Sports

Curling

  • Winter
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  • Pyeongchang
    2018

Curling

Wheelchair curling is very similar to able-bodied curling. Each game is played over eight ends, and the team that gets their stone closest to the centre of the house wins the points for that end. The stones that are closer to the house than the closest stone of the losing team count as points. To push a stone, many players use a stick called a 'cue' to allow easier delivery of the stones from a lower position. Team mates are also allowed to hold the player's wheelchair in place when a player is delivering a stone. Teams are made up of four players, and each team must include male and female players.

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In wheelchair curling, there are no sweepers. Players must use their skills and experience to 'read' the condition of the ice, and predict the course of the stones as accurately as possible. So for the stones, once they leave a player's hand, they're on their own, propelling into the unknown. As for the curling lanes, even the slightest melting of the ice can change its condition, thus the outcome of a match. And what melts the ice? Literally the heat generated from the spectators cheering on the players from the stands. So, if you want to become strong at wheelchair curling, it's best to train and compete in countries in which the sport is popular so that you can experience a variety of ice conditions.

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