Curling is a precision and team sport played on a natural ice track under controlled environmental conditions
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Curling... a sport for all ages
Curling is a winter sport played on an ice track and is similar to pétanque. It consists of sliding a 20 kilogram stone towards a target, called a house, located at the end of a 42-meter corridor with the aim of leaving it near the center.
Each match pits two teams of four players against each other, throwing a total of eight stones. When the teams have thrown their stones, a round or "end" concludes. There are usually eight rounds or two hours of play and, in the event of a draw, an extra "end" is played.
The teams score points for each stone that is closer to the goal than their opponent's best. Players can direct the trajectory of the stones by "polishing" the ice on which they slide.
This sport does not require specific physical conditions or clothing and can be played by people of all ages.