Curling was invented in Scotland in the 1500's and is popular in many countries today, particulary in Canada and Northern Europe.
Curling has been an official sport in the games since the 1998 Winter Olympics. When it was introduced to the Olympics, it was greeted with cries of
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!
but we soon became fans.
Two teams of four players take turns sliding heavy stones across the ice towards a circular target marked on the ice. Brooms are used to change the surface of the ice so that the stone will reach the right place in the center of the circle.
I don't know enough about the game to explain it further. NBC doesn't let us see much curling and Just when I get a handle on understanding it, the Olympics are over and I have to wait four more years.
It is a complex game requiring a lot of skill and strategy, but not a lot of strength or endurance. It has been called "chess on ice" but it is a lot more fun to watch than chess. Noisier too.
And it is addicting.
This year Canada took gold in the men's and women's competition.