An interesting and very old sport in Russia that will be competing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is Curling.
Curling was born long ago in 1541 in Scotland. And the first time the sport made its debut at the Olympic Games was in 1924 at Chamonix. But it was not until the 1998 Nagano Olympics that ice hockey was brought back to the official games at the Winter Olympics.
Curling seems simple and easy to play but not so. It is also a sport that combines both personal and teamwork, as well as the tactics needed to win, so it is also known as ice chess.
Curling competes within the area of a rectangular ice rink of 42.06m long and 4.75m wide, similar to a bowling alley. At the two ends of the ice rink, there are two circles of blue outer border, white edge, red inner band and white center with the radius of 1.83m, 1.22m, 0.61m and 0.15m respectively. Players of both teams will stand at the two ends of the field called “Hack” to throw weights towards the center of the “house” circle at the other end of the field.
The dumbbell used in Curling is called “Stone”, which is a 20kg round stone slab with a handle on the top for players to pick up and throw on the ice.
Looking at the form of competition of the shot on the barbell is quite simple. However, in fact this subject requires a very high level of precision every time the players calculate the coordinates and directions to coordinate with the hand throwing the dumbbell to the target position. Curling is also an object that is carefully analyzed about the impact of the friction force and the direction of the dumbbell’s rotation, making it more interesting for fans to learn the natural principles of matter. Therefore, throwing weightlifting on ice also needs sophisticated tactics. Not only that, Curling also causes the athletes to lose a lot of energy.