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Northwest student explores curling

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Curling. As in bicep curls? No. Curling, as in the one Winter Olympic sport that many believe to be easy. Curling is perhaps one of the most misunderstood sports that one could imagine, as to the uneducated eye, it looks like a bunch of people just sweeping the ice in front of a stone. But it is much, much more than just this.

Curling requires an interesting mix of physics and skill that many people fail to realize is extremely difficult to grasp. One person who understands this struggle is a student at Northwest, Noah Lohr, a soccer player who has now been curling periodically for around a year and a half.

“One day over the summer, I was watching the 2016 Olympics and I thought to myself ‘what would be the easiest way to become an Olympic athlete?’” Lohr said. “So I went online and saw curling; my Dad and I went to the Triangle curling club to have some fun, and we quickly found out that it is a very difficult sport; I won’t be going to the Olympics anytime soon.”

Curling is not popular for a variety of reasons. First off, it involves sliding a stone down an alley of ice, much like shuffleboard, and attempting to get it inside a series of concentric circles. While doing this, sweepers sweep the ice in front of the stone, changing its trajectory in order to knock opponents’ stones out of the circles. As it is done on ice, there are not many venues around here where one has enough ice to participate. Additionally, compared to the traditional American sports, curling is not viewed as exciting enough.

“It certainly isn’t action-packed like football or a high pace game like soccer or basketball.” Lohr said. “[Curling] isn’t big probably [also] because ice rinks are few and far between.”

Getting involved with curling is a relatively simple process, simply going to the curling center in Durham and giving it a shot is all it takes; all the necessary equipment can be rented. While it may not be for everyone, it provides a challenge that can’t be found in many other sports.

“It’s such a different sport; it’s unique and people of all ages can have a blast,” Lohr said. “The biggest thing is to not be afraid of trying new things.”

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