The sport of curling dates back to 16th century Scotland. The object of this game is to slide a round stone over a stretch of ice toward a target circle. Players often use a “curl” (hence the sport’s name) to alter the stone’s trajectory. Teammates use a broom to sweep the ice ahead of the oncoming stone in order to facilitate a longer slide or to adjust the arc of the curl. Blocking and knocking out an opponent’s stones are important strategies of the sport.
Curling was added to the Winter Olympics in 1998. Currently leading the standings, Canada’s women’s team appears headed to the medal round after winning all five of the preliminary games played to date.