Thursday, February 18, 2010
The past three days or so, Rob and I have been obsessed about watching the Curling competitions through out the day for Men and Women in the Olympic Games. It is a sport that neither of us really knew much about the sport, but found it an interesting game to watch.
Rob looked up what the sport of curling was. He found over on wikipedia (love that site) the following,
"Curling is a team sport with similarities to lawn bowling and shuffleboard played on a sheet of carefully prepared ice. Two teams of four players take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones down the ice towards the house (a circular target marked on the ice). The purpose is to complete each end (delivery of 16 stones) with the team's stones closer to the centre of the house than the other team's. Two sweepers with brooms or brushes accompany each stone and use stopwatches and their best judgment, along with direction from their teammates, to help direct the stones to their resting place."
Each end is like an inning in baseball. In competitive curling there are 10 Ends. If the score is tied at the end of the tenth end, then you go into extra ends (like in baseball extra innings). The first team who scores wins the game. So how does one team score?? When looking at the board there are three circles. Green, then white, and then a blue cirlce (well at least in the winter games these are the colors of the circles). A team wants to get their stone the closest to the inside circle, which in this case for the olympics, a team wants to be closest to the dark blue. Each team has eight stones in each end. Once both teams has thrown all their stones, the stones closest to the blue are the ones counted.
Such a fascinating game!!! If you get a chance...take some time to check out what I am talking about while it is on.
Check out the video on how the game looks while being played...