Seattle alumni gather to learn the sport of curling

The Seattle alumni did what no chapter has done before — they learned and played the popular Olympic game of curling.

On the heels of the historic USA Men’s Curling team’s gold medal in the Olympics, the Elon Seattle Chapter took to the ice in early March and tried their luck at the sport of curling.

Organized by chapter board member Carlyn Chase ‘08 and chapter president Marty Kelly ’08, 33 alumni and guests gathered at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle. The group had two sheets (lanes) and was lead by five professional instructors. Throughout the event, teams of five battled the cold temperatures and slick ice to learn the ins and outs of the sport of curling.

Above the ice, great perspective was had in the warm confines of the viewing lounge. It didn’t look so hard from up top at the lounge, but the ice was the ultimate equalizer. The alumni shared stories of curling glory over tacos and drinks, and enjoyed watching their fellow alum down below on the rink.

Elon may be a few years away from sending an alumni team to the Winter Olympics, but the sport gained much-deserved respect from all in attendance.