Ever Wondered Where the Curling Stones Come From Which Are Used In Olympics
Many of us remember curling as one of the most interesting games in Olympics but besides being just a game it has something wonderfully ordinary about the level of fitness to slide stones on the sheet of ice towards a target area, segmented into four concentric circles.
Does anyone know what the center of attraction in the game, curling is? The stone of course. The stone is more than extraordinary as there as few rocks that can withstand the stress of sliding along melting ice. More interesting is to know where this stone comes from.
The stone is found on a tiny island off the Scottish coast called Ailsa Craig. The place is situated 10 miles west of mainland Scotland which was inhabited by the Catholics during the Scottish Reformation. The island is also known as ‘paddy’s milestone’ as it actually is a volcanic plug.
The curling stones are being made by kays of Scotland since 1851 and hold exclusive rights to the Ailsa Craig Granite. In fact, the supply of curling stones in the Olympics winter games are made by the kays of Scotland.
The kays extract thousand tons of stone every 10 years. The stone’s blue hone helps to tighten the molecular structure and green granite give the body a distinctive structure.