The curling events will take place in Champéry from the 10th to the 22nd of January 2020.

Lausanne 2020 events

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.

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