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Curling is Cool Day
"Curling is sweeping the nation!"
Sometimes thought of as "chess on ice" for the necessary strategy and teamwork, the sport of Curling has been described as the ‘Roarin’ Game’, with the ‘roar’ coming from the noise of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. Although Curling's exact origins are unclear, it is widely believed to be one of the world’s oldest team sports! In its earliest days, Curling was played on frozen lochs and ponds, but all national and international competitive curling competitions now take place in indoor rinks with the condition and temperature of the ice carefully controlled. The first recognized curling clubs were formed in Scotland, and became popularized in the 19th century and exported wherever Scots settled around the world in cold climates, most notably at that time in Canada, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand. The first Rules were drawn up in Scotland and formally adopted by the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, formed in Edinburgh in 1838. Four years later, following a demonstration of curling on the ballroom floor of Scone Palace near Perth by the Earl of Mansfield during a visit by Queen Victoria, the Queen was so fascinated by the game that in 1843 she gave permission for the Club’s name to be changed to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Curling stones are fashioned from Scottish granite, traditionally fashioned from Blue Hone and Ailsa Craig Common Green granite taken from the Ailsa Craig. 🥌 🥌 🥌 🧹
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. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granitestones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone.
From the Scottish Register of Tartans:
"The Grand Caledonian Curling Club was established in 1838. By 1842 the new national association had obtained Royal patronage and has ever since been known as The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC). The Royal Caledonian Curling Club tartan was created in 2013, the RCCC’s 175th anniversary year. Colours: blue, red and azure represent the target area; gold, maroon and navy reflect the RCCC brand."
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