Olympic Curling 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics

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Olympic Curling 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics
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You might curl your lip at the very mention of the sport of curling. Don’t.  Instead, you should watch it, smile and applaud what is an internationally-regulated sport with top athletes who are popular throughout the world.

While everyone else in the Winter Olympics is schussing, flying, twisting, axeling, luging and tumbling through snow and ice, the folks on the curling teams are quietly going through their highly competitive sweeping motions.

Well, it is not exactly quiet. Known as the roaring game, curlers push heavy granite stones which cause a whoosh or roar. Oh, yeah, and curlers tend to scream a lot, especially the skips who are urging on and directing their teammates during matches. The cerebral sport of curling is more often compared to shuffleboard than to downhill racing, and curlers are more like chess players than high-flying freestyle snowboarders. Except for the screaming and the roaring.

That may be one of the reasons why curling has become so popular. Its recreational nature makes it a relatable sport that spectators might actually see themselves performing.

In 2010, curling was downright cultish spurred on by its eye-popping fashion statements, peculiar set of rules and terminology and its ultra-serious competitors.  You might want to check out Bleacher Report’s Dan Levy’s great piece for more on this must-see contest

Ten curling teams from around the world will assemble on the curling sheet at Sochi to match brooms in an effort to attain Olympic gold. Here is your ultimate guide to the sport.

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