Curling’s Rich History at the Detroit Curling Club

Let’s curl!

Come on, you know curling, right? Curling.

No. Not your hair. The sport!

My initial memories of curling reach back to 1980-something, watching hockey on CBC with my Grandfather and Dad. In between periods, while doing the other Canadian sports round-ups, they would invariably cover curling: a seemingly odd sport in which folks would glide what looked like a giant hockey puck with a handle down a sheet of ice while two other guys attempted to do I-don’t-know-what to said puck with brooms. Yes, brooms.

Odd? Maybe to an outsider, but for some reason or another I was transfixed by this game. I would occasionally watch it outside of hockey intermission, though I never really came to understand it.

When it was discovered that we were doing a piece on a Team USA curler who practiced in Michigan and was preparing to compete in the Curling Nationals in Kalamazoo, I jumped at the chance to get up close and personal with the sport. Little did I know that there was a curling club, the Detroit Curling Club, practically in my backyard.

Curling’s popularity has soared with Olympic coverage over the recent Winter Olympics to the point that the Detroit Curling Club is typically at capacity for membership.

It’s a simple game really: get your stones closest to the center of a bull’s-eye. It’s also deceptively difficult. We tagged along with Team USA’s Mark Lazar to get an in-depth look at the game of curling and the Detroit Curling Club.


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  1. I’m the same way when it came to watching it on channel 9, it was interesting but never fully understood. I still occasinally watch and at times would like to go watch it in Frendale where they have a tournment every year.

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