What is Curling?

History of Curling

Curling originated from Scotland in the 16th Century. It featured as a demonstration event at the 1924 Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France, and was formally added as a medal sport event at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Today, the main Olympic medal disciplines include: Men’sWomen’s, and Mixed Doubles, while the Paralympic discipline is Wheelchair Curling.

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History of Curling

How do you play curling?

2 teams slide 20kg granite stones across a sheet of curling ice toward the "house" (the circular target)
the stones travel on a naturally "curved" path
Sweeping makes stone travel a straighter path and longer distance.
Points are scored for stones resting closest to centre of the house after each end (there are usually 8 to 10 "ends" in each curling game)

Why do we love curling?

Curling may look easy but it is harder than you think!

Curling is a precision sport which demands:
  • Balance (falling happens to the best of us ...)
  • Physical Strength (sweeping continuously takes energy ...)
  • Teamwork (it’s not just shouting and yelling, but making judgment calls based on constant communication with the players …)
  • Strategy (there are endless scenarios involving different tactics … that’s why curling is sometimes known as “chess on ice”).