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Curling its nickname of "Chess On Ice"

What is curling? ●

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Originated in the 1500's on the marshes of Scotland A team sport played on ice Curling is an Olympic medal sport Two teams of four players each slide 42-pound granite rocks down a sheet of ice 1400 feet long by 15 feet wide The rocks are delivered from one end center of a 12-foot diameter target

Curling Game Play • Competitive play usually consists of ten ends • An end consists of a player from each team throwing two rocks down the ice with the players on each side alternating shots The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game, points being scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house • It is not uncommon for a losing team to end the match before all the ends are completed if they don’t think they have a chance of winning • In international competition, each side is given 73 minutes to complete all their throws The winner is the team with the highest score after all ends have been completed

What are they doing to the ice? â—?

A unique part of curling is the concept of sweeping. Players vigorously sweep, or brush theice in front of the rock to keep it moving. The friction and resulting heat of the brooms momentarily melts amolecular layer of the ice in front of the rock. This thin layer lubricates the bottom of the rock allowing it to travel farther and straighter.

The Object of the Game ●

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The Object : “Throw” rocks closest to the center of the 12-foot ringto score points The targets are painted into the ice just below the surface at bothends of the sheet of ice The game to be played back and forth, usually eight or ten times Each player throws two rocks toward the target, alternating with theopponent. Rocks traveling down the ice will curve anywhere from sixinches to six feet. After all sixteen rocks have been thrown the score is determined. Teams score one point for each rock closest to the center of thehouse without an opponent's rock closer. In each end (similar to aninning in baseball), only one team can score.

Curling vocabulary

END- the part of competitnion. The game may consist of 8 or 10 ends.

HOUSE- the circle on the end of a sheet of ice which a curler try to thrown the stone down.

CURLING BROOM- the brush, is used to sweep the ice surface in the path of the stone.

THE SKIP- is the captain of a curling team and, in conjunction with the team, determines strategy.

'BURNING' A STONE- the moment when player accidentaly touch a stone with their broom or body part.

GUARDS, DRAWS, TAKEOUTS- different types of shoots.

HAMMER- last-rock or last-stone advantage in an end of game.

'THE HOG-TO-HOG'- is the speed of the stone and is the time in seconds the rock takes from the moment it crosses the near line till it crosses the far line.

Does the rock really curl? ●

Rocks are intentionally rotated as they are thrown. The friction of the rock’s small surface area on the bumpy curling ice (as opposed to smooth surfaces for hockey or figure skating) causes the rock to swing anywhere from 2-5 feet depending on the pebble (bumpiness) of the ice, humidity in the air around the ice, and amount of speed and sweeping during the delivery of the rock.

Currently World Champions is Sweden and Canada

C urling Facts • There are 1.4 million curlers in the world • 1.2 million of them live in Canada • The granite for curling rocks come from only two quarries in the entire world • Each rock costs about $500 USD • The person delivering the rock slides on the ice due to a thin layer of Teflon glued on the bottom of one shoe • Like golf, curlers call penalties on themselves for rules violations • The winning team buys drinks for the losing team after the game

Curling As An Amateur Sport

C anadian bons piels offer cash prizes ; however, there are no fulltime professional curlers • Curling returned to the Winter Olympics in 1998 • By comparison, most competitive curlers are older than athletes in other sports • These days junior curling has become very popular • Curling is considered a very social sport and drinking beer after matches is common • Curling is one of those rare sports that can be enjoyed and/or played competitively for almost any age group



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