Want to try curling? Well now is your chance. Throughout the week, the Utica Curling Club is offering instructions.
"It's like so many other sports that you don't play," said Mitch Rubinovich. "Wouldn't it be weird to ski jump? Most of us aren't gonna do that but everyone can come curl."
Back in February, the U.S. Men defeated Sweden to win America's first Olympic gold medal in curling, sparking a lot of interest locally.
"I heard the ad on the radio," said newby Brad Alcott. "I watched it in the Olympics and I said boy, that looks like a lot of fun. It's a lot harder than I thought I tell ya."
"I saw it on the Olympics," said Zane Sternberg. "It looked fun, I wanted to try it out I was really enthusiastic about it because I had gone to New York City and saw the curling team so that kind of inspired me to come down and try it."
Whats the hardest part about learning how to curl?
"How much weight you have to put behind the stone." "Just getting started. Being in the blocks, pushing off not falling on your face. And then they complicate things and give you a stone to throw."
If you're interested in trying it out, check out the information below:
The Utica Curling Club will be holding Try Curling clinics for anyone interested in learning how to curl. The clinics will be held Wednesday, October 10th, and Saturday October 13th from 4-8 p.m. and the cost is $10.
On Sunday, October 14th a Curling Class will be held from 10 am - 4 pm. The class includes a two hour learn to curl session, lunch, curling opportunities review and a four end bonspiel. The class fee is $30 and can be applied to curling club dues.
The Utica Curling Club is located at 8300 Clark Mills Road, Whitesboro. UCC provides all the needed equipment and no reservations or experience is necessary. The clinics are open to ages 6 and up but if under 18 years of age participants must have a legal guardian present. Since no outside shoes are allowed on the ice participants must bring a clean pair of athletic shoes. Warm loose fitting or flexible clothes are recommended.
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