Curling Stone

Developed in Scotland and played in the northern United States, curling debuted as a medal sport at the 1998 Winter Olympics. This curling stone belonged to 75-year-old curler Rudy Senich, of Duluth, Minn., who has been curling three nights a week for the past 35 years. According to Senich's curling club rulebook, "Curling is a game of skill and traditions . . . Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose, rather than to win unfairly!"
Currently not on view
Object Name
stone, curling
Date made
ca 1950
Senich, Rudy
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 20.5 cm x 30.5 cm; x 8 1/16 in x 12 in
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Duluth
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Olympic Winter Games: Nagano, 1998
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 1:15:45 PM
Curling didn't debut at the 1998 Winter Olympics. I know that I watched it during the late 50's or 60's as a child. You can't forget watching the sweeping with the old corn brooms that look like large old wisk brooms.
7/16/2013 3:21:50 PM
National Museum of American History
Thank you for your message pointing out the confusing phrasing of the curling stone label. We recognize that the sport has been around for centuries. In 1924 at the Chamonix Winter Olympic Games, curling was included for the first and only time until 1998 when the sport was officially added to the Games. We will re-write the label as a result of your thoughtful comment.
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