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High school curlers learn from three-time Olympian

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- High school curlers in the Wausau area hit the ice Wednesday afternoon, but they got a special treat—a chance to learn from a three-time Olympian.

Debbie McCormick is a Wisconsin native. She competed in curling at the Olympics in 1998, 2002, and 2010. This week she came to Wausau to share her knowledge with aspiring curlers.

"I've competed pretty much all my life in curling, and curling is a lifetime sport," said McCormick.

McCormick told students about the importance of exercising, working as a team, and communicating. She also told stories from her experience in the Olympics.

"When they hand you that jersey and jacket that has your name on it and you realize you're competing for the United States in curling, and you're representing the whole curling community and your country, it's just a huge thrill," said McCormick.

Wausau East student Tyler Berens says listening to McCormick—a multi-year Olympian—was humbling.

"It really gives a nice perspective," said Berens.

McCormick says she hopes her message will inspire those students to work hard and enjoy curling for the rest of their lives. She also says she hopes to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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