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Curling in Beijing: Skipping Ahead

By William Wang (CRI Online)

08:07, January 17, 2013

A woman learns the thrills of curling at the I Sweep Curling Club. ( Wang)

Key Words: Beijing; city guide; skipping; travel
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Many people first encounter the sport of curling via their TV screen, often reacting with laughter or ridicule. They watch as large snail-paced rocks worm their way along the ice, while shrieking sweepers frantically clear the way with brooms. What could possibly be going on? Clearly, those people just don't get it.

"At first when I saw it, I didn't think it was much of a sport," says Beijinger Zhu Jin, who is on the curling sheet for the very first time. "But now that we've experienced it, there's quite a combination of mental and physical activities that need to be coordinated."

Zhu can't take his shining eyes off of the game he's momentarily stepped out of, while his voice rises and falls according to the action on the ice.

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