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Published January 12, 2014, 08:14 PM

Grand Forks women's curling team heading to women's USA Curling National Championships

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - A Grand Forks women's curling team will be heading to the women's USA Curling National Championships. They competed in a challenge round this weekend in Grafton, winning enough games to earn a spot at the championships.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - A Grand Forks women's curling team will be heading to the women's USA Curling National Championships.

They competed in a challenge round this weekend in Grafton, winning enough games to earn a spot at the championships.

But for the women on the team, curling is much more than just a sport it's family.

Curlers, stones and yes, plenty of sweeping filled the ice sheets of the Grafton Curling Club, but for the team from Grand Forks, their journey to success started many years ago.

Madeline Shaft/Curler: “My grandma curled when she was younger so she got me into it.”

Abi Lindgren/Curler: “Definitely a family thing. My dad really got me into it.”

Katie Sigurdson/Curler: “I started curling when I was eleven years old.”

Emily Lindgren/Curler: “I started curling about nine or ten years ago.”

A childhood sport that at first had mixed reviews.

Madeline: “I fell in love with it right away.”

Abi: “I hated it when I started.”

Emily: “No I hated it. I was really bad. I did not like it.”

Over time their technique improved and their friendships grew.

Abi: “I started curling with my sister and Katie and Maddy.”

Madeline: “Met these girls and continued on.”

Teammates and friends competing together.

Katie: “It's really fun.”

Madeline: “Oh it's amazing. I love every minute out here. Um...yeah I don't think I'd enjoy it as much if I wasn't out here with some of my best friends.”

Together, winning titles and earning a spot to compete at the US Women's National Curling Championships and the US Curling Jr. Championships.

Succeeding at a sport, that is often misunderstood.

Abi: “One of the things is when people compare shuffle board to curling. Curling is so much harder than shuffle board. Does not do it justice.”

The junior championships start January 25th in Seattle; the women's championships begin in March in Philadelphia.

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