In the U.S., we get a reminder about the awesomeness of curling every four years, when we get to see the Olympians show how it's done on primetime television. However, there is a small but growing group of Americans that don't wait until Olympic years to see the stone glide down the ice.
Curling is gaining popularity across the U.S. USA Curling has 154 registered clubs, in both the expected places, like Casper, Wy. and the unexpected, like Wake Forest, N.C. The Chicago Tribune reports that the four clubs in the Chicago area are expecting a surge in membership with the Olympics.
The appeal of curling is that a person doesn't have to be an amazing athlete to try it. You don't have to be young, or in perfect shape, or a hulk of a man. Curlers with knee problems can modify the sport so that they continue to play, attracting curlers of all ages.
But that's not the only reason people like it. SB Nation's Spencer Hall tried it, and he was hooked.
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