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John The Olympian: USA Curling

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It's an Olympic sport with it's own language and one that's sometimes forgotten. However, curling is growing fast and a very popular sport in our region.

In fact all 4 out of the 5 men's curlers on Team USA are from Minnesota. So could our John Trierweiler join them at the Olympics someday?

Curling is not as easy as it looks, the first step is getting your lunge down and using the power of your legs to get the stone down the ice.  

After you've mastered that, you also have to aim. A technique F-M Curling Club's Amelia Young, says is mastered in your release.

"So you're gonna slide out with the rock at ten o'clock and right before you go to let go is when you're gonna turn it," said Young. 

That turn right before the release should send the rock where you want it.

There's more to curling than just throwing, there's sweeping too. Where the language comes in the and workout begins. Creating friction on the ice, helping the stone get closer to the center of the house.

Even sometimes knocking your opponents rocks out of your way, a shot known as a takeout.

"You want to keep the advantage of the last stone or the hammer, so teams would do a takeout here and try to get this rock out of play as well as your yellow rock out of play," said Young.

A shot that Young says is also not as easy as it looks.

"It's harder than you think actually because you have to hit the rock in the right position to roll yours out of play as well as the rocks out of play," said Young.

However, after missing the takeout shot and having a failure of a lunge. Should the current Olympians even be concerned John may one day take their spot?

"Ya know if you put in a year's worth of practice and throw rocks like they do, they should be quite concerned," said Young.

If the Olympics have inspired you to learn curling. The F-M Curling Club is holding learn to curl lessons for $10. Tuesday, February 18th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 19th, Noon to 3:00 p.m.

The F-M Curling Club is located at 4300 23rd Ave. South in Fargo.   

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