Sweden's men's curling team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Curling 101: Strategy and techniques

The players A curling team is made up of four players. The player that shoots first is known as the lead, the player who goes next is the se…

Curling at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympics

Curling 101: Origins and Olympic history

Jump to a section: Origins | 1924 | 1932 to 1992 | 1998 | 2002 | 2006 | 2010 | 2014 | Notable Olympic medalists   Origins The recorded histo…

Two Canadian curlers at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Curling 101: Competition format

Tournament format The men’s and women’s tournaments are identical in format.  Both tournaments include 10 teams. In the preliminary round, e…

Canadian curler Ryan Hall at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Curling 101: Glossary

How to speak curling, broken down into categories. Players Who shoots first and what does the skip do? Learn who makes up a curling team. Ri…

Erika Brown curling at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Curling 101: Rules

The Playing Surface     The playing surface in curling is 150 feet (45.7 meters) long and 16 feet, 5 inches (5 meters) wide. The ice is set …

Olympic curling stone

Curling 101: Equipment

Broom Most brooms have synthetic bristles. Straw brooms were used in the past, but leave remnants of straw on the ice and thus are not commo…