In a curling match, two teams made up of four players launch granite stones (stones) weighing almost 20 kg across a sheet of ice, with the objective of arriving as close as possible to the target, called the house, represented by four concentric rings. Each team has a total of eight stones available, two for each player, during each end, or set. A whole game may last 8 or 10 ends. The points for each end are awarded when all the players have launched their stones, on the basis of how many stones belonging to the same team are closer to the centre of the house, exactly as takes place in bowls. The final objective is to obtain more points than the opposing team.
The particular characteristic of this sport is the so-called sweeping phase, used by players to heat up the ice with their brooms in order to change the trajectory or the speed of the stone. The strategy adopted by the team is also very important, with each team trying to protect its own stones from those of the adversary by positioning them with ingenuity and expertise in the house area.
Curling first appeared in the programme of the Universiade in Tarvisio in 2003, where it was presented as an optional discipline. It proved immediately popular: in the first edition 6 men’s teams and 5 women’s team battled it out for the gold medal, attracting a good number of spectators and giving rise to considerable interest.
For these reasons, curling has become one of the compulsory sports in the Universiade programme, with teams of the highest level participating year after year, also capable of winning important medals at other international competitions.
During the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, two curling tournaments will be organised: one for men and one for women, with a total of 10 teams in each.
The venue for the curling tournament will be the spacious ice rink at Baselga di Piné, which can seat up to 1800 spectators, who will be able to follow both «calculated» curling matches and the excitement of speed skating competitions organised at Baselga di Piné ice rink.
GOLD MEDALS AWARDED: 2
Men’s tournament and women’s tournament
PARTICIPATION OF ATHLETES
Men: each tournament provides for the participation of a maximum of 10 teams, each made up of 5 players (four plus a reserve).
Women: each tournament provides for the participation of a maximum of 10 teams, each made up of 5 players (four plus a reserve).
Each NUSF (National University Sports Federation) can request the inclusion of one men’s team and one women’s team.
In the event that more teams are registered than there are places available, the participating teams will be selected on the basis of the results obtained at other editions of the Universiade or the results of any qualifying matches.