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Winter Olympics spike interest at local curling club

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LANSING, N.Y. (WBNG) -- For the first time ever, the U.S. men took home an Olympic gold medal in curling. The men's team took home the top prize in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

Now we're looking at how you can curl in our area. 

The Finger Lakes Curling Club has been operating for one season. Leaders stared putting it together in January of 2017, and the first season took place in October of 2017. 

"The goal was really just to expose the area to curling cause we think its just a wonderful sport, and to see if there's interest enough to have a club," Dan Hazlitt, the President of the Finger Lakes Curling Club said. 

With 2018 being a year of the Winter Olympic Games, leaders of the group have seen a peak in interest. 

"We were getting a lot of interest anyway, but people were a little cautious, weren't sure what we were about weren't sure what curling was about, since the Olympics... I'm responding to five or six emails every couple of days, and we have groups of 30 people wanting to come out and try it," Hazlitt explained. 

Hazlitt says anyone can try curling, however as a small club, right now leaders are having a hard time keeping up with the high demand. 

"Unfortunately we just don't have the ice time right now, but we're trying to do what we can," Hazlitt added. 

Still they're working hard to provide more opportunities for the community, as they hope to share one of their favorite activities with all who are interested. 

"I love the strategy of it, there's a lot of thinking in it, I love the sportsmanship in it, you call your own fowls, very critical part of the game, there's a social part after the game which is amazing," Hazlitt said. 

Right now the group meets Saturday nights at the Community Recreation Center in Lansing. For more information on how to get involved, click here

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