Olympics inspire local curlers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Team U.S.A. is taking home its first ever gold medal in curling. In Bismarck, the games are inspired some future Olympic hopefuls.

It's a game of sticks and stones, and with dreams of gold, residents in Bismarck are sliding into the curling queue.

"I started during the Olympics as well, people are just coming in because they see it on tv, you know, what is it? How does it work? Is it as easy as it looks? Which it isn't," said Sam Unruh, curler.

Unruh was inspired by the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has been throwing stones ever since.

"It's definitely a lot harder than I looks. There's a lot of balance involved, even then, aside from the balance part of it, the sweeping is a tremendous workout, you come out here and you're sweeping up and back for 30 seconds for 2 1/2 hours," said Unruh

The capital curling club has seen an influx of new people since opening ceremony in PyongChang.

"People have been very interested. We've had over 50 people at our two Sunday night 'Learn to Curls', and we'll have two more public learn to curls, and we expect them to be well attended, as well," said Roger Smith, head curling instructor.

Unruh said, "We see pretty much everyone of all ages and athletic abilities, but that's the great thing about curling, anyone can try it."

Typical leagues throw six to eight rounds, Olympics throw 10.

"Well when they first get here, they only need to know to bring clean shoes," said Smith.

"Its really fun, I make tons of new friends and I love playing sports," said Lexie Donner, curler.

You might even see some of these curlers on Olympic ice one day.

"Have I seen future Olympians? I might have seen future Olympians that I haven't recognized. There might be future Olympians in our kids curl program," said Smith.

If you want to cast some stones of your own, the curling club season runs through March.

Learn to Curl is open to anyone.