Lausanne 2020 events
The mixed doubles Curling teams will consist of one woman and one man from different NOCs (National Olympic Committee). The Mixed Doubles Competition will take place after the Mixed Team Competition and the same athletes will play in each event. There will be 48 teams that will play a single knockout round to determine the winner.
In this form of Curling, only 5 stones are delivered during each End. Each team also has one extra stone placed into a special position, prior to the start of each end. Those extra stones will either be in front of the house or in the middle of the house, depending on which team starts playing during that End. One of the players delivers the 1st and last stone of the End, the other player delivers the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stone for that End.
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016: Japan/Switzerland
The 24 qualified teams will compete in 4 groups of round robin play. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, where the teams will play a single knockout tournament to determine the winner.
The teams are composed of 2 male and 2 female players from the same country. Male and female players must deliver Curling stones alternately (M, W, M, W or W, M, W, M). With 8 stones per team, each player delivers two stones, while alternating deliveries with their opponents.
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016: Canada
Get to know the sport of curling
Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice. Its nickname, “The Roaring Game”, originates from the rumbling sound the 44-pound (19.96kg) granite stones make when they travel across the ice.
For elite curling, athletes use standardised brushes made from a single fabric, from a single source. The fabric used for brush heads has a standard composition, weave, coating and colour, regardless of the manufacturer.
For indoor tournaments the artificially created ice has its surface sprinkled with water droplets which freeze into tiny bumps on the surface. Called “pebbled ice”, this surface helps the stone’s grip and leads to more consistent curling.
The rink is 42.07m long and 4.28m wide with a target – or house – at either end.
Special curling shoes are common; shoes should grip the ice well. While shooting, extremely slippery surfaces such as Teflon are used on the sliding foot. Some are built into the shoes and others are strapped on over the shoes.
A curling stone, also known as a rock, is made of rare, dense granite that is quarried on the uninhabited Scottish island of Ailsa Craig. Each stone is polished and weighs 19.1kg.