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Discovered Curling in the Winter Olympics? Try It in Los Angeles!
Hollywood Curling Club offering more than 30 chances to learn to curl during and after the Winter Olympics
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 25, 2018)—Maybe you've watched Todrick Hall, Ladanian Tomlinson, Vernon Davis teach you how to curl in a viral video with Chester Cheetah. Maybe you've watched the game on TV once or twice. Maybe you've never even heard of curling. But it's the world's fastest-growing winter sport, and at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, curling promises to be the viral sport of 2018. For Southern Californians, Hollywood Curling Club is offering a wide variety of opportunities to try curling all across the region in 2018, from Bakersfield to Palos Verdes.
Founded in 2007, Hollywood Curling is LA County’s only organization dedicated to the sport. Upcoming events will take over rinks in Pasadena, Valencia and more for learn-to-curl sessions and other special events. Hollywood Curling will supply all the equipment necessary, along with a team of experienced curlers as instructors. Attendees for on-ice events need only wear flat-soled shoes and comfortable (and warm!) clothing.
The schedule so far:
Saturday, 2/3, 10:15 PM: Learn to Curl supporting AIDS/LifeCycle, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Friday, 2/9, 5:30-8 PM: Opening Ceremony Street Curling with LA84, 2141 W Adams Blvd
Saturday, 2/10, 12 PM: Drop-in Open House, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA
Saturday, 2/10, 10:15 PM: Learn to Curl, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Sunday, 2/11, 8 PM: Learn to Curl, Ice Station Valencia
Saturday, 2/17, 10:15 PM: Learn to Curl, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Sunday, 2/18, 10 AM: Drop-in Open House, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Monday, 2/19, 6 PM: Drop-in Open House, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Sunday, 2/25: Learn to Curl Triple-Header, with sessions at 6:15 PM, 7:30 PM and 8:45 PM, Ice Station Valencia
Saturday, 3/3, 10:15 PM: Learn to Curl, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Saturdays, 3/4-3/18, 6:15 PM: 3-week Olympic Curling Academy, Ice Station Valencia
Saturday, 3/10, 5 PM: Drop-in Open House Palos Verdes, Promenade Ice Chalet
Saturdays, 3/17-3/24, 10:15 PM: 2-week Olympic Curling Academy, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Saturdays, 3/31-4/21, 10:15 PM: 4-week Open League, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Sundays, 4/15-4/29, 6:15 PM: 3-week Beginner's League, Ice Station Valencia
Saturday, 4/28 thru Sunday 4/29:: Street Curling at Triumph Wheelchair Sports Festival, Valencia Sports Center
Saturdays, 5/5-6/2, 10:15 PM: 4-week Open League, Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Sundays, 5/20-6/10, 7:45 PM: 3-week Scramble League, Ice Station Valencia
For more info and a calendar of upcoming events, visit hollywoodcurling.org.
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Hollywood Curling Club is also in the process of raising funds to build the first dedicated curling facility in Southern California.
About Hollywood Curling
Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and junior summer camps. The club has become quite well known for its popular Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel (lingo for tournament), which also boasts the Annual Celebrity Charity Curling Match. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac). For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.
About the sport of curling
The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters. In 2018, Team Shuster and Team Roth will represent Team USA at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, and more than 50% of NBC’s coverage of the games will be curling.
This year’s Olympics will feature the introduction of a new discipline, Mixed Doubles Curling. Team USA siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton have both attended Hollywood Curling’s annual summer tournament, with Becca Hamilton being the current reigning champion from 2017.