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Curling Is Cool Day – February 23, 2023

Curling is Cool Day is observed annually on February 23. Did you know that curling is one of the oldest team sports and was first played approximately in the late medieval period in Scotland? It is a game that combines the chilly fun of ice skating with the techniques of bowling and shuffleboard, and you can add the skill of sweeping the floor! It is a fantastic team sport built on community and friendships.

History of Curling Is Cool Day

Curling is a team sport in which players slide stones using curling brooms on a rectangular sheet of ice towards a targeted area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is played by two teams with four players in each, and each side has eight stones. It is played on an ice rink that has been sprayed with water droplets that freeze into a surface called pebbled ice.

Curlers slide the curling stones, which are granite stones fitted with colored handles, over this pebbled surface. Any rotation a curler gives to the stone causes the stone to travel in a curved path — in other words, the stone curls inward or outward.

The goal of curling is to accumulate the maximum score, determined by the stone’s distance to the center of a target. Stones must at least touch the outer rim of the target to score any points.

The origin of curling traces back to 16th century Scotland, where the sport was played on frozen ponds and Lochs during winter. It originated from the rumbling sound the 20kg granite stone made while traveling, across the ice. The first curling stones were used in 1511 and came from Scottish regions. Later, stones with handles were added in the 1600s. In the 20th century, the developments in the games were standardized, and indoor, refrigerated ice facilities were used.

Curling is a seemingly strange game, but a very amusing and interesting one that is loved by many.

Curling Is Cool Day timeline

1838
Curling Becomes Official

The Grand Caledonian Curling Club is formed to formulate the first official rules of the sport.

1959
Beginning of Competitions

A competition called the Scotch Cup series begins, with Scotland and Canada being participants.

1965
Curling in Music and Film

The Beatles participate in a game of curling during one scene of their 1965 film “Help!”

1998
An Olympic Sport

Curling is first played at the Winter Olympics.

Curling Is Cool Day FAQs

How difficult is curling?

Curling is a very demanding sport that requires many skills. During a competition, you have to run on the ice — which is not easy, even when wearing protective rubber soles. It also requires brushing the ice as hard as one can to warm it up, so the stone glides easily.

How long does it take to be skilled at curling?

Like any other sport, it takes a lot of time and practice to become skilled at curling. According to estimates, it takes a lot longer than four years to become a very skilled curler.

How thick is curling ice?

A sheet of curling ice is over 45 to 46 meters long and 4.4 to 5.0 meters wide, with identical sets of circles near each end.

Curling Is Cool Day Activities

  1. Take curling lessons

    This is a perfect day to gain some knowledge and skills in curling. Get out to the rink and play some curling with friends and other interested folks.

  2. Watch a curling match with friends

    Enjoy previous curling matches or a live one with your friends. Watch with cans of your favorite drinks together with a bowl of your preferred snacks.

  3. Learn about curling history and share

    Become familiar with the origins and history of this unique sport by getting information from the internet, knowledgeable people, and even libraries. Then, go ahead and let other people know about the amazing sport.

5 Facts About Curling That Will Fascinate You

  1. The stones used are really heavy

    Curling makes use of heavy granite stones usually weighing about 44 pounds.

  2. It has a nickname

    The sport is nicknamed ‘The Roaring Game’ because of the rumbling sound the stones make as they slide across the ice.

  3. Queen Victoria was a big fan

    The queen had watched a demonstration and loved it, even acceding to the request to change the name of the first club to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, which went on to develop the first official rules for the sport.

  4. It is loved by American celebrities

    Curling is the all-time favorite sport of popular American actor, George Clooney, and singer-songwriter, Bruce Springsteen.

  5. It encourages female participation in sports

    Curling was one of the first sports that became popular with women and girls.

Why We Love Curling Is Cool Day

  1. It promotes harmony

    The game of curling unifies people from across the world and increases happiness among them. It helps to collectively bring the best out of ourselves.

  2. It is unique and really fun

    There is no other sport quite like curling. It is a special sport with a long and rich history, and it’s also fun to participate in it.

  3. It helps boost healthy team spirit

    In curling, it is said that there are no actual losers. The game is played simply to be enjoyed, promoting team spirit among players and participants.

Curling Is Cool Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 23Thursday
2024February 23Friday
2025February 23Sunday
2026February 23Monday
2027February 23Tuesday

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