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Curling in Northwest Arkansas

SPRINGDALE- AR A sport in the Winter Olympics many don't know much about, curling KNWA's Neile Jones set out to learn more about the sport before heading to Russia.
A sport in the Winter Olympics many don't know much about, curling
KNWA's Neile Jones set out to learn more about the sport before heading to Russia.
For Curling Coordinator At The Jones Center , Mark Curtis, the sport runs in the family. Curtis says, "I just grew up doing it. My father did it. My grandfather did it. and when I grew up I did it with them."
You might even say his passion will sweep you off your feet. Just ask his friend and team mate James Gately who says, "He said come down and try it and I thought well here is a sport that some old guy can do and have fun."
Curtis explains how the sport works, "The idea is to slide a stone down 140 feet of ice to a target in the ice on the far end and try to get closer to the middle than your opponent. You can knock your opponent out and your opponent can knock you out."
But F.Y.I. these stones, made from a special granite, weigh about 40 pounds each.
Christopher Barber has been curling for about 12 years and says he began when he was 10-years-old after seeing the Olympics.
He says it's takes skills, practice, and athleticism
According to Barber, "Just balance alone is the most difficult part. Trying to control something this heavy on teflon sliders... you know the sliders fluctuation will completely throw you off balance that takes getting used to"
But once you get the hang f it all three members of this team say your sure to have a lot of fun.
Click hear to watch Neile as she gives curling a try.

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