Several Northlanders are descending on Omaha, Nebraska this weekend for the U.S. Curling Olympic Trials.
There, teams will compete to earn the chance to be the one team to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in February.
Aileen Geving grew up in Duluth, as she learned to curl in town.
"My dad pushed it onto me when I was about ten years old, Geving said. "I had no interest in it at all, then he took me out there a few times and I fell in love with the sport."
Four-time junior national Champion Cory Christensen has a similar story.
"Parents both did it, so I grew up watching my parents curl down at the curling club all the time," she said. "I've always considered it a second family to me. It's a great community of people and they've always supported me through all of my curling career. And it's just really great to have a group like that watching me while I compete over seas or in Canada."
Geving works a full-time job, Christensen is taking college courses around her training. When winter arrives, they agree that their discipline is put to the test.
"A normal day I would get up early, go to the gym and then I work an eight hour day and go to the club and go home make dinner go to bed and do it all over again," Geving said.
"Gym in the morning and then usually practice right after that.," Christensen said. "I also work at Dick's sporting goods, so I try to fit in a little bit of work too."
On the men's side, John Landsteiner is a bronze-medal winning curler who lives, works, and curls in Duluth. Although it can be tough managing a full-time job, work, family, and curling, Landsteiner says it's worth it.
"It's the people, you make a lot of friends, but it's also a good game to be involved in and people are extremely nice," he said. "It's also a competitive game as well."
A former UMD Bulldog turned engineer, Landsteiner is training to be one of the best curlers in the world. His time on the ice yields recognition while out and about.
"We were standing up in the seats with people that we knew, and some random guy came up and said oh man you're like a world champion curler and your just standing up here talking to us. This is cool! And I was like yeah, I'm pretty normal."
Now you might think that fame could go to someone's head, but that's not the case with Landsteiner.
"Sometimes it doesn't always stick with you in the daily grind, but when you step back and look at what you've done and what you have the ability to do and opportunities it is pretty awesome."
Geving, Christiansen and Landsteiner are just three out of several Northlanders competing to represent our country on the biggest stage, and they may be united by the sport they play, but come trials, it's competition according to Christensen.
"It's really exciting. It's coming up fast and I think we're all excited to just get on the ice."