Get instruction in the Olympic sport of curling

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January 23, 2003|By Lori Sears

Admit it, you were a little curious, perhaps a little intrigued by the whole curling thing during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. While it may have looked like a cross between a game of shuffleboard and an afternoon of mopping the kitchen floor, it's actually a highly competitive sport. And if you're interested, you can take part in two "Learn to Curl" sessions this weekend with the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel.

Certified instructors will bring you on the ice and teach you all there is to know about the rules of the game, the roles of each player, the basic strategy and the etiquette of the sport. You'll learn all the terminology, watch demonstrations, learn how to deliver a "stone" and when to use the "sweeping" technique.

Participants should dress warmly and wear rubber-soled shoes.

The "Learn to Curl" sessions run 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the National Capital Curling Center, located next to the Gardens Ice House, 13810 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel. Program costs $50 for non-members; $25 for rookie members (those signing up for membership at the same time). Rookie membership is $100 for unlimited curling. Call 301-362-1116.

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