Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Curling: 5 Things to Know

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Curling: 5 Things to Know

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Curling is believed to have originated in Scotland in the early 16th century. It's now played around the world and was added as an official sport of the Winter Olympic Games in 1998.

The game is played with two four-person teams that alternate sliding circular granite stones or "rocks" down a 104-foot sheet of ice. Each player throws two stones and, at the point of release, turns a handle on top of the stone, giving it either a clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation. This causes the stone to curl left or right as it moves down the ice.

Stones are thrown toward a target area called the "house," which consists of four concentric circles, the largest of which is 12 feet from side to side. Each team has a captain or "skip" who decides what shots his team attempts to execute. The three most common shots are the draw (the rock goes into the house), the takeout (an opponent's stone is knocked out of the house) and the guard (to protect a team's own stone in the house). …

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