The Winter Olympics are upon us, and with them come all the usual sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey. But there are also a few sports that might surprise you. Here’s a look at some of the lesser-known sports that are part of the Winter Olympics.
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Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric rings. It is an official sport in the Winter Olympic Games.
There are two types of curling, team curling and mixed doubles curling. In team curling, each player has two stones, and in mixed doubles curling, each player has one stone. The object of the game is to score points by having your stones closer to the center of the target than your opponent’s stones.
Points are scored for each stone that is closer to the center than any of the opponent’s stones. The number of points scored for a stone depends on how many opponent’s stones are closer to the center. If there are no opponent’s stones closer to the center, then the stone scores one point.
The game is played over ten ends, and the team with the most points at the end of ten ends wins the game.
There are ten different events in curling at the Winter Olympic Games: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s team, women’s team, mixed team, wheelchair men’s team and wheelchair women’s team.
Nordic combined, one of the funnest sounding sports out there, is the only skiing discipline in the Olympics. Why? It’s a combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The ski jumping portion is first, and competitors earn points based on how far they jump and how well they land. The cross-country part comes next, with competitors skiing around a 2.5 kilometer (1.5 miles) course as fast as they can.
Skating is not in the Winter Olympics.
Bobsledding is not in the Winter Olympics. It is a winter sport that involves sliding down a track in a sled. The sled is typically steered by the driver using their body weight. Bobsledding is often confused with luge, another winter sliding sport. However, luge involves sliding down the track solo, whereas bobsledding involves riding in a sled with a team of two or four. Bobsledding first appeared in the Winter Olympics in 1924.
Luge (/luːʒ/ loohzh, from the French: luge [lyʒ]) is a cold weather sport in which athletes ride a small sled, typically down a frozen track, either individually or in teams.
The sport is contested at the Winter Olympic Games, and was first included in the games in 1964. It became an official Olympic sport in 1968, when singles and doubles events were contested. It is one of three sliding sports at the Winter Olympics, with bobsleigh and skeleton also featured.
The sleds used in luge are typically made of fiberglass or carbon fiber composites. They must weigh no more than 140 lb (64 kg) for singles or 310 lb (140 kg) for doubles. They are fitted with metal runners that allow smooth passage over the ice surface.
The major competitions in luge are the World Championships, held annually since 1955; the European Championships, first held in 1957; and the FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships, initiated in 1979. These races are governed by the International Luge Federation (FIL).
Luge was first contested at the 1964 Winter Olympics for men only. At these Games in Innsbruck, Austria, doubles was added to the programme; singles and doubles have been held at every edition of the Winter Olympics since then. Women’s singles was added to the programme for the 1976 Winter Olympics; this event has taken place at every edition of the Games since then. relay was introduced at the 2006 Winter Olympics but was dropped from subsequent editions of the Games granted that it only featured once every four years (unlike other winter sports which feature yearly).