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Why Curling Is Legitimately Awesome

With the Winter Olympics a mere 100 days away, it’s time to jump-start your crippling case of SOCHI FEVER by appreciating the sport of stone sliding.

Curling became ironically popular during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics simply because it was cool to support something that not everyone was into. And then a ton of people jumped on the curling bandwagon when they found out that some of the athletes looked like this:

That’s Carmen Schaefer of Switzerland.

Which is totally acceptable. Looking at hot people is one of my favorite hobbies. But curling is actually a lot cooler than people give it credit for, and it’s definitely more than just a few good looking people sliding a rock down a lane of ice.

To begin with, it takes intense concentration and balance to have complete control of the stone.

Because the lightest touch makes the biggest difference. Just look at how gently he twists this sucker.

That kind of precision leads to shots like this, where the rock splits two stones without getting nudged.

Or this shot that curls around two opposing stones and still somehow find its way into the center of the house (bullseye).

It takes strategy to pull off the shot you want.

And everyone has to do their part to make sure it gets executed properly.

And even when you do manage to hit your target, your opponent can still screw you over by knocking your stone away.

Which is why it’s important to know exactly how much to sweep…

Plus, it’s kind of remarkable that nobody kicks a stone while sweeping. Curlers have excellent peripheral vision and feet control.

And when everything lines up as planned, it is actually really impressive.

Seeing a team get it all together to nail the exact perfect shot.

Wow. Did that just give you goosebumps? Yeah, same here, guys. Same here.

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