What is a curling?

Team sport of precision, stamina and sweeping.

Have you watched the Winter Olympics? Then you may have noticed on TV a group of people wearing the same jerseys who run on ice with strange brooms, sweeping in front of a granite with a grip and trying to transport it to blue-red circles. Yes, that's exactly curling.

Curling is a popular winter sport that was first played in the 16th century in Scotland. And they already knew what fun it was. There are 2 teams of 4 players facing each other. They have brooms, a set of granite stones and stand on an ice sheet with a specially treated surface.

When playing, each curler should follow a code of ethics called the Curling Ghost. Check it out.

What is a curling sheet?

Unlike ordinary ice, which you know from hockey or figure skating, the curling is covered with small frozen water droplets (so-called pebble). This makes the stone slide faster. Curling is usually played in a covered hall to prevent the ice from melting or otherwise loosing its play properties.

The sheet is 44.5 meters long and 4.75 meters wide. It has painted circles at each end in white (the very center), red, again white and blue (the outer) color. Along the entire length of the surface you will also find several lines to tell you when to throw the stone and where the playing field begins.


What is it all about?

And now comes the right fun. The goal is to get as many of your stones as possible from one side to the other - and ideally as close as possible to the center of the circle. One of the players (the so-called skip) stands in the opposite circle and guides you to where the stone should end. Another player discards the stone (in a special position, the so-called slide), while his two partners sweep the stone in front of a moving stone to speed it up if necessary. The more stones you place closer to the center than your opponent, the more points you get. The game consists of several rounds (ends) and the team wins the highest score at the end.


Everyone can read about it, but have you tried curling firsthand? That's just something.