SOCHI, Russia (AP) China is rising. The traditional hotbeds of Scotland and Scandinavia are still going strong. The likes of South America and Kuwait are starting to get interested.
But there's no doubt where the balance of power lies in curling after the Sochi Olympics.
Canada added a fresh chapter to its storied curling history by becoming the first country to win the gold medals in the men's and women's tournaments at the same Olympics.
Curling is called "The Roaring Game" due to the sound the stone makes as it glides across the ice. The sport debuted in 1924, but didn't officially return to the Olympics until 1998. It's been a roaring success ever since, going from curiosity to one of the most popular events at the Winter Games. It also celebrates the Olympic spirit as an event that promotes sportsmanship, as teams are expected to shake hands before and after matches. Learn all about curling's history, rules, equipment and terms to be better prepared to enjoy matches from Sochi's Ice Cube Curling Center.