Omaha to host curling trials for 2018 Winter Olympics

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The event will take place at Baxter Arena November 12th through 19th of 2017. "We are very excited about the potential for our sport's growth in Omaha and across the United States," said USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke.

Omaha beat out Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Ogden and Provo in Utah.

Curling is a sport in which players slide stone discs on a sheet of ice towards a target segmented into four concentric circles like shuffleboard.

“Hosting the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling in Omaha is sure to get Omaha excited about curling,” said Steven Taylor, president of the Aksarben Curling Club, which currently has 136 members. “Centrally located in the Mid-America Region, Omaha is well-positioned to provide facilities, instruction and competitive opportunities for junior, college and adult curlers from Texas to South Dakota to develop the skills and experience necessary to compete on the national and international level. Aksarben is delighted to be able to work with Baxter Arena, our Nebraska universities and local schools to leverage the upcoming Olympic buzz to grow our community into a regional curling hub.”

Omaha has hosted the past three USA Olympic Swimming Trials prior to the summer games. “Omaha has been the first stop for many world-class athletes on their way to the Olympic Games and we are grateful the University of Nebraska Omaha will be a part of that tradition,” said Trev Alberts, University of Nebraska Omaha Vice Chancellor of Athletics. “We can’t wait to welcome local and national fans to experience this unique Olympic event and have the chance to show off UNO's Baxter Arena to a world audience."