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CURLING

Played as a demonstration sport on a sheet of ice, this event may have originated as early as the 16th century. Each team has eight rocks, 16 per end or inning. The game is usually 10 ends. After each end, the score is determined. The team with the rock closest to the center of the house (target area) scores one point, and one additional point for every rock closer to the center than the nearest opponent's rock. The team with the highest score at game's end wins.

Watch for players sweeping ahead of the stones with a broom to control the stone's path and increase the distance.

Broom

Stone/rock

Weight: 44 lbs.

Diameter: 11"

House/target area

EVENTS SCHEDULE

Today: Game 1, Group one, 6 a.m.;

Game 1, Group two, noon

Tuesday: Game 2, Group one, 6 a.m.;

Game 2, Group two, noon

Wednesday: Game 3, Group one, 6 a.m.;

Game 3, Group two, noon

Thursday: 5th place, noon; 7th place, noon

Friday: Semifinal, 6 a.m.; bronze medal, noon

Saturday: Gold medal, 9 a.m.

Source: Associated Press

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