History of curling

History of curling
Curling is thought to have been invented in medieval Scotland, with the first written reference
to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey in February 1541.
It is also clear that the first recognized Curling Clubs were formed in Scotland, and during
the 19th Century the game was “exported” wherever Scots settled around the world in cold
climates, most notably at that time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New
Zealand.
Caledonian Curling Club (1838) claims to be the first club in the world.
It is recorded that international curling events were staged in the 19th century in Europe and
North America, but it was not until the first Olympic Winter Games at Chamonix in 1924
that any form of official International competition took place for men’s teams. Great Britain
defeated Sweden and France.
In 1932 at Lake Placid, curling again was listed but this time as a demonstration sport at
the Winter Olympics, and Canada was a winner over the United States in a two-country
competition in which each country entered four Men’s teams.
In 1959 Scotland and Canada reached a major milestone by launching the Scotch Cup series
between their national men’s curling champions.
Interest in other countries was generated, and the USA (1961), Sweden (1962), Norway and
Switzerland (1964), France (1966) and Germany (1967) expanded the Scotch Cup entry. The
1959-67 results now are recognized in the curling history of the men’s world championship.
The success of the Scotch Cup series led to another attempt to create a global administration.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (Scotland) convened a meeting in Perth and six countries
(Scotland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland) agreed to a proposal to form an
international committee of the Royal Club, to be called the International Curling Federation
(ICF).
The following year, in March, 1966, in Vancouver, Canada, a draft constitution for the ICF
was considered by seven countries (France was added to the original six), and the Federation
was declared to be established as of April 1, 1966.
At the Federation’s annual meeting in 1968 in Pointe Claire, Quebec, these rules were
adopted, but are subject to amendment and revision each year. Also in 1968, the Air
Canada Silver Broom replaced the Scotch Cup, and it was sanctioned as the World Curling
Championship.
In 1974 in Switzerland, the tournament was held with the participation of six European teams
(Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Norway), during the event was a meeting
at which the initiative of Jean Schild decided to host the European Championships. In March
1975, Jean Schild presented this proposal to the ICF conference, where he finally decided to
organize the European Championships for men and women. The competition was held for
the first time in December the same year in Megeve (France), then also created the European
Council of curling, and later the name was changed at the European Curling Federation.
In the same year, ICF has organized the first Junior World Championships and in 1979 the
first Women’s World Championships, and in 1988 Women’s Junior World Championships.
In 1989 they combined four tournaments in two world championships: the World Curling
Champioschips and World Curling Junior Championschips.
The Constitution had a significant adjustment in 1982, when the Federation was declared an
independent entity and approved as the governing body for curling in the world, while the
Royal Caledonian Curling Club was acknowledged as the Mother Club of Curling.
In 1991, the name of the Federation was changed to the World Curling Federation (WCF).
Curling was a demonstration sport for a second and third time at the Olympic Winter Games
of 1988 (Calgary) and 1992 (Albertville) for teams of men and women.
On 21 July 1992, at its session in Barcelona, Spain, the International Olympic Committee
granted official medal status to Men’s and Women’s Curling, to take effect no later than the
Olympic Winter Games of 2002, with an option for 1998 at Nagano, Japan.
During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the
Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to
include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998.

History of curling

Curling is thought to have been invented in medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey in February 1541.

It is also clear that the first recognized Curling Clubs were formed in Scotland, and during the 19th Century the game was “exported” wherever Scots settled around the world in cold climates, most notably at that time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand.

Caledonian Curling Club (1838) claims to be the first club in the world.

It is recorded that international curling events were staged in the 19th century in Europe and North America, but it was not until the first Olympic Winter Games at Chamonix in 1924 that any form of official International competition took place for men’s teams. Great Britain defeated Sweden and France.

In 1932 at Lake Placid, curling again was listed but this time as a demonstration sport at the Winter Olympics, and Canada was a winner over the United States in a two-country competition in which each country entered four Men’s teams.

In 1959 Scotland and Canada reached a major milestone by launching the Scotch Cup series between their national men’s curling champions.

Interest in other countries was generated, and the USA (1961), Sweden (1962), Norway and Switzerland (1964), France (1966) and Germany (1967) expanded the Scotch Cup entry. The 1959-67 results now are recognized in the curling history of the men’s world championship.

The success of the Scotch Cup series led to another attempt to create a global administration. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (Scotland) convened a meeting in Perth and six countries (Scotland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland) agreed to a proposal to form an international committee of the Royal Club, to be called the International Curling Federation (ICF).

The following year, in March, 1966, in Vancouver, Canada, a draft constitution for the ICF was considered by seven countries (France was added to the original six), and the Federation was declared to be established as of April 1, 1966.

At the Federation’s annual meeting in 1968 in Pointe Claire, Quebec, these rules were

adopted, but are subject to amendment and revision each year. Also in 1968, the Air Canada Silver Broom replaced the Scotch Cup, and it was sanctioned as the World Curling Championship.

In 1974 in Switzerland, the tournament was held with the participation of six European teams (Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Norway), during the event was a meeting at which the initiative of Jean Schild decided to host the European Championships. In March 1975, Jean Schild presented this proposal to the ICF conference, where he finally decided to organize the European Championships for men and women. The competition was held for the first time in December the same year in Megeve (France), then also created the European Council of curling, and later the name was changed at the European Curling Federation.

In the same year, ICF has organized the first Junior World Championships and in 1979 the first Women’s World Championships, and in 1988 Women’s Junior World Championships.

In 1989 they combined four tournaments in two world championships: the World Curling Champioschips and World Curling Junior Championschips.

The Constitution had a significant adjustment in 1982, when the Federation was declared an independent entity and approved as the governing body for curling in the world, while the Royal Caledonian Curling Club was acknowledged as the Mother Club of Curling.

In 1991, the name of the Federation was changed to the World Curling Federation (WCF).

Curling was a demonstration sport for a second and third time at the Olympic Winter Games of 1988 (Calgary) and 1992 (Albertville) for teams of men and women.

On 21 July 1992, at its session in Barcelona, Spain, the International Olympic Committee granted official medal status to Men’s and Women’s Curling, to take effect no later than the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, with an option for 1998 at Nagano, Japan.

During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998.

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