Fitter, tougher, and tested

As the youngest member of the US curling team at the 2014 Sochi Games, Minnesota-native Jared Zezel has set his sights on continuing to compete at an elite level while learning from every game and improving his skills while being part of the team. In fact, he was so passionate about the growing sport that he even put his education on hold to pursue a spot at the 2014 Games. He’s part of curling’s new breed of younger and fitter players, practicing for two hours every day and getting into the gym at least three times a week.

The US national team has even brought in a Scottish coach in an effort to bring more medals home. To make American curlers better, he’s prescribed a program that includes weekly fitness routines, video analysis of curlers’ forms, and even sports psychology with a staff psychologist. “According to our coach, the keys to our future success are our fitness, our technical ability, and our mental toughness,” Jared said. “The most challenging part is the mental aspect. You need to be mentally tough in curling because you definitely do not make every shot—you need to learn how to forget about poor shots in the past in order to make better shots in the present.”

  • 2014 Sochi Games competitor
  • 2013 National Championships third
  • 2012 National Championships third
  • 2011 World Junior Championships sixth
  • 2011 junior national champion

“I want to become known as one of the best curlers that has ever played. And you can only do that if you’re willing to put in the work to make it happen.”


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