The 2022 Winter Olympics are now officially behind us.

One sport featured in the Winter Olympics is seeing a spike in interest across the state of Maine, and in other states, and you may be surprised to learn that the sport is...curling! Yes! Curling.

Curling is certainly not a new sport, according to an article in centralmaine.com, curling has a 500-year-old history. If you have ever watched a match you would witness teams taking turns sliding rocks down the ice toward a scoring area. Aside from the person shooting the stone down the ice, several other team players sweep the path on the ice to speed up or slow down the stone in order to either knock someone out, or to try and get a better score.

The renewed interest in the sport of curling in Maine has even spawned a new group that is starting up in the Presque Isle area. Maine has two other well established teams, one based out of Belfast, the Belfast Curling Club, and another in the Portland area called the Pine Tree Curling Club.

The sport is enjoying a resurgence in interest since it is easy to learn, has been featured in the Olympics, and is not as physically demanding as some other sports, which is appealing to people of all ages.

Give it a shot....who knows, it might just take YOU to the Olympics!

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