Curling

Curling

A historical sport in the Pays-d'Enhaut

Curling is a sport of high precision played on ice with polished granite stones. The goal of the game is to place the stones in the center of a round target drawn on the ice called “house”.
The curling season in the Pays-d'Enhaut begins in mid-October and lasts until early March, depending on the weather. During that period, you can learn the sport and improve your accuracy. A training open to all which promises you unforgettable moments.
A little bit of history:
It has been agreed that the origin of curling appeared during the 16th century. The oldest image of this sport dates back to 1565. It is two paintings by the Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder. If the origin of curling was found in the Flanders, it is in Scotland that it is transformed into a sport. The first rules of this sport date back to 1834 and the first club dates back to 1795 and was located in Edinburgh. From 1750, this sport was expatriated to North America and arrived in Switzerland during the 19th century, introduced by Scottish tourists who came to enjoy our beautiful country. Like in Scotland, curling was first practiced in Switzerland on frozen lakes. Then, with the construction of ice rinks, the sport can now be played across the country.
It became an Olympic sport in 1924. The headquarters of the World Curling Federation is located in Scotland. Currently, there are about 2 million curlers in the world who are active in this sport, including about 8500 licensed curlers in Switzerland. It should be noted that the men's and women's team representing Switzerland finished among the first ranked teams at the European, World and Olympic Championships.

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