Curling stones weigh between 38 and 44 pounds (17-20kg).
~Usually 42 lbs
The profesionals have been taken all the medeals so more people have decided to become a profesional.
All members of the curling team throw stones. Every end, they take turns throwing 2 stones each in the order of: Lead, Second, Third/Vice/Mate, Skip.
The person who is currently delivering their stone could be called the thrower.
Most weigh around 42 lbs. They must be between 38 and 44 lbs per World Curling Federation rules.
Sweeping the ice quickly can warm up the ice and create a thin film of water, which helps the rock to go farther and into the house (a.k.a. target). Sweeping also makes the rock curl less as it travels down the ice, allowing you to help a rock travel straighter if it looks like it will curl too much for the result you wanted.
No difference - just different names for the same thing. It's not uncommon to hear people switch between referring to them as either stones or rocks, since both terms are widely-used and interchangeable.
"Rock" is probably the more popular term in the U.S., while "stone" is probably more popular in Canada.
"Broom" and "brush" are also interchangeable. "Brush" is not used much in the U.S., more so in Canada. Neither term is really too fitting anymore, though, since most curling brooms are now made with a rough synthetic fabric covering a foam pad, rather than the more traditional horse hair or straw bristles.
Curling stones are made by two companies.
Kays of Scotland uses granite mined from Ailsa Craig, a small island off the west coast of Scotland.
Canadian Curling Stone Co. uses granite from Trefor quarry in Wales, U.K.
Curling is an ice sport played in many areas. it is an olympic sport and it first came from Sctoland.
The pants are made by a company called Loudmouth Golf based out of Britain.
Here's a link to the red/blue/white pants:
Here's the more subdued red/white/grey pants they've worn in other games:
Both of those sites are for shipping to Europe, but you can go back to the main Loudmouth site for shipping to North America.
It is a display of the state of sensors in the ice and stone. If the stone has not been released by the time it reaches the hog line, the light will turn red and the stone must be removed from play.
The goal is to score more points than your opponent. You score points by getting your rocks closer to the button (center circle) than their rocks, or more of your rocks in a scoring position that they get over the duration of play.
The basic object of curling is to place your stone closest to the center of the 12 foot circular target area (the House).
Each team has four players.
A throwers teammates may use brooms or brushes to direct the stone's path. Brushing the ice creates a thin film of water that allows the stone to move more easily.
There are ten ends (much like innings in baseball.)
In each end teams alternate shots until sixteen stones have been thrown (actually, stone slide, they are not literally thrown)
Players throw two of their team's stones then change position, with the best player typically throwing last
Teams get one point for each stone they place closer to the center than the opponents closest stone to the center. Only one team can score per end.
The team who throws the last stone in an end (the Hammer) has a tactical advantage. If Team A scores in an end Team B will have the Hammer in the next end.
Teams with the hammer try to get at least 2 points, teams without the hammer try to limit the other team to 1 point if they cannot score themselves.
If no stones are inside the House at the conclusion of the end no points are scored and the team with the hammer retains it in the next end
The general rules of the game are the same in most places, however some specific rules differ from country to country and according to level of play.
If you're new to the game or playing in a recreational league, the PDF will have all you need to know and more.
Basically, two teams of four people take turns trying to get their stones closer to the button (center circle of the bullseye) for ten innings (called ends). Knocking the opponent's stones out is part of the strategy. For a more extensive explanation of the official rules, see the attached link.
A "rink" is a curling team or the place they play. The ice surface is called a "sheet."
They are mede of granite that usually comes from Scotland or Whales
The playing area is called a "sheet" of ice, so a curling club with 4 playing areas is said to have 4 sheets. The actual ice surface is different than normal hockey/figure skating ice in that it has tiny bumps all over, called the "pebble," that reduce the friction between the ice and the 42 lb granite stones.
The first Olympic curling event was in 1924. It was absent from the games until 1998, when it was re-instated. Since 1998, it has been getting more and more TV coverage during each Olympics, and its popularity in the US has greatly increased.
In curling, the score is taken when each "end" (round) is completed (all 16 stones have been thrown). Whichever team has a stone closest to the center of the "house" (the scoring area that looks like a target) scores. The number of points they score is determined by how many stones they have that are closer than the opponent's closest. So for example: red may have all 8 of their rocks around the outside edge of the house, but if yellow has two rocks that are in the center of the house, closer than any of the red rocks, then yellow scores two.
If there are no rocks in the house when an end is completed, then neither team scores, and that end is called a "blank end."
The scoring also determines which team has the "hammer" (the advantage of shooting the last rock in the end). Whichever team scores gives up the hammer to the other team for the next end (the hammer for the first end is decided by a coin flip, usually). In the event of a blank end, whichever team currently has the hammer keeps it for the next end.
The circle actually don't have different points values. In curling, each stone can score 1 point if it is closer than the closest stone of the other team (in other words, if yellow team has 8 rocks far away from the center, but red team has just one rock right in the center, red will score 1 point) Only the team with the closest rock to the center scores points in that "end" (which is like one round). The painted rings area as a whole is called the "house," and like I said, all that matters is if your rocks are closer to the center (called the "tee") than the other team's. As long as a rock is touching at least part of the house, it is eligible to score.
Curling was a demonstration sport in the inaugural 1924 Winter Olympics (Chamonix), and then again in 1932 (Lake Placid), 1988 (Calgary) and 1992 (Albertville).
The sport didn't become an official medal sport until the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It's been an official sport ever since.
Friction can slow down the rock
When curlers "throw" the "stone", they put a slight spin on it. This spin causes the stone to "curl", or take a slightly curved path from one end of the sheet to the other.
it originated in Scotland
The curling stones used in the Olympics are provided by the Olympics to ensure equaility between the teams.
In addition, each set of stones remained on the same sheet for the duration of the qualification rounds. This evened out any advantage or disadvantage of stone variation, as all teams played on all four sheets and with both sets of stones on each sheet during the early rounds of the competition.
In medal round games, teams can select their 8 stones from any of the stones on any sheet of ice.
The rink is called a sheet. The sheet is 150 ft by 16 ft 5 inches (45.72 m by 5 m)
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