Curlers Train for Olympics Right Here in Wisconsin
By Jessie Garcia
GREEN BAY - In the shadow of Lambeau Field, you'll find another group of elite athletes. These ones do their work on ice.
The U.S. Men's and Women's Curling teams train at the Green Bay Curling Club. In fact, it's the only club in the country that keeps its ice up all through the Summer. They're preparing for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The Men's team is entirely from Minnesota. The women's team has 3 Wisconsinites, including Debbie McCormick of Rio, whose father, Wally, is the coach.
"He's the one that's taught me the game, and he's been there and he's very comfortable, very laid back," Debbie says.
"First of all you have to juggle father with coach, we've come to the realization that at home it's dad and on the road coach," Wally adds.
All of the athletes have to balance Olympic training with other, regular jobs, including bartender, sales associate, and probation officer.
They come to Green Bay on Fridays, and train through the weekend, 7 times during the summer--giving up family time to try and reach that ultimate goal.
Curling has been around for 500 years, but has only been an Olympic sport since 1998. Since then the U.S. has won a medal only once--A bronze for the men in 2006. Even though both teams are young, they feel good about their chances.