WHAT THEY SAID: ‘Curling parties’ becoming fashionable among teens

The following is an excerpt from an article published at mcall.com:

While the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are long over, summer’s just around the corner, NBC is back to its regular programming, and newspapers worldwide are filled with non-Olympic-related stories once more, one part of this year’s games has yet to fade: curling.

This fairly new sport is rising in popularity across the nation, especially among the younger generation. Apparently to kids (myself included), there’s just something captivating about one guy shoving a giant rock across the ice while some others furiously sweep in front of it. And, you have to admit, it is somewhat humorous and maybe even borderline ridiculous. But that’s what makes it so great.

During and ever since the games in mid-February, talk of curling has been filtering throughout my high school. And, encouraged by the Wii game, DECA Sports, which includes simulated curling, students are even starting to look up local leagues. Though I have yet to come across anyone who’s actually joined, the possibility of having youth curling teams in the future is very real.

Oftentimes, when my friends and I hang out on rainy days, we find ourselves playing Wii. Our favorite game is, by far, Deca Sports. More specifically, we love the simulated curling. In fact, it was this game that first introduced me to curling, far before I knew it was an Olympic sport. These hangouts, which usually involve tons of laughing, joking and friendly competition, have become fondly known among my friends and me as ”curling parties.”

Growing at a rate of 20 percent per year, curling has more than 25,000 competitors across the nation. Globally, there are more than 3 million curlers in 30 countries. Curling began gaining popularity after it became an official Winter Olympic sport in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since.

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