I recently stumbled upon the World Men’s Championship in Curling while scrolling through the sports section and found it to be one of the most non-mainstream and intense sporting activities I’ve come across. Nicknamed ‘The Roaring Game,’ due to the sound of the 44-pound granite stone scraping across the floor when the game is played, Curling is all about getting the physics of the stone and aim just right.
Curling originated in medieval Scotland, with notes referring to a contest where stones were used on ice, from the records found way back in 1541.
The very first Curling clubs showed up in Scotland, with the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, which was formed in the year 1838, being in charge of detailing the official principles of the game. The key twentieth-century advancements in the game have been the institutionalization of the stone, developments in the delivery of the slide, and the utilization of facilities for indoor, refrigerated ice.This is an ice sport played on indoor rinks or artificial ice ponds. The playing area is titled ‘the sheet’ or ‘rink,’ and it’s surface is dotted with tiny bits of water drops turned to ice. There is a big bullseye like target known as the ‘house.’ The centers of these targets are called ‘tees.’
Participants are split up into teams and winning the game involves getting your team’s stones closer to the tee than the rival team. Such a game is divided up into ten parts, with each part being called an ‘end.’ Each team is divided up into four players with each player playing two stones to and end.
Hardly any Curling event is ever as energizing as when it is held at the Olympics. When Curling formally joined the Winter Olympic Games in 1998, it tightened up the game’s fervor level to new highs. The stage given by being a piece of the Olympics includes a strong steadfastness of fans for each group. When twisting groups go head on, it’s a fight for the nation’s pride.
The chronicled relationship between the Olympics and the game of curling has been a perplexing one. The Winter Olympic Games first put curing into play 1924, yet then was then downsized as a demo sport in 1932. It wasn’t until 1998 that the advisory group invited curling back as one of the official competitive sports. In spite of, or maybe due to, this past exclusion by the Olympics board of trustees, the re-participating in the Winter Olympic Games has been a noteworthy reason for the increase in the game’s popularity.
The skip in the game has a lot of stress on his or her head. Their job is calling the shots, much like a catcher in the sports softball. The skipper uses hand signs to signal out to the rest of the team, letting them know what’s happening. The team in response signs back and this communication lets the sweeper know where the stones need to end up based on the orientation of the throw. I couldn’t always figure out what the hand signs meant, which added to the excitement as I watched the team decode and in some cases miss the shots called.
Also, the lightest of touches can land the stone in very different direction, if there wasn’t already enough reasons to be on the edge of your seat. Every member of the team has a role in sweeping the stone, and even the slightest bit of poor coordination can cost the team valuable time and points. Have the time of your life watching or playing this engaging sport.