Local club shares joy in Olympic gold

Photo by LORETTA JACKSON Celebrating an Olympic gold medal, won on Saturday, Feb. 24, by the United States men’s curling team are members of the Merrimack Valley Curling Club that include players, from left, Joe Lessard, club president, and others of the 86-member organization that hosted on the same afternoon as the Olympic victory an open house that drew more than 100 people from as far away as Maine and Boston to learn more about the sport of curling at the curling rink that is a part of the Nashua Country Club.
Photo by LORETTA JACKSON Roberta Theodore, of Manchester, who attended the MVCC with other family members intent on learning the basics of the sport of curling, learns some techniques from Nate Church, an avid member of the MVCC who shared his knowledge with dozens of participants at the open house held on Saturday to share a look at the sport with people who may wish to continue playing until the season ends with warm weather when the curling rink at the Nashua Country Club closes for the summer.
Photo by LORETTA JACKSON Ryan Church, 12, a sixth-grade student at James Mastricola Upper Elementary School in Merrimack, demonstrates the smooth glide required to launch the granite “stone” that weighs between 38 and 44 pounds and is propelled over the ice by a calculated push toward the “house,” a target area segmented into four concentric circles.

Yesterday was a day to remember at the Merrimack Valley Curling Club, for on the morning of the club’s open house the United States men’s curling team won Olympic Gold and an Olympic title against a team that was thought to be difficult to be defrocked – the team from Sweden.

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