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Popularity of Ice Sports Heats Up

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From hockey to figure skating, you don't have to watch the Olympics to find some talent on the ice.

There are plenty of young skaters with lots of potential, skating their stuff and practicing new moves at the local skating rinks in Bismarck.

There are two rinks at the VFW Sports Center, one for hockey and one for ice skating, and they are both pretty crowded.

All ages and abilities turn out for the open skate on Sundays, and interest in ice sports might be heating up for a couple of reasons.

"Well probably because, I mean I think North Dakotans are just kind of avid skaters from hockey to figure skating, but the Olympics, watching that, wanting to get out and do the same things, and it's just too cold to be outside today!" says Kimberly Holtan.

This rink is open on Sundays from 3 to 5.

And now, a throwback to the days before fancy ice rinks was held just outside the Scheel's Arena in Fargo this weekend.

The third annual Pond Hockey Classic pits adult hockey teams against each other.

Scheel's Arena and Fargo Parks organize the tournament as a way to take advantage of the winter weather.

And the prize? Just as old fashioned... Bragging rights.

"Kind of the prize is just the pride of knowing that you won it's kind of a throwback to the way hockey was in its original form which is on the ponds. So, we do have a prideful thing going on inside where we have a golden sled, and the winners names get put on that each year."

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