Curling Club Gets Busy Every Four Years

Published 02/10 2014 08:34PM

Updated 02/10 2014 08:37PM

Curling is one of the most unique events in the Winter Games' every four years. Also seems to be one of the most popular.

It's a Friday night in Fishers, Indiana and the ice is packed with curlers. Yes. That crazy sport we see late at night once every four years during the Olympic Games.

The Circle City Curling Club is one of one two curling clubs in the state of Indiana. And once every 4 years, they receive a ton of attention.

"Every four years it gets crazy," says Jeff Heck. "We have five or six TV stations, newspapers, magazines and the clinics explode. We have probably taught over 1500 people how to curl."

The club has been in existence for seven years and has more than 40 members. They compete in league play and host clinics for those wanting to learn the game. Butler University has even fielded a team that competes on Friday nights.

It's a diverse group on the ice on this particular Friday night. Men and women, young and old.

Jack Hayford says that's one of the things he loves about the sport.

"It's one of the only team sports that you can play your whole life," says the 74 year old. "I've been playing for 40 years and still play every week."

The phrase 'Olympic athlete' doesn't spring to mind while watching this group compete. But looks can be deceiving. This is a sanctioned USA curling club. That means any of these people on the ice could one day be a member of Team USA Curling.

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