The Genoveva Chavez Community Center’s Ice Arena will hold its first ever Curling event and Open House on Friday, August 23, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is for people of all ages interested in trying out or just learning more about one of the newest winter Olympic sports.Curling is a sport where players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings. It is related to bowls, boule and shuffleboard. Curling debuted as a full-medal sport at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and is again a major part of the program for the 2014 Games in Socchi, Russia.
At the Open House, members of the Denver Curling Club will provide informal instructions throughout the event and will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the 500-year-old sport of curling.
Curling is a sport for all ages and abilities. Beginners can receive instructions, practice the basics, and take to the ice for a game within the first hour of participation. Olympic-level curlers are examples of the whole-body fitness, finely-tuned finesse, and mental toughness required to excel internationally.
Those planning on trying out curling at the Open House should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (such as a jogging suit) and rubber-soled shoes. Wearing a couple of layers will allow you to adjust accordingly as you go from less-active instruction in the ice rink to full participation. The Denver Curling Club will provide all other equipment needed to participate.
Whether you come to play or just to watch and learn you will get an insider’s view of curling that, for one, will help you better understand the action during the 11 days of Olympic competition during the 2014 Winter Olympics. For instance, you’ll discover:
· What all that sweeping is about.
· The difference between a hack and a hog line.
· Why an end isn’t necessarily, the end.
· How easy it really is to slide a 42-pound rock down the ice.
· The meaning of “Hurry Hard!”
· Why it’s desirable to throw rocks at the house.
· And finally, how you score in this sport.