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     challenging words:    arena, slip-on, traction, unfamiliar, rotate, equipment, sport, participate, opposite, rough, destination, friction, order, allow, level, lead
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By Jane Runyon

1     Curling is a sport that most Americans are unfamiliar with. You will find that it is a very popular sport in Canada, our neighbor. It is a very old sport. Many people in Scotland curled in the 1500's. Paintings exist of early Dutch peasants curling.
2     A curling competition was held in the 1924 Olympics. It didn't become an official Olympic event until 1998. Curling is called a people's sport. Men, women, children, young, old, and even physically impaired people can participate in the sport.
3     A curling arena is a sheet of ice that is perfectly level. The official arena is 146 feet long and 14 feet 2 inches wide. Fine droplets of water are sprayed onto the ice to create pebbles. These pebbles create friction for the game stone.

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