Starting from the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, curling was adopted as an official sport, with two curling events – men’s and women’s curling. Mixed doubles will be introduced to the Olympic programme for the first time at the PyeongChang2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The size of a curling sheet is 45.720m(L)x 5.00m(W), the distance between the two house centres is 34.747m and the diameter of each house is 3.658m. The equipment includes the curling stone, brush /broom.
※ Curling stone: maximum circumference of 91.44cm, a minimum height of 11.43cm, and a weight between 17.4kg and 19.96kg).
※ Brush or broom: It is used to sweep the ice to shape the path for the moving stone.
Time and Gameplay
- One game is composed of ten ends and lasts about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- A team has five athletes (one of them is an alternate).
- In general, athletes throw the stone in the order of lead, second, third (vice skip), and skip. (final player).
- Two different teams take turns to throw eight stones each (each athlete throws two stones per end, one stone at a time).
- All 16 stones thrown by the two teams completes one end.
Men’s / Women’s Curling
- Each game is scheduled for 10 ends and each team receives 38 minutes of strategy time.
- A team is composed of 4 players.
- Each player delivers two stones, in consecutive order in each end, while alternating with an opponent.
- All 16 stones thrown by the two teams completes one end
Mixed Doubles Curling
- Each game is scheduled for 8 ends and each team receives 22 minutes of strategy time.
- A team is composed of two players, one male and one female.
- Each team shall deliver 5 stones per end.
- The player delivering the team’s first stone of the end must also deliver the team’s last stone of that end.
- Prior to the start of every end, two stones shall place at the playing end of the sheet.(CENTRE GUARD & BACK BUTTON)