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Highest governing bodyWorld Curling Federation
NicknameChess On Ice, The Roaring Game
First playedApproximately late medieval Scotland
Registered players1200000
Team members4 per team (2 in Mixed Doubles)
Mixed genderSee mixed curling
CategorizationPrecision and accuracy
EquipmentCurling brooms, stones (rocks), curling shoes
VenueCurling sheet
OlympicFirst event in 1924 (Retroactively made official in 2006).
Demonstration sport in 1932, 1988 and 1992.
Officially added in 1998.

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Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area. It is related to bowls, boule and shuffleboard. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called "rocks", across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game, points being scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.

The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and placement for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives the game its nickname of "Chess On Ice".

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