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There are two types of broom. The most common is a brush or "push broom". The other is a corn/straw/Canadian broom, which, with long bristles, looks much like a normal broom.
For indoor tournaments the artificially created ice has its surface sprinkled with water droplets which freeze into tiny bumps on the surface. Called "pebbled ice", this surface helps the stone's grip and leads to more consistent curling.
The rink is 42.07m long and 4.28m wide with a target - or house - at either end.
Special curling shoes are common; shoes should grip the ice well. While shooting, extremely slippery surfaces such as Teflon are used on the sliding foot. Some are built into the shoes and others are strapped on over the shoes.
Also known as a stone, a curling rock is made of rare, dense granite that is quarried on Scotland's Ailsa Craig. Each rock weighs 19.1kg and is polished.
Highlights of the Men's Curling gold medal game as Canada beat Great Britain to win the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
Medal Winners:Gold: CanadaSilver: Great Britain
Highlights of the Women's Curling gold medal game as Canada beat Sweden 6-3 to win the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
Medal Winners:Gold: CanadaSilver: Sweden