The science and skill of curling

Published 9:22 AM ET, Mon October 28, 2013
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There is more science behind the world of curling than first meets the eye, a sport that may be played out on a rink of 30 meters in length but that is often decided by mere fractions and centimeters . Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
The curling stone is made of Scottish granite and slid along the ice, usually with one to three rotations in its trajectory to curve it past what are known as guarding stones as teams battle for position. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
When margins of victory are so tight, scientific researchers from both Sweden and Scotland have argued their research can fractionally help but also give players greater logic in grasping their natural instincts. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
The purpose of sweeping is done to create friction on the ice, the motion of sweeping both harder and faster extending the journey of the stone, which can be as much as one meter with the use of sweeping. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Eve Muirhead's British team is among the favorites to win Olympic curling gold at Sochi next year, in what will be her second Games leading out her side having previously failed to make it into medal contention in Vancouver. Mark Runnacles/Getty Images
Much of the play is dictated by the skip. Here Great Britain's Muirhead is in action as her side take on Sweden in a battle of skill and science judging by the two nations' research. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images