Canada opened its defence of the "Silver Broom" on Tuesday (March 21) as eight teams battled for the World Curling Championship at the Olympic Sports Centre in Garmisch, West Germany.
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Background: Canada opened its defence of the "Silver Broom" on Tuesday (March 21) as eight teams battled for the World Curling Championship at the Olympic Sports Centre in Garmisch, West Germany.
Curling, a winter sport similar to bowls or shuffleboard, is played in an ice rink. Like golf, it is especially associated with Scotland where it achieved popularity in the early 1800's. Later, the sport developed in North America and is now played in Europe and Australia.
The present World Curling Championship has its origins in the late 1950's. The Silver Broom trophy was introduced in 1968 when Air Canada took over sponsorship of the games.
SYNOPSIS: West Germany's Olympic Centre at Tuesday's start of the 1972 Curling Championship with Canada defending its world title against seven international teams. Curling, a winter sport similar to bowls, is played on ice. Historians have traced the game's origin to sixteenth century Holland, although since the early 1800's curling has been especially associated with Scotland.
Now there are curling clubs on three continents. This year's four-day found-robin championship competition has the Canadian team fielding challenges from the Swedish, Norwegian, Swiss, U.S., German, Scottish, and French teams. France is rated the best chance of winning the title. The present curling championship play began 13 years ago and was sponsored by the Scotch Whiskey Association. Now Air Canada sponsors the competition.
Under Air Canada's patronage the championship matches were officially internationalised and a new trophy, the Silver Broom, was won for the first time in 1968.
This year's championship match opened with Switzerland making the first attempt to dethrone the Canadians. Each team consists of four players armed with brooms and specially constructed stones with handles on top. The object of the game is to slide the stones into a marked area on the rink known as the tee. Around the tee are a series of concentric circles to aid in scoring.
The brooms are used to sweep the ice along the path the stone will move, allowing it to travel straighter and farther. Each player has two stones to deliver. When all 16 stones have been played, the team whose stones lie nearer the tee are declared the winners of that inning. The sport is often called "the roaring game" because of the sound made by the stones as they speed toward the tee.
In the first match, the Canadians held on to the Silver Broom, defeating Switzerland 11 to 6. Later in the day, the U.S. team tried thais Luck. But the Canadian curlers beat the Americans 11 to 1.