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Wheelchair Curling   Overview

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The Outline

Wheelchair curling is an adaptive version of curling, which is a popular winter sports, for the impaired. In Europe and North America, it has been such a loved event that even senior clubs were formed a long time ago. It was adopted as a formal event in 2006 Torino Winter Paralympic programme. At the Paralympics one medal event is competed.

Description of Events

  • Each Wheelchair Curling team is comprised of both men and women athletes.
  • Each event has 8 ends.
  • When an athlete throws the stone, an athlete of the same team holds the wheelchair so that the wheelchair stays firm.
  • Although the feet of the player who throws the stone must not contact the surface of the ice, the wheelchair wheels must be placed on the surface of the ice.
  • To throw the stone, athletes may use their arms and hands, or their "delivery stick". However, sweeping is not permitted.
Delivery

Delivery

  • Delivery means the process of throwing a stone.
  • It requires strategy involving pushing or blocking the other team’s stones.
  • The athlete should calculate the weight, turn, and path of the stone to be thrown.
    * Weight: The weight of the stone is its velocity, which depends on the arm drive of the delivery.
    * Turn(Curl): The rotation of the stone, which gives it a curved trajectory.
    * Line: The direction of the throw ignoring the effect of the turn.

The strategy

  • A strategic thinking is required for this discipline to consider all factors such as skills of teams, ice condition, scores, remaining ends, and which team has the hammer.
    Classification
    * Aggressive strategy: A team’s strategy focusing on getting as many stones as possible into the house.
    * Defensive strategy: A strategy focusing more on hitting the other team’s stone moving it out of the house other than on scoring.
The strategy