Curling Wouldn’t Be Possible Without Granite!

 

One of the most intriguing sports at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is not the downhill skiing or snowboarding half pipe. Those are sports that remain popular outside of the Olympics. curling is one such sport, however, that shines its brightest on the Olympic stage every four years. Many people find curling to be fascinating not for its action or drama, but simply because they have no clue what’s going on.

At first glance, curling is about as confusing as it gets. You have what looks like a giant shuffleboard court made of ice with players sliding granite slabs down the ice while other players sweep in front of the slab. Yes, that’s right, they sweep the ice with a special broom. Sports like hockey or biathlon require intense physical skill and the playing surface is for displays of strength and agility. Curling is a sport dominated by strategy and planning, like chess on ice.

What we find most interesting about curling at Broward Marble & Granite is the fact that curling stones are made from a solid piece of granite. Not just any granite either, very special types of granite known as Blue Hone  and Ailsa Craig Common Green only found two places in the entire world; the isle of Ailsa Craig and the Trefor Granite Quarry, both in the United Kingdom. These specific granite types are utilized because they are extremely water resistant so water isn’t absorbed into the stone where it would freeze and compromise the stone’s structural integrity. Curling stones are bashed into each other on a regular basis so they need to be as hard as possible to stand up to the abuse.

The original curling inventors probably settled on granite in the first place because it is so strong and can hold up to a beating. Many people in choose granite for their kitchen countertops in Fort Lauderdale, FL for the same reason. A granite countertop offers unparalleled beauty and amazing durability and can totally transform a kitchen or bathroom from boring to captivating. Call Broward Marble & Granite today or stop by the showroom and check out the huge selection of high quality granite in stock. We also specialize in granite and marble remnants for vanity tops and backsplashes!

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