Local man has eyes on the 2018 Olympics in CurlingFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The best curlers in the country are in Fargo this weekend, competing in the US Olympic Curling Trials hoping to make the 2014 Olympic team.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The best curlers in the country are in Fargo this weekend, competing in the US Olympic Curling Trials hoping to make the 2014 Olympic team.
Evan Workin/Fargo Curler: “I was like there is no way I'm doing it, it looks pretty lame.”
As a 12-year old watching the Olympics at home with his parents,
Evan Workin didn't really understand the appeal of curling. But, that's changed.
Workin: “I tried it out and have been doing it ever since.”
Elevn years since throwing his first stone, Workin has developed a passion for the sport, becoming one of the area's best in the process.
Paul Workin: “He has won a lot of bonspiels, I never thought he would win. He's got the passion for it and he's just got to put the time in.”
Evan Workin: “We won high school state in 07 and 08. In 09 we had the privilege of qualifying for my first junior nationals. Once I got a taste of being on the National stage, that was such a driving factor, I really rededicated myself and put a lot more time in.”
Workin now strives for bigger things. Like a national tournament appearance in February. He also has sweeping dreams of one day representing his country.
Evan Workin: “Obviously the ultimate goal in the end is making the Olympics.”
That goal is more attainable than you may think. In every Olympics since 2002 someone from North Dakota or Minnesota has been on the US Curling team.
Paul Workin: “That's the ultimate dream is to get there, win the national championship and represent your country and he has the skill to do it.”
Evan Workin: “Our first step is qualifying for Nationals, getting back to that national stage. Build on that some more and be one of the Olympic contenders eventually.”
At 23 years old, Workin has time on his side.
Evan Workin: “Luckily curling's not wasted on the youth; you kind of get better with age. You’re a year wiser and you kind of know the drill now and you kind of know what to expect and that experience and you can really build on from year to year.”
Now Workin is hoping people will be watching him on TV, as he tries to make the 2018 Olympic team.
Workin and his team will be in Blaine, Minnesota in January to attempt to qualify for Nationals.