Olympics stir interest in curling club

By Chad Weber

February 3, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 1:41 AM CDT

TRIUMPH Ill. -- If you've ever wondered how people get into an Olympic sport like curling, the answer might be closer than you think.

The home of the state's oldest curling club is located in Triumph Illinois.

That's about 20 miles north of Peru.

The Waltham Curling Club has been curling in the area since 1884.

And as the Olympics roll around each four years, the club sees a spike in interest and membership.

One question members often get: How hard is curling physically?

"Harder than you would think," said Andrew Matthews from Bloomington. "There are times when somebody throws a little light and you're sweeping and you know, 150 feet of sweeping as hard as you can trying to burn a hole in the ice. You get to the end of it and you're feeling it. You know your body is sore the next day when you wake up."

Members also say strategy and practice play a key part in becoming a good curler.

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