Is curling the Winter Games’ most misunderstood sport? Not anymore!
Take the quiz below to get the scoop on this surprisingly complicated, surprisingly old, and surprisingly strategic sport.
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Curling is thought to have been invented in which country?
Curling is believed to have been created in the late 16th century in Scotland.
True or False: Curlers wear skates on the ice.
False. Olympic curlers wear leather shoes with different types of tread depending on their position on the team to help them either slide or grip the ice.
What is a curling sheet?
A curling sheet is the ice curlers play on. Unlike the ice for most winter sports, it is specially treated and maintained so that it pebbles — meaning the ice is not completely smooth.
True or False: Curling stones can only be found on a specific mountain in Scotland.
Professional curlers, and especially Scottish curlers, typically agree that the highest quality curling stones can only be found on the Ailsa Craig, an island off the coast of Scotland. The rock there is a specific type of granite called ailsaite, which has a very low point of water absorption, making the stone move easier across the ice.
What is an “eye on the hog?”
An eye on the hog is a relatively new innovation in curling — a specialized handle curlers use to throw the stone. It’s equipped with electronic sensors so judges can tell if it crosses the starting line too soon, and at the end, precisely how close it is to the ring.
What do the sweepers accomplish as they sweep the ice in front of the stone?
The sweepers actually produce heat, which melts the ice in front of the stone and moves it along the ice.
How do you score a point in curling?
The team with the most rocks closest to the button at the end of eight rock deliveries gets a point.
True or False: Curling is often considered the chess of the Winter Games.
True. Because of the strategy involved in the game, curling is often compared to chess.