Every four years, the Winter Olympics
shines a spotlight on the quirkiest of
ice-based sports: curling!
But for its devotees, curling is a constant obsession. Just ask this Yalie.
My name is Fabian Schrey and I am the president of the Yale curling club.
I didn’t curl before this because, like, who curls?
I got an email one morning, and it was like “do you want to learn to curl?”
And I was like, “this sounds like a really fun thing to do once and then never again,”
just for, like, bucket list reasons.
And I was just thinking, you have six years of your life in grad school,
Just try something out.
That was four years ago. Now, the curling club
club has a dozen members and goes to
tournaments on winter weekends.
I like that it’s really, like, non-judgmental.
People are really into just, like, having
a good time and working with you at
whatever level you’re at and I like any
sport that has like an official term for
drinking after the games.
Okay, so it has legions of loyal
followers, but how does it actually work?
Curling is like shuffleboard on ice. You
have two teams which have eight rocks
and you have a target where you have to
slide the rock into.
That target is called the button, and it’s the center of the house.
The goal is to get your team’s stones closer to the button than the other team’s.
When all the stones are used, the team with the stone closest to the button gets a point
for each stone they have closer to the button than the closest stone of the opposing team.
*crickets chirping* Umm…
Okay, so here’s an example.
In this one, red gets one point, while here, they get three.
It involves a lot of strategy, but at the same time,
it is incredibly hard to be very precise. You have to be very focused.
That’s where curling’s trademark aggressive sweeping comes into play.
Sweeping does two things.
By warming up the ice, the rock goes further down the ice,
and also it goes much straighter.
the Yale team curls at the Nutmeg
Curling Club in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
they sometimes get to play with other
nutmeg players, like Steve.
This sport changed my life.
Growing up, I was an athlete. I played every sport, I played basketball, football, baseball, soccer.
Then I had my accident in ’95, and for 17 years after my accident,
I was searching for something to fuel
that competitive spirit, fuel that fire.
it’s just an incredible sport. I’ve
curled with 95 year-olds, I’ve curled
with six-year-olds, I’ve curled with able-bodies the best of the world, I’ve curled
with disabled people the best in the
It doesn’t matter. When you get out here on the ice,
you’re on a level playing field with everybody else that’s out there.
And that is what curling is all
We just want to give as many people the opportunity to have this great sport.
Everybody should at least be able to try it out and know about us.
I was going to say it’s a chill sport, but I don’t….
I mean, once the pun is made you can’t take it back, so it’s a chill sport.