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Curling, born in Netherlands?

May 19, 2010


Davis Valdnieks

Curling officially was born in Scotland, however a particular painting from the late 16th century shows that curling might have been invented by farmers in the Netherlands.  Curling has been included in the Winter Olympics program since 1998.

In Latvia curling is becoming more popular every year. Latvian championships of have been held since 2002 and they are attracting more teams each year. There are around 250 curling players in Latvia who are united in 5 sports clubs in Riga, Venstpils and Jelgava. More information can be found here:

In curling it is all about preciseness, sliding a heavy granite rock on ice where it is supposed to be and always being ahead of the other team. Some people call curling chess on ice. Check here for rules: Everyone can try playing curling:

Scenery by Peter Bruegel, possibly with early curling players, 1565

Baltic curling Cup, 2009

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