WNY tries curling after witnessing U.S. win gold

Posted at 6:12 PM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 18:12:45-05

"It's not that easy" was the theme of the day at the Buffalo Curling Club's open house.

The open house began at 10 a.m. on February 24, less than six hours after the U.S. won its first-ever Olympic curling gold medal in PyeongChang.

Enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels packed the former Buffalo China Plant, which has been restored and renovated with four curling sheets. Two stations helped newcomers get used to the shooting motion, two taught them to sweep, and the last four let them fling the stone across the pebbled ice.

Board member James Ricci says every four years during the Winter Olympics he sees a spike in interest in the sport. The club jumped on this year's enthusiasm, and hoped its opening day grabbed the attention of future diehard curlers.