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Lost in the mysteries of time, curling history is always a good subject of debate between the Scots and continental Europeans, all of whom claim the sport as their own.

From medieval Scotland there is evidence that curling was played as early as the 16th century.

Examples of the sport can also be found around the same time in paintings like Hunters in the Snow, by Pieter Bruegel.

Eventually, curling caught on throughout Europe and later was introduced to North America by Scottish immigrants. Today, Canada has more curlers than any other country.

Curling was a demonstration sport in the Olympics four times (1924, 1932, 1992, 1994) before being admitted as an official Olympic sport at Nagano in 1998.

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DID YOU KNOW? Olympic curling fun facts

• Not for lightweights, curling stones are made of granite and weigh 44 lbs. (or four times heavier than a typical bowling ball.)

• A curling rink isn't smooth, but pebbly (by adding droplets of water) which helps propel the stone across the ice.

• Curling is the only sport in which a player can influence the trajectory of the projectile after it has been released.

• Since the sport entered the Olympics in 1998, Canada has maintained its record of being the only country to medal in both the men’s and women’s events at each Olympic Winter Games.


More about Olympic curling around the Web:


International Olympic Committee - Curling
- Overview of the curling competitions, list of events, Olympic records, athlete profiles, picture gallery.

World Curling Federation - News, official rules and regulations, stats, records, scores, related glossary and links.

Canadian Curling Association - News, television schedule, championship scores and updates, related glossary and dictionary, playing how-to's, links.

USA Curling - The latest news, team bios, curling tips, FAQ, photos.

 

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