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Sneak peek into the Olympic game of curling

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A broom, stone and ice rink. It may sound like a heated quidditch match at Hogwarts, but these are the tools for the game of curling.

The sport will be in the 2014 Winter Olympics, and has been an Olympic sport since 1998 and originated in Scotland.

The Cedar Rapids Curling Team said it can't wait for the games to commence, especially the curling rounds.

Club President Lon Peper broke down the basics:

There are four players on a team: the lead, second, third and skip. Each player throws two stones, or commonly referred to as rocks. The object of the game is to get the stone closest to the center of the house, which is the target-like mark on the ice.

The broom is what players use to "sweep" the ice in front of the stone as it glides across the rink. The sweeping allows for smoother and faster travel of the stone.

Curler Kari Kozak, a member of the Cedar Rapids Curling Club, said curling is a sport of etiquette. There are no referees, so curlers are responsible for calling their own fouls.

She also describes the game as one of strategy, as players purposefully release the stones to reach the target or bump another stone, trying to land in, or close to, the house center.

Kozak expects the USA Curling Team do to well in the 2014 Olympic games, and said the women's team is especially strong this year.

After a friendly curling match is what's called "broom stacking."

The term comes from when curlers used to use brooms made out of corn, and had to stack them to dry after the game. Curlers said this is when both teams gather for a round of cold ones -- usually beer is the beverage of choice.

"Teams will head to the bar and the losing team will buy the winning team a round of drinks, and then the winning team will buy a round." Kozak said. "It's a way for the teams to socialize after a game."
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