Sochi to Plymouth, it’s the hottest thing on ice
Late Sunday afternoons, groups of people from the Greater Plymouth area gather at Plymouth State University’s Hanaway Ice Arena to slide rocks on several 146-foot sheets of ice toward a set of rings.
Gyger said he started the Plymouth Rocks Club about two months ago, with financial help from the university, which paid for the expensive sliding “rocks” or “stones,” as they are sometimes called.
“To this day, that was the most fun I’ve ever had on the ice,” he said.
He was right. In February, as curling was highlighted in the Olympic games, he advertised for curlers to join the Plymouth Rocks Club.
“I just started playing, and it’s a blast,” said Sherri Covell of Ashland. “It’s so much different than what we have around here at this time of year.”
Some, like Cathy McLeod from Plymouth, had played before. McLeod is originally from New Brunswick, Canada, where kids learn to play hockey and curling at an early age.
Brenton Johnson of Wentworth learned how to curl 40 years ago in Duluth, Minn. He hadn’t curled since childhood and had forgotten how much fun it is.
“I also don’t remember it being this frustrating,” he said, chuckling as he watched a rock go through the end circle without hitting another rock.
Gyger thinks curling will grow to the levels of other curling clubs in the state, including those in the Mount Washington Valley, the Upper Valley, and Nashua.
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