Curling is a deeply Canadian sport with Scottish roots. It was founded by the Scottish in 1541 with the first organized Curling club in Canada coming in 1807 in Montreal. With a history that long there are bound to be some fun facts about Curling that you (and I) have never heard! Here are my favourites:
- Curling has been an official Olympic sport since 1998, although it was played in the 1924, 1932, 1988, and 1992 Olympic games.
- Original curling stones in Montreal were made of iron and could weigh up to 80 pounds.
- Curling stones are mostly manufactured in Scotland with granite from Wales.
- A curling rink in Halifax was used as a temporary morgue in 1912 for victims of the Titanic disaster.
- The hog line gets its name from Scottish farmers calling the weakest sheep in their flock ‘hogs’. Hogs were often left for predators and therefore a stone that cannot make it to the hog line is removed from the rest.
- The first time someone turned a curling stone on delivery it was deemed an illegal move and it sparked vicious debates about delivering the stones.
- In order to perfect the slide on delivery, early curlers used solder, leather, milk cartons, and later Teflon on the bottom of their shoes.
Although Curling may not be as popular in other counties as it is in Canada, we are definitely proud of it. Drop some of this knowledge on your fellow curlers the next time you are playing in our leagues and watch their jaws drop in awe.
Have fun out there.