Essential Pittsburgh
9:16 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling

Essential Pittsburgh host, Paul Guggenheimer, gets a handle on how to get these stones to curl across the ice.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5WESA

Curling is growing to be one of the most watched sports at the Winter Olympics. Although it may be a little while before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture.

Last weekend, hundreds of people from all over the region visited the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and Schenley Park Ice Rink for a curling experience.

The Pittsburgh Curling Club, an official member of the U.S. Curling Association, has been offering beginner classes throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Club member Martha Riecks explained the players' roles and how the act of sweeping helps to move those heavy granite stones across the ice.

"That will help cause the ice to melt, ever so slightly, and get your rock a better, faster, straighter glide," she said.

Essential Pittsburgh host Paul Guggenheimer went to the recent learn-to-curl event. Check out the video below to see if Paul can take it to the house: