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Summer Series #7: Curling

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Many people are familiar with curling. It is often on TV and it has been an Olympic sport since 1988. In fact, in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver the men’s curling team won a gold medal and the women’s team silver. I have always thought curling was a really cool sport but have never really try it. I hope that one day I will.


Curling is a sport in which two teams compete to score the most points by throwing their 42lbs. polished granite stones (a.k.a. Rocks) closest to the innermost circle in the house (circle markings on the ice). When all of the rocks have been thrown, it is a conclusion of that round and the points are counted based on what rocks still remain in the house. This game is played on a sheet of ice called a curling sheet. There are four players on a team; a lead, a second, a vice skip and a skip. (Click here to find out more about these positions).


Curling has a long history dating back to medieval Scotland. There have been paintings depicting people sliding rocks on sheets of ice. As well, an old curling stone was found with the date 1511 on it. From the 16th to 19th century, outdoor curling proved to be very popular among men in Scotland and in 1716, the first recorded club in the world was formally created. This club is still around today. Curling has been around a very long time and proves to be a simple, yet challenging sport.

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