Myths and misconceptions about curling

In 2013, the curling sport in Russia celebrated 140 years, yet many Russians who love winter sports still have doubts about the sport. Much of this is due to a series of misleading prejudices about curling.

This is actually one of the oldest games. The stone found at the bottom of a Scottish lake with the shape and weight that is suitable for curling confirms this. On the stone engraved in 1511, it is now considered the year of the game’s birth.

In Russia, too, it began to be played 150 years ago. In 1873 in Moscow opened Russia’s first curling club, a branch of the Curling club from Scotland.


Many people think that this is a boring sport. Completely not right. Curling is a complex sport, requiring accurate calculations. Very few people know that even preparing an ice rink to play is almost an art. The only water suitable for making yard requires pure impurity. 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.

Another myth of myth that curling is a sport for lazy people. In fact, athletes rubbing ice on a sliding stone are hard and energy-intensive. Up to two kilograms of weight after each workout.

The Russian women’s team hopes to win the Sochi Olympics gold, the men’s team has also shown great achievements. Russian Curling President Dmitry Svishchev said:

“There is no weak team at the Olympics. All teams are very strong, almost all have the same level of qualifications. However, the Russian team, including both men and women team, is ready to win with any team. At last year’s European Championship we won it all”.


Currently, in Russia, this sport is actively developing. In this country, there are many curling clubs, where anyone can learn to play this amazing sport. Rolling heavy ice cubes on ice by rubbing a stiff brush is as common as playing a famous bowling game. In fact, almost half of those who have seen the match will come to the sport sooner or later.