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Curling Offers Unique Way to Cool Off During the Summer Heat

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to do a winter Olympic sport and beat the summer heat at the same time, now might be your chance. That's because the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena is offering two "Learn-to-Curl" seminars this month.

Curling has been around for about 500 years, with people sliding stones across the ice, trying to get it to stop at the center of the target, called the house.

"It's somewhat of an oddity but it's fun, once you get into it," Scott Weavil, Secretary of Lake Tahoe Epic Curling said.

The stones weigh between 38 and 44 pounds. So, coordination and precision can be a challenge.

"I think it's an easy sport to learn," Larry Sidney, President of Lake Tahoe Epic Curling said. "If you want to get really good at it, then you're going to have to put in your time, just like anything else."

Sidney says the sport is growing in popularity, especially because of the exposure it gets during the Winter Olympics.

"In Sochi, a few months ago, curling was the most talked about sport on social media out of all the sports, in the Olympics," Sidney said.

South Lake Tahoe even has curling leagues that go throughout the year and follow some of the sport's traditions.

"The winners buy the losers the first round after a match," Sidney said. "Whether it's sodas, if you're not a drinker, or else beers, traditionally."

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling puts on a curling seminar at least once a month, teaching beginners how to throw the stones and sweep the ice.

"It's a sport where I only started around January and it's something that a guy like me, that's relatively a newcomer, can come out and occasionally get lucky and compete against the good guys," Weavil said.

The curling club says now is a great time to teach the sport, especially since so many people visit Lake Tahoe, in July.

"Oh, it's a blast," Sidney said. "We get a lot of interest. People are laughing. They come out with their families, they come out with a group of friends."

Beating the heat is an understatement in the ice arena, with the temperature about 50 degrees lower than it is outside.

"It's great here," Sidney said. "We have a nice, cool venue here and we're going to be doing some curling this week. So, it's a great time."

"If it's hot outside, come in where it's cool, or if it's really cold outside, come in where it's a little bit warmer," Weavil said.

The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena offers a variety of sports, including hockey and figure skating. The "Learn-to-Curl seminars are happening July 3 and July 18 at 6:30pm.
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