— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on February 11, Tuesday.
Welcome to the CNBC Business Daily.
As the Winter Olympics get underway in Russia, CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabera asks the question that's on everyone's mind: "Why is Curling an Olympic sport?"
Plane Field Curling club of New Jersey, where members come to throw, sweep, even grab a beer. These stones cost the club a cool $500 a pop. They glide so easily across the ice. "This is how it's done" But setting them in motion is kind of hard. "Okay that's not how it's done"
Sweeping is tiring for the novice. The members of the club tell us that after the Winter Games they always see a big increase in the number of people who want to join the curling craze.
An Olympic boost, but curling is far from becoming a professional sport.
Mark Simple is president of the club. "There are curlers who curl on a weekly basis, who participate in tournaments that bring in money, but again, everybody has a day job." Most curling is done with clubs in the US but many curlers hope it becomes big enough and as common as bowling alleys.
In Minnesota, they're trying a full on business, although it's still not for profit. Curling may not be be big business yet, but Wall Streeters love the sport.
Mark says it's because it's a thinkers game. "There's a lot of strategy involved. It's not just throwing a rock down the ice and sweeping that rock. You usually have to think a couple of shots ahead. It's almost like chess." A game of chess where a lot of yoga would help.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabera reporting there. Li Sixuan from CNBC's Singapore headquarters.
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