It’s still more than a year away, but Lake Placid will be getting back to doing what it does best - host winter games.

The 2023 FISU World University Games will feature 2,500 athletes from 50 different countries and they'll be competing in 12 sports and 86 medal events.

One of those events is gaining in popularity, curling. And if you’ve never seen it in the Olympics, a Capital Region curling club gave me a crash course.

Two four person teams glide eight stones each on a long sheet of ice aiming for a bullseye like target called The House.

"You alternate shots. Whoever is closest to the center, for every stone they have closer than their opponents they score a point," Dion Warr, Schenectady Curling Club president said.

Curling was added to the Olympics in 1998, capturing an unexpected TV audience. In response, local clubs like this one sprung up all across the country.

"In October, we had some learn to curl, people came out for an hour and a half and they were curling in leagues in two weeks," Warr said.

Designed by an illustration student from just outside Rochester, Adirondack Mac is the mascot for the FISU World University Games in lake placid in 2023. Oh, and he's an expert at curling.

The FISU Games take place in January of 2023 and to learn more, click here.