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Meet the first family of U.S. curling

The family that curls together stays together.

Just ask Erika Brown and her curling-mad family.

Erika and her brother Craig were "basically raised" at the local curling club in Wisconsin while their parents competed in evening leagues. When Erika and Craig were old enough, they joined mother Diane and father Steve on the ice.

"Curling has been such a big part of our relationship," Erika said. "It's something that we've been able to share throughout the years and always will.

"It really was just part of who we were as a family."

Steve has competed at the curling world championships, Diane was an alternate at the Olympics and Craig has been a national champion. At just 15 years old, Erika qualified for the Calgary Olympics in 1988.

For the Sochi Games, Erika will captain the U.S. women's curling team and Craig will be the first alternate for the U.S. men's team. Steve will coach the U.S. at the Paralympic Games.

"It's truly the last, I like to say, great amateur sport there is," Steve said.

"There was always curling 'stuff' in the house," Craig said. "It just seemed normal because that's how it always was."

Curling is also the focus of the family business. Steve's Curling Supplies has existed for 38 years and is the largest store of its kind in America. Craig bought the store from his parents and now manages it with the help of Steve and Diane.

"The curling has been the glue, you might say, holding everything together for all of us," Diane said. "It's our interest, it's our lifestyle."

 

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