About Curling

the origin of curling was a winter game for children and adults at frozen pond or river in Europe.

Curling was established as a winter sport about 180 years ago, in 1838, and later developed in Canada as an indoor sport.

Through large-scale competitions, mainly in Canada, it was developed into an international sport. In 1959, the first World Curling Championship was held and International Curling Federation (ICF) was founded in 1966. (Later, in 1991, the organization changed the name as World Curling Federation (WCF)). Around the same time, it was approved by International Olympic Committee (IOC). Currently, 45 countries joined as members and South Korea became a member in 1996. Curling, which was named after the curling (rotating) motion of the stone, is known worldwide as a winter sport but it first originated from a European game in which players threw stones on ice at a pond or river.

In Scotland, where the sport was invented, a curling stone inscribed with the date 1511 is preserved, showing the 500 years of history of this winter sport.

Member countries of the World

Scotland I Andorra I Australia I Austria I Bell Lucia I Belgium I Brazil I Bulgaria I Canada I China I Croatia I Czech I Danish I English I Estonian I Finland I France I Germany I Greece I Hungary I Iceland I Islands I Italian I Japanese I Kazakhstan I South Korea I Latvia I Liechtenstein Lithuania I Luxembourg I Netherlands I New Zealand I Norway I Poland I Russia I Slovakia I Serbia I Spain I Sweden I Switzerland I Taiwan I USA I Virgin Islands I Turkey I Welsh


It first became an official event since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Based on scores from world championships during three years until the previous year of the Olympics, male and female teams from 12 countries compete in the Olympics. Today, in Canada, curling is popular as a national sport (TV ratings around 13%) and also played in the US, many European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, by people of different ages and genders. Currently, the number of curling players and amateurs is estimated at 2 million worldwide. In the annual world championship, top 12 male and female teams compete.

Curling in Gyeongsangbukdo

Founded on July 1, 1995, Gyeongbuk Curling Association, in the early days, engaged in overseas training in Canada, etc., seminars, and various international competitions and camps. The organization then held training sessions and made other efforts to promote and activate the sport, as well as found curling associations in over 10 provinces and cities in South Korea.

Also, it led the history of Korean curling with results such as:

  • 1st place male team in 2002 Pacific-Asia Curling Championship,
  • 3rd place male team in 2003 Winter Universiade,
  • 5th place male team and 6th place female team in 2004 World Junior Curling Championship,
  • 5th place male team in 2007 Torino Winter Universiade,
  • 4th place in 2009 Harbin Winter Universiade,
  • 1st place male team in 2011 Turkey Winter Universiade and
  • 1st place male team in 2011 Pacific Winter Sports Competition

For the first time in Korea, Gyungbuk Curling Association built an international-level curling stadium and is striving to expand curling population in the country.

Curling Federation

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