Originally published October 2014 for WindyCityCurling.com.
Do you try and sing like country superstar Toby Keith? Do you have the athleticism of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis? Do you put the pedal to the metal like Indy racer Dario Franchitti?
Well, maybe you could out curl them.
Windy City Curling offers “Learn to Curl” classes every Thursday. This gives you a great chance to learn the great game of curling – just like several celebrities are taking up.
Toby Keith started following curling during the Turin Olympics. The crooner and his band refer to themselves as the “Redneck Curlers.” Nashville Curling Club president Sean Gerster stated that “They knew the turns (in-turn and out-turn), knew about strategy and understood the game.”
Vernon Davis was urged to try curling by the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club. “This is probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done,” Davis said. “I thought snowboarding was crazy. This is even crazier.” Davis was hooked on the sport, and even served as Honorary Team Captain for the US Curling Team in the recent Sochi games.
Scottish racer Dario Franchitti first tried curling to experience the “other sport invented by the Scots.” He compared racing to curling in two aspects. The conditions of the ice, just like the conditions of the track, play a vital role in the game. And, just as a racer needs his pit crew to lead him to victory lane, the skip needs his sweepers to bring the stone to the house.
Other celebrities that have gotten into curling include George Clooney, Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and even Ron Burgundy.
Don’t miss the chance to learn to curl at Windy City Curling! Curling takes place every Thursday night – just visit http://www.windycitycurling.com/events/open-house-learn-to-curl/ for more information!