About Curling

Curling History

The earliest form of curling originated in the 1500s with its roots stemming from Scotland. To this day, the granite that is used to make a curling rock is harvested from only two places: Ailsa Craig, an island off the coast of Scotland, and the Trefor Granite Quarry in Wales .   


Curling, also known as "the roaring game", got its name because the rock moves, or "curls", either to the right or to the left, based on the rotation that the person delivering puts on it. "The roaring game" comes from the sound the rock makes as it moves down the sheet of ice.  


Curling moved from Scotland to Canada with Scottish immigrants and the first established curling club in North America opened in 1807. Canada grew and perfected the sport. Canada boasts over a million curlers, holding the most Olympic and World Championship medals worldwide and is only second to hockey in Canadian television viewership.  


In 1830 curling moved to the United States and has been a sleeping giant. The sport has gradually grown across the country and now boasts curling clubs in 46 states. As the sport continue to grow, the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs has become the curling mecca for the U.S. The Richfield Curling Club is the 6th curling facility in the area!  


Curling found itself as an official Olympic sport during the Nagano games in 1998. In the 2006 Olympics, Team Fenson won bronze, making U.S. history winning the first ever medal for the states. Most recently, Team Shuster made Olympic history winning the gold in the 2018 Olympics, being dubbed the Miracurl on ice.