Group introduces curling to the Miami Valley

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday marked the second day of curling in the Winter Olympics and one group in the Miami Valley is hosting a game of its own.

You would normally see ice skaters on the Riverscape rink, but from 6:00-8:00 Tuesday night, curlers only.

Bruce Clingan is the president of Curl Troy, a group that gets together to play every winter.  He started the group four years ago.

“My wife, my best friend and I were watching curling on the Olympics, like probably everybody is doing right now, and we decided let’s go try it,” said Clingan.

You don’t have to be a professional. Laura Woeste was there for the first time.

“Our team loves it. The couples that have played said it’s so much fun and it’s something really different,” said Woeste.

The goal of the game is to slide the 42-pound stones across the ice as straight as possible. Then, get them as close as you can to the circle at the other end known as the “house”.

Players with brooms reduce friction between the stone and the ice.  It doesn’t make it go faster, but according to Clingan, it does help the stone travel more freely and keeps it straight.

It’s a winter sport so naturally it’s going to be cold, but this group admits this winter has been a little tougher.

They’ve had to cancel two gatherings because of bitter temperatures, and for Tuesday night’s game the players came prepared.

Woeste said, “I put on a few extra layers, extra socks. I had a feeling my feet would get cold but it’s alright, you just have to get out and embrace the weather.”

Clingan said the group will potentially be accepting sign-ups for anyone interested in introductory lessons. To learn more about Curl Troy, you can head to their website .

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