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The playing area in Curling Olympic is shown here. Rocks must land between the hog line (bottom of photo) and the back line (behind the rings) and may not contact boards or out lines (on the sides) at any time during travel. The Curling Olympic sheet, by World Curling Federation standards, is an area of ice 146 to 150 feet (45 to 46Â m) in length by 14.5 to 16.5 feet (4.4 to 5.0Â m) in width, carefully prepared to be as close to level as possible. The ice is most often frozen by means of a refrigeration plant that cools a brine solution running lengthwise in numerous pipes under the curling sheet. A key part of the preparation of the playing surface is the spraying of water droplets, called â¬Åpebble, onto the level ice. Due to the friction between the stone and pebble, the stone turns to the inside or outside, causing the stone to â¬Åcurl.
The amount of curl can change during a game as the pebble wears. The surface of the ice is maintained at a temperature around 23Â Â°F (Ë'5Â Â°C). Making and maintaining perfect ice conditions at a Curling Olympic club is as much art as science. Most Curling Olympic clubs have an ice maker, whose main job is to care for the ice. At the major Curling Olympic championships, ice maintenance is extremely important. Large events, such as the Brier or other national championships, are typically held in an arena that presents a challenge to the ice maker, as they must constantly monitor and adjust the ice and air temperatures as well as air humidity levels to ensure a consistent playing surface.
It is common for each sheet of ice to have multiple sensors embedded in order to monitor surface temperature, as well as probes set up in the seating area (to monitor humidity) and in the compressor room (to monitor brine supply and return temperatures). Players must push out of the hack to deliver their stones; whether they are left- or right-handed determines which foot they use.
On the sheet, a 12-foot (3.7Â m) wide set of concentric rings, called the house, is placed (painted or by laying down vinyl rings) near each end of the rink. The centre of the house, known as the button, is marked by the junction of two lines that divide the house into quarters. The two lines are the centre line, which is drawn lengthwise down the centre of the sheet, and the tee line, drawn 16 feet (4.9Â m) from the backboard and parallel to it. Two other linesâ¬"the hog linesâ¬"are drawn parallel to each backboard and 37 feet (11Â m) from them.
More so than in many team sports, good sportsmanship is an integral part of Curling Olympic. For example, celebrating an error by the opposing team, fully acceptable in some sports, is frowned upon in Curling Olympic. Even at the highest levels of play, players are expected to â¬Åcall their own fouls, so to speak, such as alerting the opposing skip if they burned a stone. It is also traditional for the winning team to buy the losing team a drink after the game. (This is an interesting contrast to the game of darts, where the loser traditionally buys the winner a drink by way of congratulations.) This is often referred to as the Spirit of Curling Olympic.
As noted above in the game play section, it is not uncommon for a team to concede a Curling Olympic match after it believes it no longer has a reasonable chance of winning but before all ends are completed. Concession is an honourable act and does not carry the stigma associated with quitting, and allows for more socializing. To concede a match, the losing team removes their curling gloves (if they wear them) and offer congratulatory handshakes to the winning team. Thanks and wishes of future good luck are usually exchanged between the teams.
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