Learn about Curling at the Sochi Olympic Games

Curling competes within the area of ​​a rectangular ice rink of 42.06m long and 4.75m wide similar to the bowling alley floor. At the two ends of the ice rink, there are two circles of the blue outer border, white edge, red inside and white centre with the radius of 1.83m, 1.22m, 0.61m and 0.15m respectively.

Although it looks like a simple shot of weightlifting, it actually requires a high level of accuracy every time the players calculate the coordinates and directions to work with hand-throwing dumbbells to their target position. Curling is also an object that is carefully analyzed about the impact of friction force and the direction of rotation of dumbbells, which makes the audience more interested in the natural principles of matter.


Therefore, throwing weightlifting on the ice also need sophisticated tactics and also known as “ice chess”. Not only that, Curling also causes athletes to lose a lot of energy. Skating ice-skating athletes are hard and can lose up to two kilograms of weight after each workout.

Preparing the runway to play Curling is also complicated. On the runway, tiny particles are sprayed with geometrical accuracy so that the athlete can then sharpen the way for the skid. Each stone weighs 20 kg.

Some terminology in Curling:

– Draw: throw the dumbbell to a stop within the “house” circle.

– Guard: throw the dumbbell to a defensive position to protect the dumbbells of a teammate who is in a different position.

– Take Out: throw the dumbbell into the opponent’s dumbbell to push out the “house” circle.

– Sweeping: hold the brush to sweep or rub in front of the position of the dumbbell. If the broom touches the dumbbell, it will be a foul.

– Come Around: a throw form of the “Draw Shot” technique, bringing the barbell to the lining position behind the teammates’ dumbbells.

– Hurry: the meaning of signs to tell teammates to sweep or rub harder, faster.

 – Clean: the meaning of the sign telling teammates to sweep or rub lightly before the location of the dumbbell.