Curling

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Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles.wikipedia
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Royal Caledonian Curling Club

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The International Olympic Committee recognises the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (founded as the Grand Caledonian Curling Club in 1838) as developing the first official rules for the sport.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), branded as Scottish Curling is the mother club of the sport of curling, and the governing body of curling in Scotland.

World Curling Federation

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Scotland is home to the international governing body for curling, the World Curling Federation in Perth, which originated as a committee of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, the mother club of curling. The new brooms were temporarily banned by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada for the 2015–2016 season.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the world governing body for curling accreditation, with offices in Perth, Scotland.

Sports in Canada

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Today, the sport is most firmly established in Canada, having been taken there by Scottish emigrants.
The most common sports are ice hockey, lacrosse, gridiron football, soccer, basketball, curling and baseball, with ice hockey and lacrosse being the official winter and summer sports, respectively.

Shuffleboard

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It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard.
In its goals, form and equipment, shuffleboard shares various features with (and perhaps influences by or upon) many other games, including air hockey, bowls, bocce, curling, croquet, carrom and billiards.

Royal Montreal Curling Club

The Royal Montreal Curling Club, the oldest established sports club still active in North America, was established in 1807.
The Royal Montreal Curling Club (French: Club de Curling Royal Montréal) is the oldest curling club in North America, established on January 27, 1807 by a group of Scottish Canadian immigrants in Montreal.

Doubles curling

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It currently includes men's, women's and mixed doubles tournaments (the mixed doubles event was held for the first time in 2018).
Doubles curling (most commonly seen as mixed doubles) is a variation of the sport of curling with only two players on each team.

Kilsyth Curling Club

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Kilsyth Curling Club claims to be the first club in the world, having been formally constituted in 1716; it is still in existence today.
The Kilsyth Curling Club, in Kilsyth, Scotland, claims to be the oldest curling club in the world, being established in 1716.

Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Since the sport's official addition in the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002.
Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held in the town of Pinerolo, Italy from February 13 to February 24.

Curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

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Since the sport's official addition in the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002.
The men's curling tournament of the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia on 10–21 February 2014.

Curling at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Since the sport's official addition in the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002.
Curling at the 1998 Winter Olympics took place at Karuizawa, who had hosted the equestrian events at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Curling at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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Since the sport's official addition in the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002.
Curling at the 2002 Winter Olympics took place from February 11 to February 18 in Ogden, Utah:

Curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

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Since the sport's official addition in the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002.
The men's curling tournament took place at the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre.

Curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament

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The women's team won gold in 1998 and 2014, a silver in 2010, and a bronze in 2002 and 2006.
The women's curling tournament of the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia on 10–20 February 2014.

The Hunters in the Snow

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Two paintings, "" and "The Hunters in the Snow" (both dated 1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depict Flemish peasants curling, albeit without brooms; Scotland and the Low Countries had strong trading and cultural links during this period, which is also evident in the history of golf.
In the distance, figures ice skate, play hockey with modern style sticks and curl on a frozen lake; they are rendered as silhouettes.

Ernie Richardson (curler)

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The first world title was won by the Canadian team from Regina, Saskatchewan, skipped by Ernie Richardson.
Ernest M. Richardson, CM (born August 4, 1931) is a four-time Canadian and world curling champion.

Ailsa Craig

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The granite for the stones comes from two sources: Ailsa Craig, an island off the Ayrshire coast of Scotland, and the Trefor Granite Quarry in Wales.
Ailsa Craig (Creag Ealasaid) is an island of 99 ha in the outer Firth of Clyde, 16 km west of mainland Scotland, upon which blue hone granite has long been quarried to make curling stones.

Kays of Scotland

Kays of Scotland has been making curling stones in Mauchline, Ayrshire, since 1851 and has the exclusive rights to the Ailsa Craig granite, granted by the Marquess of Ailsa, whose family has owned the island since 1560.
Kays of Scotland is the only remaining UK manufacturer and supplier of curling stones.

World Curling Tour

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However, there is a movement on the World Curling Tour to make the games only eight ends.
The World Curling Tour (WCT) is a group of curling bonspiels featuring the best male, female, and mixed doubles curlers in the world.

Paul Gowsell

In the late sixties, competitive curlers from Calgary, Alberta, such as John Mayer, Bruce Stewart, and, later, the world junior championship teams skipped by Paul Gowsell, proved that the curling brush could be just as (or more) effective without all the blisters common to corn broom use.
Paul Gowsell is a Canadian curler from Calgary, Alberta.

Tim Hortons Brier

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The 1990 Brier (Canadian men's championship) was considered by many curling fans as boring to watch because of the amount of peeling and the quick adoption of the free guard zone rule the following year reflected how disliked this aspect of the game had become.
The Tim Hortons Brier, or simply (and more commonly) the Brier, is the annual Canadian men's curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada.

Glossary of curling

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Many teams use a number system to communicate in which of 10 zones the sweepers estimate the stone will stop.
This is a glossary of terms in curling.

Kevin Martin (curler)

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One strategy that has been developed by curlers in response to the free guard zone (Kevin Martin from Alberta is one of the best examples) is the "tick" game, where a shot is made attempting to knock (tick) the guard to the side, far enough that it is difficult or impossible to use but still remaining in play while the shot itself goes out of play.
Kevin Martin (born July 31, 1966), nicknamed "The Old Bear" and "K-Mart", is a Canadian retired curler from Edmonton, Alberta, an Olympic, world and 4-time Canadian champion and a member of the World Curling Hall of Fame.

Curling Canada

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The new brooms were temporarily banned by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada for the 2015–2016 season.
Curling Canada (formerly the Canadian Curling Association) is a sanctioning body for the sport of Curling in Canada.

Perth, Scotland

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Scotland is home to the international governing body for curling, the World Curling Federation in Perth, which originated as a committee of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, the mother club of curling. The word curling first appears in print in 1620 in Perth, Scotland, in the preface and the verses of a poem by Henry Adamson.
The Dewar's Centre, which includes an eight-lane ice rink, has long been a main centre of curling in Scotland.

Grand Slam of Curling

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With the tick shot reducing the effectiveness of the four-rock rule, the Grand Slam of Curling series of bonspiels adopted a five-rock rule in 2014.
The Grand Slam of Curling (currently known as the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling) is a series of curling bonspiels that are a part of the annual World Curling Tour.