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Published February 08, 2014, 11:56 AM

Get into the Olympic spirit right here at home

BISMARCK – The 2014 Olympic Winter Games may be happening far away in Sochi, Russia, but North Dakota tourism officials say there are plenty of ways for local residents to get into the Olympic spirit right here.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

BISMARCK – The 2014 Olympic Winter Games may be happening far away in Sochi, Russia, but North Dakota tourism officials say there are plenty of ways for local residents to get into the Olympic spirit right here.

The Department of Commerce’s Tourism Division said the Olympic-bound Lamoureux sisters, who grew up in Grand Forks, cut their teeth in hockey by playing on the city’s English Coulee. Hockey stars of tomorrow can get started honing their skills with pond hockey (www.ndpondhockey.com), or can find inspiration by watching University of North Dakota hockey, the United States Hockey League and the North American Hockey League.

Pick up a broom and get ready to throw rocks by trying your hand at curling. Find out more about the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club by visiting www.fmcurling.org.

Snowboarding and downhill skiing enthusiasts will find plenty of places to practice on the state’s resorts, which include Huff Hills, Frostfire Ski Resort and Bottineau Winter Park.

Sledding and cross country skiing is also possible in many state or city parks.

North Dakotans can use the winter months to train for upcoming marathons, starting with the first race of the season, the Frozen Feat in Grand Forks next Saturday (www.frozenfeat.com).

Or, turn a weekend getaway in North Dakota into a cultural escape like the athletes are getting now in the Olympic Village by visiting one of the state’s hidden gems.

For more ideas on how to make the most of North Dakota’s activities and amenities, visit NDtourism.com or call (701) 328-2525.

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