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Why is curling called the roaring game?

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Asked by: Tim Bleil

Curling has been described as the ‘Roarin’ Game’, with the ‘roar’ coming from the noise of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. The exact origins of the game, however, are unclear, but curling is widely believed to be one of the world’s oldest team sports.

What is known as the roaring game?

Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice. Its nickname, “the roaring game”, originates from the rumbling sound the 44-pound (19.96kg) granite stones make when they travel across the ice.

What do they yell during curling?

Some of the most common commands heard are “hurry,” which means to sweep as fast as possible; “whoa,” which means to stop sweeping; and “yup,” which means to sweep.

How did the game of curling get its name?

Curling is named after the unique turning that occurs at the end of the stone’s path on the ice. The curling stone, or rock, is made of dense polished granite from Ailsa Craig, Scotland, and in the Olympics, each rock weighs 19.1 kg (44 lbs).

Which winter sport is sometimes known as the roaring game?


Nicknames Chess On Ice, The Roaring Game
First played Approximately late medieval Scotland
Registered players est. 1,500,000
Contact No

Why do they polish the ice in curling?

The simple answer is that it’s to reduce friction. Prior to competition, designated ice technicians will sprinkle two layers of water droplets on top of the ice. This water then freezes to form bumps in a process known as pebbling.

How much does an official curling stone cost?

According to a new stone will set you back around $450 (£322) whilst you can get a used one for about $295 (£211), although this will depend on quality and condition.

Why are curling rocks red and yellow?

Why are curling stones red and yellow? Although curling stones come in a variety of colors, the two most common stone handle colors you will see is red and yellow. This is because they are two vivid colors that are easiest to distinguish between for both the players and the viewers at home.

Do curling stones ever break?

Unfortunately, there is a perception that because these are rocks, they simply won’t break down. But stones do wear out. Year after year of sliding up and down the ice and banging into each other with great force can take a toll.