Curling is a sport that has gained a lot of traction in recent years, and ahead of Olympic competition in Sochi, members of the Ocean State Curling Club demonstrated the sport Sunday at the Bank of America Skating Center in Providence.
"This particular Olympic cycle is very exciting. We have all kinds of demonstrations and learn-to-curls scheduled. So, it's a lot of fun," said Kathy Brady of the Ocean State Curling Club.
The Ocean State Curling Club is now 5 years old, so this is the second Winter Games featuring the sport since they've been around. In that time, they've grown, more than doubling their membership. The sport is fascinating. Each stone weighs 42 pounds, and first you throw, and then your teammates sweep the ice with the object of the game being to get your stone closest to the center ring or button.
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Shawn Brandt, of Lincoln, was at the rink and watched the demonstration.
"Looks like a lot of fun, good, friendly game," he said.
Karen Leopold, also of Lincoln, became interested in the sport during the last Winter Olympics.
"We sat up watched it couple of nights. We really got to like it, so we're glad it's back. So now we really want to go check it out and maybe give it a whirl, see if I can do it," Leopold said.
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