Northland Curling Team Hopes for Olympics

By KBJR News 1

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Duluth curling team is hoping to be Olympic–bound come 2014.

The 2006 gold medal winners, known as Team Fenson, will be heading to the Olympic trials next November.

Team Fenson is one of four U.S. teams that will be competing for a chance to head to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Fenson is currently having its most successful tour to date.

Although the team was unsuccessful at the 2010 Olympic trials, Shawn Rojeski says the loss only serves as motivation for November.

"After we lost out in 2010 for the Vancouver games it was a renewed drive for the team that we really wanted to get back there and I think we each made a commitment to each other that we're going to try for one more and make it to Sochi," said Rojeski.

That drive keeps the members focused on a thorough training regimen.

"With curling your legs have to be limber so you have to do a lot of stretching in your legs and your upper body has to be really strong, you have to have a lot of endurance because of the sweeping," said team member Joe Polo.

Practice can sometimes be a challenge, with team members living in different cites. Each member has to take their own initiative to make the most of their limited time together.

"We all live in different towns so it makes it real difficult for us to train together so we only get to practice together on weekends for the most part," said Rojeski.

The four members of Team Fenson have become a playful and tight knit group.

"Im a fan of Shawn Rojeski," laughed Polo.

They look forward to nationals in a week, and another chance to go for gold in November.

"Everything you see on TV and the athletes, everything they tell you about it, you have to magnify it five or ten times," said Rojeski.

Ahead of trials, the curling team is headed to the big apple Tuesday for an appearance on the Today Show.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.

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