Dozens of Otago's finest curlers take their game to Cardrona

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Forget the bikinis and skatdly clad athletes in Rio, let's turn our attention to a version of our own winter Olympics.

At an ice rink ONE News reporter George Berry was given the privilege of finding out what curling is all about.
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At an ice rink usually off limits to cameras, we were given the priviledge of finding out what curling is all about.

Brushing off what's been a rather bleak Otago ice season and braving a bitterly cold day we found curler Jack Davis 1,600 metres high up in the clouds of Cardrona.

"It's not bad, we've had a little bit of of antifreeze to keep us right curling," said Davis.

"I think with the wind chill, it's probably minus six degrees."

He was joined by nearly a hundred of the region's finest curlers.

"Oh yeah I think so you can see these superb athletes, they're well dressed but if they stripped off they cut a fine form," said Cadron Curling Club president Roger Gardiner.

This sheet of ice is usually off limits to cameras, reserved for testing tyres and tomorrow's cars.

"There's a lot of etiquette around is as well, it can look a little disheveled on occasions but there's a lot of rules out there. There's no swearing on the ice, they're not allowed to drink on the ice and they can only have a drink when the skip sends them to have a drink," Gardiner said.

With a keenness to retain its traditions, but be innovative to try new things. Curling seems at no risk of ever being frozen in time.

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