Curling is catching on in Sioux Falls. Friday, a group of high schoolers with the Outdoor Adventure Class hit the ice and tried their hand at the popular winter sport.
During the Olympics, the sport of curling is probably best known for funny outfits and weird noises. But the Sioux Falls Curling group is trying to use the winter games to bring more people to the sport.
"You can make it as fun or as challenging as you want it. It's a way to get out into the community and do something if you like being on the ice," Jim Marko, president of Sioux Falls Curling, said.
The Outdoor Adventure Class is offered to high school students in Sioux Falls for a PE credit. Each session they learn a new activity.
Lincoln senior Trevor Naasz says the curling lesson has been his favorite so far, but a challenge.
"It's been tough because of the balance thing. That's always a little difficult to do since you have to balance mainly on your front foot," Naasz said.
While the Olympians make it look easy, curling is actually a lot harder than it looks.
"I mean, seeing the Olympics they make it look so easy and effortless when they're out there. But watching them right now, I mean there's a lot of balance that goes into it and a lot of technique and stuff that you don't really think about watching it," Outdoor Adventure class teacher Andrew Krueger said.
Marko hopes these kids will find a new interest in the sport and join their expanding league.
"Right now, we've roughly got just about 96 people involved with the leagues. We had our goal set at 16 teams and we're passed that already. So it's really taken off," Marko said.
And it sounds like at least one of these new curlers is already hooked.
"They have a curling club every Saturday. If a few of my friends would like to do it, I would also like to do it. Just to keep doing it and try to get better and improve," Naasz said.
Sioux Falls Curling is holding an open house on Saturday, March 15, at the Sioux Falls Ice and Rec.