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Fargo Hosts Olympic Curling Trials

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With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games approaching next February in Sochi, Russia, athletes everywhere have gold on the mind. And today, athletes from all over the country gathered at the Scheel's arena in Fargo for the Olympic curling trials and a chance to represent our country. Sending this stone down the ice takes a lot more than you might think.

Jared Zezel is trying to do what many imagine, but few are able to accomplish. Jared Zezel- Competing in Trials: "The competitive atmosphere got me." To be an Olympian. Zezel: "That would like the dream of anyone." A world class curler.

Beth Podoll- F-M Curling Club: "It would be just the best feeling ever, you would know that you were the best at that sport." Beth Podoll curls for the Fargo Moorhead Curling Club. Podoll: "It looks easy but there is a lot of strategy to it." David Dudish thought it looked easy.

David Dudish: "We knew nothing about it till we see this." Him and his wife came all the way from Texas to see their first curling game. Dudish: "Well, it appears, haha."

Like many others out there, they have no idea how the game is played.

Podoll: "Curling is a sport played on ice." Zezel: "There are four people on a team, there is four positions." Podoll: "The object of the game, it's a little bit like bocce ball, you want to get closest to the center." Zezel: "Each person throws two rocks." Podoll: "And the team that scores is the team that gets closet to the button."

Dudish: "You can see that these guys are trying really hard, and they have to have a lot of control over the stone." It's not just physical. Dudish: "It's very much a thinking person's game." Podoll: "They get to the point where they can really make any shot that they want to make, so it's gets to be more of a mind game."

They came to be Olympians. Podoll: "Curlers are just generally really nice people." And to be social. Zezel: "We are all friends out there; there are no enemies or anything like that." Even with the spirit of a competitor these curlers stick together. Zezel: "Everyone is chasing a dream." And some of these curlers will go on to represent our country in the 2014 Olympics.

Today was the first day of the trials, they run through November 16th.

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