The 1974 World Curling Championships got off to an exciting start at Berne in Switzerland on Monday (18 March).
The 1974 World Curling Championships got off to an exciting start at Berne in Switzerland on Monday (18 March). The favourites, Canada, scored an easy 7-3 victory over Norway.
Switzerland scored 2 narrow 6 to 5 win over France; America beat Denmark 10 to 4 and Sweden beat Germany 4-3.
The surprise result of the first day was Italy's 6-3 win over Scotland. Italy, competing for only the second time in the championships, beat the country that claims to be the home of curling.
Curling began as an open air sport played on the ice of frozen rivers and lakes. Rocks were slid along the ice surface towards a bull's eye or "button", as it is called now.
Today, the sport has gone indoors. The rocks have become 40-pound slabs of high polished granite with handles to push them with.
The present world champions date back to 1959, when the Canadian champion curling team were invited to meet the Scottish champions. Since then, Canadians have won twelve of fifteen world championships.