as a hack during a rookie effort in the sport.

Part of media day at the Potomac Curling Club included trying a sport that can rivet one to the television screen every four years during the Winter Olympics, all the while attempting to figure out why viewing the sport is so captivating.

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7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling

by Tamara Keith, NPR

Most of the sports in the Winter Olympics involve great physical strength or agility. The goals are easy to understand: to go faster, to jump farther or more spectacularly. But one Olympic sport — curling — is as much about strategy and physics as physicality.

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