Curling dates back early, to around 1958 at the North Shore Winter Club and possibily 1952 at the Capilano Winter club, on the north Shore. Curling in Vancouver dates back to 1912 in the City of Vancouver.
In February 2002, the International Olympic Committee retroactively decided that the curling competition from the 1924 Winter Olympics (originally called Semaine des Sports d'Hiver, or International Winter Sports Week) would be considered official Olympic events and no longer be considered demonstration events.
Thus, the first Olympic medals in curling, which at the time was played outside, were awarded for the 1924 Winter Games, with the gold medal won by Great Britain and Ireland, two silver medals by Sweden, and the bronze by France.
Since the 1998 Olympics, Canada has dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 & 2002. The women's team won gold in 1998 & 2014, a silver in 2010, and a bronze in 2002 & 2006.
Main article: Curling at the Winter Olympics
Special needs in curling
Main article: Wheelchair curling
Curling has been adapted for wheelchair users and people otherwise unable to throw the stone from the hack.
These curlers may use a device known as a "curler's cue" or "delivery stick". The cue holds on to the handle of the stone and is then pushed along by the curler.
At the end of delivery, the curler pulls back on the cue, which releases it from the stone.
The Canadian Curling Association Rules of Curling allows the use of a delivery stick in club play but does not permit it in championships.