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Iowa Curling Cup

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The eight teams competing in the first Iowa Curling Cup may not be Olympians, in fact many of them are first time curlers.

"You're trying to coordinate all of these things without falling on your face," said first-time curler Jeff Logan.

Des Moines Curling Club President Nate Boulton explains how the sport works.

"The object is to take these 40 plus pound stones of granite, slide them down the ice toward the target area, and the more of your stones in the center of the target will get you some points and try to get you to win," Boulton said.

Sliding and sweeping does present some risks.

"Curling can be dangerous because obviously you're on ice," said Boulton

"Every time I've fallen down," said Logan.

But the curlers left it all out on the ice for a chance at the coveted Iowa Curling Cup trophy.

"It's just trying to relax, let the stone come gently out of your hand, and hopefully go right toward that broom," said Boulton.

Team Logan came up short of winning the cup, but even the losers went home with a newfound love for a sport that's gaining traction in Central Iowa.

"I think they're figuring out it's a lot more fun than it even looked on TV," said Boulton.

Proceeds from the Iowa Curling Cup went to Greater Des Moines Habitat For Humanity.

More local curling events can be found at the Des Moines Curling Club website.

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