Curling is an Olympic sport in which players slide heavy granite stones down a sheet of ice towards a target area. Two teams, each with four players and eight stones, take turns sliding these stones toward the house, a circular target marked on the ice.
The path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to change the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation.
The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.
A curling match is traditionally followed by “broomstacking,” or after-game socializing. This unique sport is all about fun, strategy, fitness and teamwork, and allows people of nearly any age or level of athletic ability to get involved.
The Spirit of Curling
Curling is a game of skill and traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see, and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honored traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose, rather than win unfairly.
A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent another curler from playing his or her best.
No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if a curler should so inadvertently and be aware of it, he or she is the first to divulge the breach.
While the main objective of the game is to determine the relative skills of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling, and honorable conduct. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.
*from the USCA web site
Want to Know More?
Olympic hopeful and Charlotte Curling Association member Jamie Sinclair runs a great video series on YouTube! Check out the Curl Up With Jamie series for tips and tricks for improving your curling skills. The first in the series focuses on balance:
For further information, try the following links:
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