How curling is scored

Updated: January 20, 2010, 7:09 PM ET
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How curling is scored in the Olympics:

Two four-person teams face off in the round-robin Olympic tournament, with 10 ends or innings in which the teams take turns throwing -- or sliding -- the approximately 42-pound granite stone down a 150-foot sheet of ice to a set of scoring circles. Points are scored in each end based on the stones' proximity to the centermost circle in the house, called the button.

Team members sweep the ice in front of the stone while it's traveling to change its speed or direction to make it "curl." The team with the most points after 10 ends wins, with extra ends necessary in the event of a tie. A team scores one point for each stone located in or touching the house closer than those of the opponent. A measuring device is used if necessary. Each team may call two 60-second timeouts during the course of the 10-end match.


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