Austin curling club cashes in on sport’s spiking popularity during Olympics

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes delivers the rock during the women's curling gold medal game against Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Members of the Lone Star Curling Club call it a sport just weird enough for Austin.

As it did in 2010, curling has captured – or confused – scores of fans watching the Sochi Olympics. Millions of viewers a day are tuning in and curling is among the most often mentioned topics worldwide on social media.

KXAN Sportscaster Brent Carney gives curling a try.
KXAN Sportscaster Brent Carney gives curling a try.

Transplants from the north and beginners intrigued by what they’ve seen on TV mingle at The Lone Star Curling Club, based out of Chapparal Ice in Central Austin. A series of learn to curl clinics open to the public over the next few were quick to sell out.

Often compared to shuffle board, darts or bowling, curling is an everyman’s sport.

But how difficult is it to play? Watch the video above to find out. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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