Do we have any experts...

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    Feb 14, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    ..or even regular players that could explain the sport/game of CURLING?...when did this become an OLYMPIC sport?
  • Nodak

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    Feb 14, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    Well, I'm no expert but live 15 miles from the Canadian border so have watched it on their TV. The object is to get a stone closest to the center of the rings (called the button). The closest stone counts one point. The team with the closest will get an additional point for each of their stones that are closer to the button than the opposing teams closest stone.
  • treader

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    Feb 14, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    I'm not an expert nor have I even watched curling but here's what I found after searching:

    The official Olympics page on curling states:

    "At the Olympic Winter Games, curling consists of two events: a women's tournament and a men's tournament. Each tournament starts with 10 curling teams. Two teams play against each other at a time. The game is played on ice, and the two teams take turns pushing 19.1-kilogram stones towards a series of concentric rings or circles. The object is to get the stones as close to the centre of the rings as possible.

    One game consists of 10 "ends" (similar to innings in baseball). During each end, each four-person team "throws" (in fact, slides along the ice) eight stones - two stones per person and 16 altogether. Team members sweep the ice clean in front of each stone to control the stone's direction, known as its "curl," and the stone's speed. The team with the most points - more stones closer to the centre of the rings - at the conclusion of 10 ends, is the winner."

    Here's a short history of curling in the Olympics which explains how it was added as an Olympic sport.

    Hmmm, now I might actually watch it...

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    Feb 14, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    Heheh, Dad was an avid fan and played every weekend at the local curling rink. Us kids went because of the cafeteria and to play hide n seek in the coatroom.

    All that sweeping just to get the stone an inch or two closer. Popular sport in the prairies.

    Good links, treader!
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    Feb 14, 2010 10:18 PM GMT

    Hugely Popular game in Saskatwchewan, High Schools have Curling teams that participate in league play, much like basketball or football.


    A team game in which, players slide stones down a narrow lane of ice with the objective of stopping them as close as possible to the target area. Teammates generally sweep the ice in front of the stones to improve accuracy.

    The Game


    Two teams of four players throw 2 stones each over 10 ends:

    Order of play

    The lead, the second, the third and the skip, who is the team captain throw in that order against their counterparts from the opposing team.


    During each round or 'end', only one team can score and points are awarded for each stone that is closest to the target or 'button'. Points are added for each stone between the button and the opposing team's nearest stone. The team with the highest score wins.

    The tournament

    Ten teams play each other in a round-robin format with points awarded for victories. The top four teams advance to the semi-finals (1st vs 4th - 2nd v 3rd).

    Important Dates

    * 16th century : Approximate first dates that curling is played in Scotland.
    * 18th century : Introduction of curling in Canada by Scottish soldiers. The North American country later becomes a stronghold of the sport.
    * 1795 : Elaboration of first rules are made more "contemporary" by members of the Duddingstone Curling Club.
    * 1858 : Final definition of rules are introduced by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.
    * 1924 : Curling appears as a demonstration sport at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix. Curling features at the Games in 1932, 1936, 1964, 1988 and 1992 each time as a demonstration sport.
    * 1959 : The first Scottish Cup takes place and is classed as the world championships. This competition would be renamed "The Silver Broom" from 1968 to 1985.
    * 1979 : The first women's world championships are held and are won by Switzerland.
    * 1986 : First world championships are held, taking over from "The Silver Broom" and are won by Canada.
    * 1988 : Curling is reintroduced as a demonstration sport at the Winter Games in Calgary, the sports first appearance since 1932.
    * 1998 : Curling appears for the first time as an official sport at the Winter Olympics in Nagano. Switzerland and Canada win the men's and women's titles respectively.
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    Feb 14, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    Again with these questions....GOOGLE!
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    Feb 15, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    I always imagined it to be sort of a boring game and then quite a few years ago I got sort of roped into joining a league at work (having never played before). It wasn't as bad as I'd imagined and in a way was sort of like bowling which I do like. I think anyone who enjoys bowling would probably like the game as well once they tried it.
    It definitely a game of skill and not strength.
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    Feb 15, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    blame broom companies lobbying.
  • geojock

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    Feb 15, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    I am no expert but I come from a small prairie town and curled during high school.

    Its a hard sport to explain and, like most games, the only way to get the hang of it is to play it. But the main idea is to try and get your rocks closer to the centre of the rings (think shuffleboard or boliche). The difficulty is that you are throwing it down a long sheet of ice so you have to judge weight accordingly. It is called curling because you cant aim directly at where you want the rock to land, you aim to the left or right and twist the rock as you through it. So not only do you need to have the correct weight but there needs to be an idea of how much the ice surface is curling. (This is why there are the brooms. They sweep in order to keep the rock from slowing down or to keep it from curling to much.)

    So when you are watching a game there is a skip at the far end who will tap the ice where he wants the rock to end up, then he will hold his broom at a spot he wants the person throwing the rock to aim. The skip has the most important job as he plans where the rocks will go, where they will be taken out, where to set up blocks. The strategy is actually very intense and often the difference b/w winning and losing is the bredth of a hair.

    Hope this helps a bit! Once you know how it works curling is pretty addictive to watch and to play as well!