WAUSAU – Rather than speed and power, curling is a sport of skill and precision that has been nicknamed “chess on ice.” What began in the late 1600s as an enjoyable pastime based on throwing stones over ice has evolved into one of the most popular Olympic sports of the past decade. Curling may be under-appreciated by those who don’t understand it, but there are many reasons to enjoy the sport, including a thriving local community that welcomes people of all abilities to participate.

At 10 a.m. today, Feb. 4, “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes Team USA Wheelchair Curling Team skip Matthew Thums, Women’s National Team Member Kim Susans and John Bast from the Eau Claire Curling Club for a discussion on the sport as the world prepares to watch international athletes compete at the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. 

Listeners can join the conversation by calling 800-780-9742 or emailing questions to ideas@wpr.org.

“Route 51” is heard Fridays at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River, 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at wpr.org/route51.