Before the 2018 Winter Olympics, there might only be skiing or figure-skating which caught all spectators and Olympics fans attention. However, after the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place on Feb 8th, it was curling that started to make a huge impression on fans. Many people paid accomplishment to this brand new sports which totally enchanted and took their hearts away. However, to be honest, just a few curling fans actually know the rules as well as the origin of this sport. Below are some of the certain rules which curling fans should better get a clue to have a more thorough insight into their favorite sports.
What is Curling?
Curling is a sport that requires the whole team of about 4 players involved. It is played on an ice field in the shape of a rectangular with the participation of 2 teams, each team has 4 players. Curling is played with two types of brooms, either a brush “push-broom” in another name or a corn/straw/Canadian broom. These brooms are used to push large, dense granite rocks that weigh 44 pounds per broom. They are called curling rocks or curling stones. They are made of rare granite which is extracted from the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig. Curling gets another name as “the roaring game” because the stones while moving across the ice create such a loud rumbling sound. Players often play curling on a 42.07-meter-long and 4.28-meter-wide rink with a target or house (one is blue and the other is red with the circle shape on the ice). The surface of the ring is made from artificially created ice being sprinkled with water droplets meant to freeze into small drops on the surface. This is called “pebbled ice”. Pebbled ice is used to aid in the stone’s grip with the viewing to make curling more consistent.
Curlers’ mission is to draw their stones as close to the center of these circles as possible. The more scores they can make, the closer they will be to the victory. Curlers need to use sweeping brooms to upgrade the speed of each stone. Some special curling shoes are utilized by players to grip the ice well.