With Olympics in the offing, curling’s profile is riding high

Norm Tache and Dave Allesandroni
Norm Tache and Dave Allesandroni

New Hampshire residents have been treated from time to time with a newspaper article here and  a TV piece there about the sport of curling. Especially in a year when the Winter Olympics are taking place, this ancient Scottish sport comes out of the shadows and gets another 15 minutes of fame before withdrawing into obscurity until the next olympiad.

But things may be changing. With several curling clubs now operating in New Hampshire, and interest already awakening, the sport just got another shove into the spotlight by none other than The New York Times Magazine.

While the locus is Tampa, Florida, the Times article, which revolves around a newly minted curling club, offers a lot that should be recognizable to the local curling community: the learning curve for enthusiastic recruits who have a “near-total ignorance of how to play”; the limitations, in terms of ice time and dicey surface conditions, that can occur when sharing an arena with skating programs; and the near-crazed enthusiasm of those who fall under the sport’s spell.

The coming Olympics will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN and across the networks of NBC Universal. In addition, every Olympic event will be available to stream live and on-demand on NBCOlympics.com. 

For those bitten by the bug, the Lakes Region Curling Association will hold a free learn-to-curl session on Tuesday, Feb. 27, as part of the Wolfeboro Winter Carnival. The session will run from about 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., with required sign-in at 2 p.m.

The current Winter 2018 season concludes on Sunday, March 18, and LRCA organizers will spend the summer planning for the beginning of the organization’s fourth year in the Fall. Watch this web site for further announcements, and use the sign-up form at the right of this page to sign up for our newsletter.