If you've caught Olympic fever, you might consider checking out the Columbus Curling Club, 2999 Silver Road, Columbus, for a chance to play a sport that's on the rise.

One of the few in Ohio -- and the only such club in central Ohio -- the Columbus Curling Club features three Olympic-sized sheets to play a proper match of curling.

The club has about 185 full-time members and others who are considered "social" members who pay a discounted rate, according to club president Jack Gaynor.

The club has been in Columbus since 2004 and in its current location for 10 years, Gaynor said.

The club has nine leagues, and matches take place five nights a week, in addition to multiple classes that invite the public to learn how to curl, Gaynor said.

"We have a lot of relatively new curlers," Gaynor said. "You can learn the basics in about a two-hour learn-to-curl session. But you certainly won't be ready for PyeongChang after that."

If you do want to learn the basics, now is a good time to stop by the club. Two weeks after the Olympics end, the club temporarily halts all league play to teach beginners the sport, Gaynor said. About 1,000 spots are set for basic lessons about the sport, he said.

For more information about the club, visit www.columbuscurling.com.

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