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Denver Curling Club hosting curling lessons during Winter Olympics

The Denver Curling Club is hosting curling lessons in February and 9NEWS Mornings has a behind-the-scenes look.

DENVER — We are one week from the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

There are a number of Coloradans going to compete, but those who don’t have a chance to learn a new set of skills at the Denver Curling Club.

Starting Friday, Feb. 4, the club is holding 30-minute instructional lessons on curling.

“It’s an opportunity for the kids to come in ages seven and we have a special junior program for them,” said Nancy Maule, VP of Events.

The new opportunity for the public will take place at a place that holds members and hosts leagues.

“We have curlers that have only been curling six, seven, eight years and have gone to Olympic Trials and national championships,” Maule said.

One member, an amazing wheelchair curler who trained at the Denver Curling Club, is now headed to the winter games.

“She will be in Beijing and that’s super amazing and we’re very proud of her,” Maule said.

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There are a few steps to curling that many find interesting when watching on TV.

“It’s a super fun sport. Everyone that comes in here says 'I’ve always wanted to try this'," Maule said.

But once you get on the ice, it’s a lot more complicated for first-time curlers.

“The goal of curling, pretty much curling 101, is to be as close to the center of the house. That’s what the target is called the house,” said member Emily Lewis.

Denver Curling Club hopes this could be an opportunity to send more Coloradans to the Olympics in the future.

“People do come in here thinking 'maybe I can become an Olympian.' They actually do and you can,” Maule said.

The lessons begin Friday, Feb. 4 and go through Sunday, Feb. 6. The list is filling up fast. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.

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