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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ESL Student Blog: Unusual Winter Olympic Sports - Curling

Being an official sport of the Winter Olympic Games since 1998, curling is a team sport played on ice. One of the world’s oldest sports that was invented in Scotland, it’s considered a hybrid of bowling, pool and golf.

How is curling played?

Two teams of four players each take turns sliding stones along the ice to a colored circle, called the house. The objective is to place a stone closest to the center of the house. Players also try to knock the other team’s stones out of the way in the process.
While one of the players (the lead) slides the stone on the ice, the other two players sweep the ice with brooms in front of the moving stone to control the speed and direction of the stone.

Why is it called curling?

As the stones move toward the target, they turn and twist (or curl).

What’s unusual about curling?

- Curling is played on ice that is bumpy, not smooth. The little bumps, that make the stones curl, are made by sprinkling hot water across the rink.

- Rather than physical strength, curling demands strategy, precision and skill. Because the players have to plan their next steps ahead, curling is often called “chess on ice”.

What’s the best part about curling?

Curling knows no age limit, being a game for the young and old!
Would you give it a try?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:22 PM
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