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NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — You probably saw it during the recent Winter Olympics. It was nothing if not intriguing.

Colorfully dressed men and women standing on a long, narrow sheet of ice. Someone sliding across the ice with some sort of fat stone. Two people vigorously sweeping the ice in front of said stone. And someone at the end behind a target painted on the ice yelling seemingly nonsensical things like "Hurry hard."

Curling has been around since the 16th century, when it was first played in Scotland. Scottish immigrants brought the game to North America, specifically Canada, in the 19th century, and it's been hugely popular with our northern neighbors ever since.

But the sport wasn't an official Olympic event until 1998, and when the winter games are held every four years, there's a resurgence in interest among Americans.

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