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Curling..”2010 Winter Olympics”

Posted on: February 18, 2010

Curling

Some people may think that Curling is boring, and lame but it is only because they don’t  quite understand how the game works. Curling is played on a sheet of ice about 150 ft. long and 15 ft. wide. After a smooth ice sheet is prepared, the playing surface is sprayed with water droplets that eventually freeze and create a pebbled surface. The friction cause by the stone passing over these pebbles, in combination with rotating the stone upon releasing it, is what causes the stone to “curl” as it travels down ice. The stone is the object slid by the person.  The main object of curling is to slide your stone from one end of the curling sheet into the red, white, or blue bulls-eye at the other end. The bulls-eye is referred to as “the house.” The  team whose stone is closest o the center of the house receives one point for each of their stones that are closer than their opponents stone. A curling match usually consist of 10 ends, or like 10 innings in a baseball game. In a single end, four-man teams alternatively slide large, granite stones along a sheet of ice toward the house. Each team member throws two stones for a total of 16 stones thrown per end. The game beings when the first curler pushes off the “hack” and delivers his stone before reaching the first hog line. The “hack” is a foothold, similar to a runners starting block, they use this to gain momentum. After the stone is thrown, two members of the team begin to sweep the ice in front of the moving stone with a curling broom. Sweeping the ice reduces the amount of friction between the stone and the ice and allows the stone to travel farther and straighter. Being able to curl a stone is essential to getting around “guard rocks” and into proper scoring position within the house.

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