DULUTH, MN-- A 2022 Olympic hopeful is staying busy during the off-season, launching the first of its kind virtual training program for junior curlers.
Korey Dropkin announced on Monday the creation of "KD's Club", a program designed to teach junior players an array of skills both on and off the ice.
Set to begin in August, KD's Club will have three identical, six-week virtual divisions focusing on dryland conditioning.
The three divisions consist of players from the greater Denver area, the Grand National Curling Club region, and finally all junior U.S. curlers.
Dropkin says one of the reasons he created the program is because fitness has become a huge factor in curling.
"Curling's really, you're consistently doing a extended lunge and it's on ice. So, one it's slippery and you have to work on your stability muscles and your mobility. We just found that the more fitness focused the curlers become, the more consistent and the easier it is to improve in the sport," said Dropkin.
With the program already on Dropkin's plate, that hasn't shied him away from his routine with his teammates, who are chasing a 2022 Winter Olympic berth.
"Really just continuing to focus on areas we can improve our fitness level, our mental game, and really just being able to improve on our focus on the little pieces that will make a difference when it comes time to compete again," added Dropkin.
For more information on the program, click here.