Wheelchair curling

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Wheelchair curling is a type of curling. It is for people with physical disabilities.

History[change | change source]

Curling started to be at the Olympic Games in 1998. Wheelchair curling was introduced to the Winter Paralympics program in 2002.[1] People from 16 countries played wheelchair curling in 2017.[1]

Rules[change | change source]

Wheelchair curling is governed by the World Curling Federation.[1] Wheelchair curlers play on teams of four people.[1] One person on the team throws a 19.96 kilogram granite stone across an ice track. The track is 45 meter long. At the end of the track is a big circle. It has 4 rings. The diameter is 183 centimeters. There is a dot in the center. A team tries to get their stones the closest to the center. After each team throws ten stones, the team with the most stones closest to the center wins.[1]

The person who throws the stone sits in their chair on a rubber mat.[1] They use a special stick to assist in throwing the stone.[1]

Eligibility[change | change source]

People who can play wheelchair curling have to have a disability. There are several eligible types of disabilities. They include paraplegics, people with cerebral palsy, people with amputations of the lower limbs, and people with multiple sclerosis.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Zimowe dyscypliny Paraolimpijskie". Polski Komitet Paraolimpijski (in Polish). Retrieved 20 February 2018.