With Olympic fever, people take up curling in Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

With Olympic fever, people take up curling in Rapid City


Until the 21st Century, the sport known as curling had little national exposure, but this weekend in Rapid City nearly 100 people got to see if they could compete at an Olympic level.

The Rushmore Curling Club hosted a free open house at the Roosevelt Park Ice Arena for 82 people looking to learn how to curl.

It's the 11th year the club has been in Rapid City and usually they only hold an open house in November, but in Winter Olympic years the club host one in February.

Treasurer of the club, Mike Lebonte has been curling since 1973, and says the technology has significantly changed.

"When I started playing everybody was using corn brooms or stray brooms," said Lebonte. "Now everyone's using push brooms, keeps the ice cleaner."

Curling was first an Olympic medal sport in 1924 but did not obtain full medal status again until 1998.


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