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LI curling club hopes U.S. gold medal spurs interest in sport
Even before the American victory, the club was seeing its learn-to-curl sessions selling out because of television coverage of the Olympics
By David Olson
Long Island curlers are hoping that Saturday’s first-ever U.S. Olympic gold medal in curling will boost interest in the sport.
“In this country we’re about winning, we’re about gold medals,” said Bobby Iadanza, president of the Long Island Curling Club. “The fact the U.S. won the gold today did more to help this sport within the next several years than anything that I can imagine.”
Iadanza and about 15 other club players gathered at a Levittown bar Saturday afternoon to watch a partial replay of the early-morning 10-7 U.S. men’s victory over top-ranked Sweden.
Most had stayed up into the wee hours to watch the game, excitedly texting each other from their homes to comment on plays. During the replay telecast, they anxiously awaited what may be the greatest moment in U.S. curling history — when a U.S. curling rock knocked two Swedish ones away from the scoring area to give the United States five points and a 10-5 lead.
“Yeah!” club members said as they threw their hands to the air to repeat the celebration from 12 hours earlier.