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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.

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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.
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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.

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

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

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

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

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It takes strategy to pull off the shot you want.

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

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

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Which is why it's important to know exactly how much to sweep...

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Or how little...

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

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

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

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Every.

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Single.

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Time.

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

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