How to rock at Olympic curling - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

How to rock at Olympic curling

GREENVILLE, SC (WIS) -

An Olympic event is sweeping its way into South Carolina.

In a cold ice rink in Greenville, preparations mean numbers, stones, and ice just right.

"It's catching on," said Michel Planke.

It's not a hockey game or an ice skating lesson.

"I think people are surprised," said Ryan Smith.

It's time to rock it, Southern style.

"This is our time in the spotlight," said Mathew Jones. "It's such a weird, little, kind of, underground sport. This is our time."

The Palmetto Curling Club started in Greenville in 2010.

"We have curlers from 20 up to 75. As long as you can walk down the ice, you can curl," said Smith, a member of the club.

It might sound like a simple sport.

"The goal is to get as many rocks to the center of the ring as possible," said Smith.

It might even look like a like a simple sport.

"People think you just throw the rock, but there's a lot of strategy," said Planke, president of the club.

For most people, it's a lot harder than it seems. You also have to sweep, which is a whole other beast.

"It's a pretty intense motion. You have to sweep pretty hard, but it's a good workout," said Sherri Odlevak, a member of the club.

Sweeping melts a little ice in front of the stone, hopefully making it go the distance.

"If you have to sweep a lot, you're definitely tired at the end of the night," said Smith.

Curling is a sport you don't see much of in the South.

"People are astounded when they see a team pop up from South Carolina," said Jones, a member of the club.

"Typically the winter sports here are not very popular," added Planke.

Planke is no stranger to the icy fun.

"I started with my dad when I was 14-years-old in Montreal, Canada," explained Planke.

Planke has a lot of experience curling, but others are still learning.

"I've always been intrigued by the sport, just fascinated by it. I found out it was here and showed up to an open house," said Jones.

"Curling was something that a lot of my friends did up in Minnesota and they did it opposite of golf in the summer. I read an open house in the paper and it said, come on out and try, and so I said, perfect," said Odlevak.

Club members hope the 2014 Winter Olympics will encourage other South Carolinians to give curling a shot.

The Palmetto Curling Club is always looking for new members. There's also a club trying to get started in Columbia.

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • breaking

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:40 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:40:37 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>
  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:14:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:39:28 GMT

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>
  • Man admits he 'flung' infant son, causing his death

    Man admits he 'flung' infant son, causing his death

    Friday, July 21 2017 6:33 AM EDT2017-07-21 10:33:52 GMT
    Cody Bates (Source: LMDC)Cody Bates (Source: LMDC)

    Police responded to a call of an unresponsive three-month-old child on June 9 in an apartment complex in Fern Creek. Officials interviewed multiple people to find out how exactly Preston Amato died.

    More >>

    Police responded to a call of an unresponsive three-month-old child on June 9 in an apartment complex in Fern Creek. Officials interviewed multiple people to find out how exactly Preston Amato died.

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump to attend commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford

    Trump to attend commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:30 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:30:57 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:51:13 GMT

    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

    More >>
  • Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:51:10 GMT

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    More >>

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    More >>
  • breaking

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:40 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:40:37 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly