Wheelchair curling was adopted as a formal event at the 2006 Torino Winter Paralympic Games.
At the Winter Paralympics one wheelchair curling medal event is competed.
Each wheelchair curling team is comprised of both men and women and each event has 8 ends.
When a Paralympian throws the stone, a person from the same team holds the wheelchair so that the wheelchair stays firm.
To throw the stone, athletes may use their arms and hands, or their delivery stick. Sweeping is not permitted.
The feet of the player who throws the stone must not contact the surface of the ice.
Delivery means the process of throwing a stone. The Paralympian calculates the weight, turn and path of the stone.
Wheelchair curling requires strategy involving pushing or blocking the other team’s stones.
The teams can play using an aggressive strategy (aiming to get as many stones as possible into the house) or a defensive strategy (focusing on hitting the other team’s stones rather than scoring).
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