There is no other kind of sport that owes its cult status as much as curling to the Olympic Games. When there was a demonstration competition in Calgary in 1988, hardly anyone was interested. Ten years later, curling finally became an Olympic sport in 1998 at the Olympic game in Nagano. But the prejudices did not want to break down. It is just a traditional sport that does not interest anyone outside the scene. But the critics should be wrong.
Odds Hit at Olympia
Over the past twenty years, curling has played a regular part in the hearts of the audience and has won better ratings from one event to the next. During the Olympic Games of 2002 in Salt Lake City, more and more winter sports fans were enthusiastic about the sport thatseems strange at first glance. The fascination for the tactical game on ice has remained unbroken ever since. Suddenly, the marginal sport becames the focus of general interest, and many fans were watching the competition on screen. As a result, numerous sports channels have expanded their curling offers for the Olympic Games. That happened rightly; after all, the sport regularly reached millions of quotas during the significant events. Unfortunately, the general public’s interest disappeared afterward.
The United States Promote Curling
It looks quite different at the club level. In the United States, the number of clubs have grown to 185 now. Around 23,500 active athletes regularly measure themselves and their skills in numerous competitions. That ultimately led to the great success. The national team won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The high-performance program launched in 2010 was undoubtedly responsible for this achievement. That provided coaching, financing, and other resources to the competitive curling players. There even is a Junior Developmental Pool, which leads youngsters to curling and improves their skills.
Canada Loves Curling
Originally, this sport comes from Scotland where it was developed in the 15th century and then spread to Canada. There are around one million active athletes of this sport today, while curling in some big countries like Germany still has a niche existence. The largest country in Europe has just 17 clubs with 750 players. Curling requires specially prepared ice tracks for the exercise. You cannot use a standard ice rink for this. That makes it challenging to find enough infrastructure for curling. In Canada up to 10,000 fans may cheer live during competitions.
Curling fans describe the sport as something sensual and soothing. The players push a 17-kilogram chunk towards the target circle with momentum, and then the tension reaches its peak. While the audience is raging, the athletes try to lead to the goal by wiping with the curling broom. Anyone who has seen this before knows how exciting such a competition can be. It is therefore desirable for the athletes that curling considers the next Olympic hype and establish themselves as a successful sport.