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Seriously, that’s what I do. As a curler, I throw polished, granite “stones” at icy, circular targets, or “houses.” It sounds a little unusual, I know. Then again, curling is an unusual sport.

In every match, two teams of four people each gather on a “sheet” of ice. The goal? Outscore your opponent by throwing your stones towards a target that’s painted into the ice 146 feet away. The more stones you have closest to the center, the more points you receive. Sounds simple, right? It is. I mastered it in about 10 minutes.

I’m kidding.

It took me about 10 minutes to learn the rules, but as the old saying goes, it may take a lifetime to master. You see, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. The purpose of this blog is to shed some light on this obscure sport. From the ice itself, to the players involved, I’ll attempt to cover every aspect of curling.

Richard Gonyeau, who lives in Rotterdam, is a member of the Schenectady Curling Club.

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