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Former B.U. professor to officiate Olympic curling

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Hundreds of Americans are going to Sochi to compete in the Olympics, thousands are going to watch, but very few are going to officiate the games.

Herb Kupchik will be one of them. He’s one of only two Americans chosen to officiate the curling events at this year’s Olympics.

Kupchik first tried curling in Wayland, Mass. 25 years ago. It was love at first throw.

"I was curling Monday night, Wednesday night Thursday morning, Thursday night, Saturday morning I just fell in love with it,” he said.

But as his age went up and his chance of making an Olympic curling team went down. Kupchik, a retired Boston University professor, threw himself into officiating.

He did local, regional and national tournaments, and when he retired and moved to Delaware, he became a regular at the Philadelphia Curling Club.

He also put something special at the top of his bucket list: Officiate at the Olympics.

"I dreamed it, I didn't think it. I always wanted to at least see the Olympics, participate in the Olympics was something unheard of for me,” he said.

But Herb's dream is now coming true.

Herb won't throw a stone in Sochi, he won't sweep it home either, but he says he will enjoy every Olympic moment.

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