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Curling 101: Going for the Gold

Curling is one of the more obscure, but wildly popular winter Olympic sports.

Everyone knows bobsled, you could say the same about snowboarding.

But curling is one of the more obscure, but wildly popular winter Olympic sports.

"We're basically walking on the ice here so i think that everyone says "hey, i can do that," Tammy Hoffman, a curling instructor with the Circle City Curlers said.

And thanks to the Circle City Curling Club in Fishers, I can now say "I did that."

 My curling experience started with a quick warm-up and then it was straight to the ice to learn the basics.

"What you see here with all these different colors, this is the house. And this right here, the center of the house is called the button," Hoffman said. 

The goal of the game is to have your team's stone closest to the button at the end of every round.

Getting there is no easy task.

You must master tossing the stone.

Maneuvering out of the "hack," or as i kept calling it the starting block.

And sweeping, which helps the stone travel farther across the ice.

With the basics under my belt i was ready to square off in my first-ever curling competition with my squad, the red team.

I started the first round sweeping the ice.

After a run by the yellow team, it was my turn to toss the stone.

I was hoping for a little beginner's luck.

My stone landed just inside the house... Not bad for my first time.

But just moments later my stone Would be knocked from the top spot.

A couple rounds later and the game was over.

Final score: Yellow Team- 1 Red Team-0

For more information on the Circle City Curling Club and their "Learn to Curl" events check out their website.
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