It’s already been two weeks since the end of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Maine is a natural fit and even training ground for many Winter sporting events, and there is no surprise to see a natural crossover of interests for Maine sports fans and Winter Olympics viewers. Maine’s hockey and skiing traditions are obvious, but what about some of the lesser known sports?
For those looking to get their Olympics fix, here are some local organizations, events, and programs to keep you involved until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The recently revived World Pro Ski Tour concludes at the end of March in Sunday River. For those fascinated by the intense Olympic slalom races, the nationally televised event will be a great opportunity to stay updated, and occurs right in our own backyard.
A spark of interest in the sport of curling resulted in an almost immediate signup of all available spots for the March and April Learn to Curl classes offered by the Pine Tree Curling Club in Portland. There is also the Belfast Curling Club to check out as well.
For Portland residents, you can always try reaching out to Pine Tree or checking back during the Fall for more beginner classes, or even try to build your own outdoor curling rink.
Cape Elizabeth native Clare Egan was unable to take home a medal for Team USA in the biathlon, but did shoot a perfect 10 for 10 in the Women’s 4 by 6 KM relay.
An amateur biathlon circuit previously hosted events across the state, but has been quiet since the 2016 Championship event in Presque Isle. You can always try contacting BiathlonMaine for more information.
Figure Skating and Speed Skating
North Atlantic Figure Skating Club promotes the sport of figure skating at every level across Greater Portland and Southern Maine.
Great Atlantic Speedskating Club is Maine’s only short track speedskating club. The season runs from September to April at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth, including both adult and youth competitions.
For those who want to learn more about some of the Winter events, the site SportsForBeginners.com has guides for beginners interested in Curling, Skeleton, Biathlon, and Figure Skating. For example, even though there are no tracks nearby, there are introductory bobsled and skeleton experiences available to the public at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, NY.