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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Curling

James IV (1473-1513) was the first Scottish king linked with curling. Tradition relates that he ordered a silver curling stone for which men were to play annually.

The oldest curling stones hail from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth, dating back to 1511.

The first written evidence of the sport was recorded in 1540 by a Scottish notary, according to the World Curling Federation. .

Curling, which The Netherlands also claims to have originated, was introduced in the United States and Canada in the early 19th century.

The Grand Curling Club was established as the first modern governing body of the sport in 1838.

The Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, served as a temporary morgue for recovered bodies in the aftermath of the Titanic shipwreck.

Canadian politician Robert Pow was a member of the winning curling team at the 1932 Winter Olympics.

The first men's world championship in the sport of curling was held as the "Scotch Cup" in Falkirk and Edinburgh, Scotland in 1959.

The first ever world title was won by the Canadian team from Regina, Saskatchewan skipped by Ernie Richardson who went through the tournament undefeated.

The largest curling club is in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has over 700 members.

The curling “sheet” of ice measures between 146 and 150 feet long and is between 14.5 and 16.5 feet wide.

Curling stones weigh between 38 and 44 pounds. They are made from two types of granite mostly found only on the small uninhabited Scottish island, Ailsa Craig. The only other source of the stones is a quarry in Wales.

Approximately 1.5 million people across 33 countries participate in curling.

Curling first appeared at the Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, France, during the inaugural Winter Games – although it was considered just an exhibition until 2006, when the International Olympic Committee considered it official – and was only a men’s sport.

All Olympic curling stones are made of a rare type of granite that is only found on a tiny island in Scotland.

Sources SimplemostWiscnews.com

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