Curling – Everything You Need To Know – The 2018 Winter Olympics

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Curling might not be the most strenuous Winter Olympic competition, but this 500-year old sport requires world-class skill and concentration. Athletes train for years to hone their curling technique and the qualification process to reach Pyeongchang was intense. It’s also the only sport to have a match every single day of the Olympics. So yeah, this isn’t shuffleboard at a beach resort. The Canadian men have dominated since the sport was added in 1998, winning gold in the last three Olympics after taking home silver in 1998 and 2002.

What Is Curling?

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Like a winter version of shuffleboard, curling is played on a frozen surface measuring 150 feet long and 16.5 feet wide. At each end of the surface is a series of circles that resembles an archery target (called a ‘house’). Each team is composed of four players, who take turns throwing the 44-pound curling stone at the target. Hitting the center of the house (called the ‘button’) is the goal here – the team with the stone closest to the button gets the point. And of course, you can disrupt your opponent by knocking their stones off the board.


In an Olympic curling match, there are 10 rounds (called ‘ends’ – you really need a curling dictionary to understand all the terms). Each team gets to throw eight stones per end and the score is tallied by which team has more stones closer to the button. A ‘perfect game’ in curling would mean all eight of your stones wound up closer to the button than your opponent’s – giving you an 8-0 score for that end. To change the speed or course of the stone, brooms are used on the playing surface. The brooms melt a portion of the ice, giving the stone a watery track to glide through at speed. At the end of 10 ends (curse you curling lingo), the team with the most points is the winner. If it’s tied after 10 ends, sudden death overtime is played.

Olympic Curling Schedule

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Like alpine skiing, curling at the Pyeongchang will feature a mixed gender event for the first time in history. The three events are the men’s tournament, women’s tournament, and mixed doubles competition.

Here is a schedule of Olympic Curling Events and the channels they will be on. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Men’s Tournament

  • Feb 14-21: Preliminary competition
  • Feb 22: Tiebreaker – NBCSN 2-5:20 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Feb 22: Semifinals – NBCSN 1:45–4:45 p.m. (replay at 10 p.m.-2 a.m.)
  • Feb 23: Bronze Medal Match – NBCSN, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Feb 24: Gold Medal Match – NBCSN, 3-6:30 a.m. (replay at 4-6 p.m)

Women’s Tournament

  • Feb 14-21: Preliminary Competition
  • Feb 22: Tiebreaker – NBCSN 2-5:20 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Feb 23: Semifinals – CNBC, 5-8 p.m. (replay on NBCSN at 8 p.m.-12 a.m.)
  • Feb 24: Bronze Medal Match – NBCSN, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Feb 24: Gold Medal Match – NBCSN, 7-10:30 p.m.

Mixed Doubles Tournament

  • Feb 8-11: Round Robin Play
  • Feb 11: Tiebreaker – NBCSN, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Feb 12: Semifinal 1 – NBCSN, 1-2:40 a.m., Semifinal 2 – NBCSN, 8-10 p.m.
  • Feb 13: Bronze Medal Match NBCSN, 12:05 p.m.-2:40 a.m. 
  • Feb 13: Gold Medal Match –  CNBC, 5-8 p.m.

This year, 13 nations are participating in the curling events: Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Norway, Olympic Athletes from Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

How to Watch

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With the games on NBC, cord cutters will have no shortage of options. Games will be on the NBC family of networks (NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports) and NBCOlympics.com is dedicated to streaming live events. Full viewing schedule will be available closer to the opening ceremonies.

Here’s a list of services that allow you to stream the Olympics:

For more details about these services and the Olympic Games, visit our main 2018 Winter Olympics page.



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