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Curling’s Strange Allure

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Women’s league curling at the Norfolk Curling Club. Photo By Wiley Wood

Curlers talk about “delivering” the stone across the 45 meters of pebbled ice to the target area. The thrust comes from the legs, as the curler pushes off from the hack, or foothold, and glides forward like a fencer lunging at his opponent. The hand that guides the 44-lb rock grasps it lightly, “like holding a chick,” says a curling instructor at the Norfolk Curling Club, and only at the last moment gives the handle a slow clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation to keep it on course.

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