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Curling: The Olympic Sport In Our Backyard

A bonspiel, the house, sweeping, and throwing the stone. These are all terms in curling. It’s an Olympic sport that’s right here in our back yard and it might be easier than you think.

A bonspiel, the house, sweeping, and throwing the stone.

These are all terms in curling.

It’s an Olympic sport that’s right here in our back yard and it might be easier than you think.

"It’s actually a pretty simple game. There are four members of a team. The idea is to, like any other game, to outscore your opponents," said Utica Curling Club president Julie Chanatry

They do that by getting the stones closest to the button.  

A team gets one point for every stone that’s closer to the button than the other teams stones.

What about all that sweeping?

"The sweeping melts the ice just in front of the rock, microscopically, so the rock with travel straighter and travel further," said Chanatry.

Curling isn’t all about sweeping or throwing stones.

 "You've got to think about two shots ahead, so to speak.  People call it chess on ice. There’s so intriguing, so much strategy to think about it," said curler Jimmy Joseph.

The Utica curling clubs says that’s why a lot of their two hundred and eighty two members started curling to begin with.

The intrigue, challenge and the social aspect, which they say is what makes it for everyone.

"Every ability, every age.  We start about age five though. We don’t let the really little guys on the ice," said Chanatry.

The Utica curling club is the biggest curling club in the north east with six sheets of ice to curl on.

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