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GC’s Diana Black to Compete at Curling National Championship

Clara Griffin, Staff Writer

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In the same year that the United States Men’s Team won Gold, for the first time, in the Olympic Curling competition, Good Counsel junior Diana Black is beginning to make her own history.  Diana was only in the 5th grade when she started curling.  As a little elementary schooler, she could barely make it past the hog line—the thick line in front of the target, or house. Now, she travels throughout the United States to participate in curling tournaments with her teammates. This season, she qualified for the curling nationals in Bemidji, Minnesota.

The sport consists of teams of two or four people sliding heavy stones across sheets of ice toward a target.  Water droplets, which freeze on the surface, are then applied to the ice to improve the stone’s grip. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Canadian Women’s curling team placed first in the event.  

Diana’s club, the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel, attend bonspiels (the curling equivalent of a tournament) in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and other areas across the country. Most recently, she traveled to upstate New York.  

Although they’ve had their ups-and-downs, Diana and her teammates have developed close relationships, and they stand by each other no matter what. She considers them to be one of the essential parts of being successful in the sport.

Photo Courtesy: Team USA

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