Olympic-level curlers are coming to Charlotte this weekend, part of the World Curling Federation’s “Olympic Celebration Tour.”
– Did you know Charlotte has a new, state-of-the-art curling center?
— Juan e boy (@juaneboy) January 16, 2015
– 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.
Laugh, but curling is serious stuff
Friendly reminder that Curling is an Olympic sport and Quidditch is not. — Proffessor Snape (@ProfSnapeSev) January 22, 2015
YOU PEOPLE CAN MOCK ME ALL YOU WANT BUT YOU SURE AS HELL CANNOT DEFLATE A CURLING STONE. — Joel Ingersoll (@FlyoverJoel) January 22, 2015
I’m in a curling bonspiel all weekend, or as my wife likes to say, I’ll be spending the weekend “doing drunken housework on ice”. — Chocolate Moose (@moose_chocolate) January 16, 2015
Random for the warm Carolinas, but we love sports diversity. Hurry hard! (That’s a curling cheer, btw.)
Photo: T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer