The sport Curling

  1. I've watched more Winter Olympics this year than any year in my life. I put the 2002 Winter Olympics on the television during the day to help me go to sleep . . . I work nights and I usually put some boring t.v. program on as background noise in hopes for a good day's sleep.

    At any rate, I found myself watching the sport Curling and became quite intrigued! (Even lost some sleep watching the Women's Curling matches!) Before the 2002 Winter Olympics, I didn't even know that Curling existed! I guess it's an ancient sport that was developed in Scotland (you can correct me if I'm wrong). The most intriguing part of the sport was when the "rock" was started by the "rock starter" who gracefully slid on the ice with the "rock" then let go of the "rock" as it sloooowly slide it's way to a bunch of circles. The "rock starter", having just let go of the rock, would stare at the slooowly sliding rock as if attempting to "will" the rock towards a specific area on the other end of the ice. Meanwhile, broom brushers would feverishly slide along side the slooowly sliding rock and sweep (or brush) the ice that layed just before the rock, "guiding" the rock's cource across the ice.

    I was intrigued.

    I also lost sleep.

    What do you guys think of curling?!?!?

    Cheers :stone
    Last edit by Ted on Feb 26, '02
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   aimeee
    Curling was a popular sport in my hometown in central Wisconsin. I only did it once myself but I had friends who were on the curling team. I thought it was great fun. I wish we had it here.
  4. by   leesonlpn
    We had to do curling in lifetime sports in high school. Here is Canada everyone curls or knows someone who curls. Back in the 70's we used straw brooms, not what they have now. I was 17 aand was not enthused about it at all. I couldn't figure out for the likes of me what I was sweeping, and as for throwing the rocks, they zigged when I wanted them to zag. It was a cold sport. Nowadays, the curling rinks are much busier, and with the lounges, and with any other sport with a lounge, alcohol seems to be the call of the day. The skeleton sport - now that looks fun!
  5. by   kewlnurse
    I love Curling havn;'t done it but it looks cool, It's the Ultimate fat guy sport, even more than bowling!!! Plus the rules state the the winner has to buy refreshmenst at the end, really, isn't in the rules, or so i hear. Maybe some of our Canadien friends can clue us in a little more. I know there is a proper name for the "Stone Starter" but i'm not sure what it is.
  6. by   rachaelm4
    I love curling. I have watched over the years, and have always wanted to try it. I think it is one of the best sports in the olympics!!! GO CURLING
  7. by   Ted
    I guess the sport is more known and popular than I thought. To be honest, sports is not one of my strengths. Curling seems like a sport that the average "Joe" can do (even me!).

    Still don't understand it, though. How does the brooms effect the rock? Also, how does a team get the points . . . how does the scoring system work?

    Happy Curling, folks!

    :stone

    Ted
    (Notice I used the stone face?!?)
  8. by   leesonlpn
    go to askjeeves.com. then type in "what is curling" then click on "where can I find general information on the sport". You will get all the info you need, but hurry up, you only have four years to get ready.:chuckle
  9. by   Ted
    Leesonlpn:

    Thanks!

    Just did what you suggested!! Now I'm more the wiser!

    Cheers!

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Feb 27, '02
  10. by   night owl
    I thought curling was a sport the women did years ago to their hair! Oh those blasted things... the point being, who could sleep the longest (or even at all) while having those bristled things or those pink, hard plastic, pokey things digging into your head or even into your brains! Then came the cans and the plastic tropicana containers to give the hair more body... try sleeping on those! It never occured to me that curling was a sport with a rock on ice and a couple of brooms until I watched the Olympics.And why do they call it "curling???" You don't even curl anything, you sweep! Should have called it "sweeping the ice" OR "I look like an idiot doing this!" The fat guys sport...you're right kewl, how short winded could you possibly get especially if you're the rock starter??? I mean how athletic does one have to be??? It just doesn't look very Olympicish to me. I mean wearing those unbearable curlers on your head to bed and trying to sleep seemed more like an Olympic event ...A real feat in itself...endurance baby!!!!
  11. by   semstr
    I think curling is pretty boring and it is always so cold on your feet!
    No, not my sport, yes for falling a sleep, it was great these last few weeks!

    Keep on sweeping, Renee
  12. by   donmurray
    All the stones for the Olympics are obtained from a small quarry on a tiny island (a rock, really!) off the west coast of Scotland, called Ailsa Craig. It looks like it may shrink some more!
    Semstr, I feel you have an unfair advantage in geography.. Holland is flat, and covered with canals for the skaters, and Austria has the snowy mountains for the skiers and snowboarders! LOL
  13. by   leesonlpn
    I think you're on the right track. I tried curling once and the harder I aimed my rocks, the worse I did. Same for bowling. Now here's a thought for an olympic sport, curling your hair the same time while curling the rock. Looks easy? HaH! Try not getting the extension cord from the curling iron tangled up in your rock handle while curling your rock(little twist to the rock to make it spin).Ever burn your neck with a curling iron and everyone thinks it's a hickey?:chuckle
  14. by   nurs4kids
    I confess, I too, had never even HEARD of a sport called curling prior to this year's olympics...and I'm a sports fanatic. I watched it the first time because my hubby kept telling me about this kewl game he saw on the olympics. The more I watched, the more intrigued I became. Are those regular shoes they're wearing?? How in the hell are they so graceful on that ice w/o blades??? lol

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