Curling Popular Science post: “Ice Chess” how to “drop”
Drawing: CAI Huawei Curling is a kind of throwing competition played on the ice by teams, known as “ice chess”.At the Beijing Winter Olympics, curling is one of the seven major events, with three events for men, women and mixed pairs, each of which will be contested by 10 teams.The competition will be held at the National Aquatics Center “Ice Cube” from February 2 to February 20, with three rounds of round-robin, semi-final and final.China’s curling team competes in the Ice Cube against Switzerland during the round-robin mixed doubles curling match at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Capital of China, Feb 2, 2018.The Olympic Curling arena usually has four courses, which are 44.5 to 45.7 meters long and 4.42 to 5 meters wide.There is a circular area at both ends of the track. One end of the service area is home plate, and the other end is camp. It is composed of 4 concentric circles with different radius, forming 3 different color ring belts.On the track, both ends are equipped with a stirrer, and there is a forward throw line and a back line that is invalid when the curling player crosses.Curling stones are round, no more than 30 centimeters in diameter and weigh about 20 kilograms.Olympic Games curling competition, each team of 4 players, divided into one to four bases, each inning of the two sides cross 16 times.Players not only have to reach the center of the circle accurately, but also have to keep the opposing team’s stones away from the center of the circle.There are 10 rounds in a match, and the one with the highest total score wins.Mixed pairs competition, each team consists of one male and one female athlete, a total of 8 rounds of competition.In each game, each team throws a total of 5 curlers. The player who throws the first pitcher must throw the last one, and the other player must throw the second, third, and fourth.A tie will result in an extra game.Curling, which originated in Scotland, was introduced as a demonstration sport at the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and became an official sport at the 1998 Nagano Games.In 2003, the Chinese women’s curling team was established.Zhou Yan, Yue Qingqing, Liu Yin, Wang Bingyu and Liu Jinli won the bronze medal in women’s curling at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.It was China’s first Winter Olympic medal in the event.