This photo showing the men playing in Ontario in 1909.
In the United States the first Curling club was founded in 1830. Just 30 miles outside Detroit named Orchard Lake Curling Club.
Curling was introduced officially to the Olympics in 1998. I remember watching it and really liking the sport. Like in most sports there were special shoes
curling Poles used in sweeping the ice, guiding the rock
Old curling stones.
Over the years the stones have become better in color.
How the game is played. It is somewhat like shuffleboard played on ice. There are teams of about 8 to 10. Some members sweep the ice to help the rocks speed and steer the rock. After a player pushes the rock with their hand. You can not cross the Hog line. A line somewhat like a foul line in Blowing. The rock then lands on a circle where there is a bulls eye. Looks like a dart board. the scoring is similar to Horse shoes, exept the closes rock to the Button (bulls eye) gets the point.
As you can see here the team work together.
I love watching this game it will be played on Tuesday February 16th through the 27th 2010. The Men's teams start at 0900 and then again at 1900 hrs. Women curling start at 1400 hrs , then on the 17th of Feb. at 0900. You can view the schedule Here
Photos from Wikipedia, and the official Olympic site