Magnus Nedregotten of Team Norway and Kristin Skaslien of Team Norway compete against Team Australia during the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin on Day 1 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Aquatics Centre on February 05, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

It’s a little like shuffleboard, a bit like bocce, and a whole lot of addictive. Curling is back at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and I’m hooked all over again. Before the Opening Ceremonies even took place, I was already watching the early rounds.

Olympic Curling: The Rules And When You Can Watch

If you’ve been curious about this growing sport, you have a couple of chances to get on the ice and try it yourself this month. The Charlotte Curling Association (6525 Old Statesville Road) invites you to explore curling at one of their upcoming open houses. You might even get to meet the 2021 US Men’s National Championship team and Gold Medalist Joe Polo. Here are the details:

Open House/Throw-A-Rock: Sat., Feb. 12 – 11 am-2 pm

  • Free admission to visit the facility. Generously-priced full bar featuring local craft beer. The C&J Chicken Fish and More Food Truck will be serving lunch. And of course, the Winter Olympics will be on TV. Want to get out on the ice? For $10 guests receive a short on-ice session, learning to sweep and throwing two rocks. Charlotte Curling Association members will be there to explain the sport.

Open House/Throw-A-Rock with Curl & Meet: Sat., Feb. 19 – 1 pm-4 pm

  • Same as above except the Skyview 22 Food Truck will be on site and there’s a “Curl & Meet.” The 2021 US Men’s National Championship team, led by Korey Dropkin, and 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Polo will be visiting. Yes, Joe will have his medal with him.

If you’re interested in a full curling lesson, check out the two-hour Learn To Curl events at CharlotteCurling.com. The Charlotte Curling Association is a great place and their members are very hospitable. Mel and I had the opportunity to take a crash course in curling there four years ago. Well, I crashed. Mel managed to stay on her feet. You can see the full video HERE.