This Olympic sport is most often described as shuffleboard on ice. Team members take turns "shooting" (pushing) a stonea disc of polished granitedown an ice rink, while broom-wielding teammates run ahead sweeping the ice to help the stone reach its target=. Then the next team pushes its stone, trying to either get it closer to the target= or knock the other team's stone out of play.
Don't be fooled by the staid take-your-turn nature of this sport: It's harder than it looks, requiring balance, the ability to shoot straight while sliding on ice, the leg and lung power to run ahead of the stone, and a mind for strategy.
The Anchorage and Fairbanks curling clubs each have programs and classes for newcomers, as well as opportunities to watch games; if you've curled before, speak up and you may be invited to sub-in.
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