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Curling

Curling, which originated in Scotland, is a non-contact winter sport in which the objective is for the players to slide stones on a sheet of ice towards the target area.

The game is similar to bowls and shuffleboard. It is a team sport, played by two teams of four players. Teams take turns sliding the stones down the ice towards the target.

The target is segmented into four concentric circles. Each of the four players will alternately slide heavy and polished granite stones, which are also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet.

Players aim the stones towards the house, which is a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. A team can gain points if their stones rest close to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end. Each end is completed when the teams have thrown all their stones. One curling game can have around 8 or 10 ends. The team with the most points in the match wins.

Olympic curlingUSA curling team

Curling has been an official part of the Olympics for the following years: 1924, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, and a demonstration sport at the Winter Games of 1932 and 1988.

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