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Introduction to Curling
History of Curling:
The sport of curling was invented in late medieval Scotland in February 1541. The evidence for this is a curling stone with that date engraved on it. The word curling itself first came up in writing in 1620 in Perth in the preface and the verses of a poem by Henry Adamson. The first curling club in the world, founded in 1716, is Kilsyth Curling Club. The curling club is still in existence today. The sport is known as the 'roaring game' in Scotland.
Early stones were flat-bottomed river rocks, whereas today there are different stones. Also, in the early days, players delivered their stone directly with a push from the foothold frozen in the ice at both ends of the sheet. Now, players start with a slide before releasing the stone.
Many wives would keep her husband's brass curling stone handle on the mantelpiece, always polished until he used it next.
The World Curling Federation is located in Scotland. The game is also firmly established in Canada today. The first United States curling club began in 1830 in Orchard Lake, Michigan. The first world curling championship by men was known as the Scotch Cup held in Scotland in 1959, and it was won by the Canadian team.
Good curling teamwork video:
Rules of Curling:
-Team sport with 4 players on a team
-The 2 competing teams take turns sliding stones across the ice towards the circular target marked on the ice. Each of the 2 teams has 8 stones. The goal is to get the highest score for a game. The points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the target after both teams have thrown all stones.
-A game can have 8 or 10 ends, which is finished when both teams have thrown all of their stones
-The curler can cause a curved path of the stone and the path of the rock can be influenced even more by 2 sweepers (the brooms can change the ice's state in front of the stone)
-Teamwork is key
Some good pictures: