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Forget the Panthers and Hornets. Charlotte is all about the curling.

The Story

Olympic-level curlers are coming to Charlotte this weekend, part of the World Curling Federation’s “Olympic Celebration Tour.”

The Facts

– Did you know Charlotte has a new, state-of-the-art curling center?

– Located off Sunset Road, the 12,000-square foot facility has locker rooms, a lounge and viewing area.

– This weekend, you can meet Olympic gold medalist Jamie Korab from Canada and former Team Canada member Abbie Darnley. There will be clinics where you can learn the sport.

Is curling the game with the brooms?

Yes. According to Wikipedia’s entry on curling: “Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game.” It goes on to call the game highly strategic.

culring-team-charlotte

Laugh, but curling is serious stuff 

C5’s Take

Random for the warm Carolinas, but we love sports diversity. Hurry hard! (That’s a curling cheer, btw.)

Photo: T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

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