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Maerki seeks Olympic gold on Swiss curling team

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Dominik Maerki of Fayetteville practices curling Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at the Jones Center in Springdale. Maerki is a member of the Swiss curling team and will travel to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

SPRINGDALE -- Dominik Maerki thought his days as an elite curler were over. Then an unexpected phone call last summer changed everything.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Dominik Maerki of Fayetteville practices curling Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at the Jones Center in Springdale. Maerki is...

Curling 101

Curling is played by two teams of four players. The teams alternate throws toward a circular target called the house. The object is to have more stones closer to the center than your opponent after all 16 of the 40-pound granite stones have been thrown. Curling originated in the 16th Century in Scotland.

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