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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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