For those still interested in curling even though the Olympics are over, the round robin portion of men’s and women”s US National Championships begin today at 4:30.
The entire ever is schedule to be streamed on usacurl.org, although NBCSN may take over coverage of the playoffs. The schedule of...
If someone doesn't release the stone before the hog line, the stone immediately gets removed from play.
If a sweeper touches the thrown stone (with his/her broom, etc.) before the stone reaches the far hog line, it is considered "burned" and is immediately removed from play.
If the stone is...
That sort of is the point. Having hammer is the biggest advantage a team has. You don't want to give it up by only scoring one point unless you have to. That's why teams will intentionally blank an end instead of taking an easy one point.
In most league games, yes, Hammer is determined by a flip of a coin.
But in high level competitions, befor ethe game starts, each skip throws a single rock, with sweeping, and whoever gets closer to the pin gets hammer in the 1st end.
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