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Bemidji Set To Host U18 Curling National Championships

August 27, 2019


>>>WELL, YOU’VE SEEN IT IN TH OLYMPICS, AND NOW YOU COULD SEE IT IN PERSON. CURLING IS SET TO TAKE CENTER ICE IN BEMIDJI LATER THIS WEEK. AS 24 BOYS AND GIRLS U-18 TEAMS FROM ALL OVER THE CO WILL COMPETE IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN HOPES FOR A GOL. EVEN THOUGH ROCKS HAVE BEEN SLIDING FOR YEARS, THE TEAM IS STILL NEW. ONLY ITS SECOND YEAR, IT’S SWEEPING ITS WAY TO THE CURLING CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES.>>MINNESOTA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOME OF THE TOUGHEST CURLING. IT’S SET OUT THERE TO MAKE IT OUT OF MINNESOTA, TO MAKE IT OUT OF THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT.>>FROM WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY, THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL TAKE OVER THE BEMIDJI CURLING CLUB, A PLACE KNOWN FOR SUCCESS.>>YOU LOOK ON THE ONE SIDE OF THE CLUB AND WE HAVE STATE CHAMPIONS. YOU GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CLUB, WE HAVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AND WE EVEN HAVE OLYMPIC, IF NOT WORLD CHAMPIONS.>>THE FIELD OF TEAMS RANGES FROM OREGON TO MASSACHUSETTS TO ALL OVER THE MIDWEST BUT THE EVENT IN A WAY BRINGS TOGETHER THE CURLING FAMILIAR.>>IT WOULD BE REALLY COOL TO HAVE THE DIFFERENT TEAMS COMING. IT’S VERY NICE TO — A LOT OF THESE TEAMS, I’VE PLAYED AGAINST THEM SO IT’S KIND OF LIKE A FAMILY.>>OF THE 24 TEAMS, FOUR CONSIST OF BEMIDJI ATHLETES, FOUR BOYS AND TWO GIRLS EXCITED TO SHOW OFF THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION TO THE AREA.>>I THINK IT’S GREAT TO OPEN THEM UP TO COMPETITIVE CURLING, NOT JUST SO MUCH LEAGUE. I THINK IT’S A GREAT ADVANTAGE FOR US.>>IT’S REALLY NICE BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE SPECTATORS TO COME. IT’S ALSO NICE TO HAVE HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE KNOWING THE ICE BETTER AROUND THE ROCKS, HOW THEY RUN.>>ONE OF THE TEAMS FEATURES A GOLD MEDALIST AS LEA DEFENDS HER TITLE.>>IT GIVES ME CONFIDENCE AND PRESSURE. I THINK THERE’S QUITE A BIT OF CONFIDENCE GOING INTO IT.>>WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, EVERY TEAM HAS THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE.>>OUR GOAL, TAKE HOME GOLD.>>MAKING THE PLAYOFFS AND FROM THERE ON, A COUPLE MORE AND WE WIN THE WHOLE THING.>>> SO HERE’S A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE STARTING ON WEDNESDAY PRACTICES THE FIRST TWO DAYS WITH THE OPENING CEREMONIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THEN POOL PLAY BEGINS THURSDAY NIGHT AND RUNS THRU SATURDAY WITH THE SEMIS AND FINALS TAKING PLACE SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. ALL FANS ARE WELCOME. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO THE

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