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John Landsteiner

Welcome

Welcome all, to Quality News. On this webpage we have information about the athlete John Landsteiner and the sport that he does, Curling. Along with some history about the sport, how its played, and the athlete as well. We also include article links that go into more detail about the recent events in the Sochi Olympics. I hope that you learn something here and continue to share this with your friends so that they too can learn about this interesting sport.

Landsteiner Profile

John Landsteiner is a 23 year old who descended from Duluth, Minnesota. This year is his first Olympic debut where he will be playing the position of "lead" on the U.S men's curling rink.

Career Highlights


  • John Landsteiner has won bronze medals in the 2012 and the 2013 U.S Nationals
  • Landsteiner won silver medals at both 2011 and 2010 U.S National Junior championships
  • Won bronze in the 2008 U.S National Junior Championships

Curling History

The exact origins of the team sport, curling, is unknown but it is believed to be one of the world's oldest team sports. Curling in its early days was played on frozen ice but National and International games are played in indoor rinks where the ice is carefully temperature controlled.

The first known Curling Clubs were formed in the 19th century in Scotland but the first International competition didn't take place till the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Later in 1965 the International Curling Federation was created.

Understanding Curling

Curling may not seem that interesting but its a sport that requires strategy. Thankfully the sport is rather easy to understand.

The sport is played with 2 two teams made up of 4 people on each team. They slide a 42 pound granite stone down a rink 140 feet long and 15 feet wide. The rocks are slid from one end of the rink to the other but the teams try to land it into a 12 foot diameter target. The sport is played back and forth usually 8-10 times.

Each player throws (slides) two stones towards the 12 foot diameter target, alternating with the opponent. After 16 stones are throw, the score is then determined. They team scores a point for each stone closest to the center without an opponent's rock closer.

Technology in Curling

In curling, the player brushes or sweeps the ice vigorously in front of the stone. Doing this causes friction which in turn causes heat and allows the stone to continue moving both faster and straighter.
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Team USA Gets Brushed Off The ICE

Feb 10, 2014 - The following article below is about Team USA's first curling match in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. It has the final score along with detailed events on what happened during the match.

The US heating up the ice

Feb 12, 2014 - The article below talks about the US's first win at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Up against Denmark, they won 9-5.

Great Britain For the win

Feb 13, 2014 - Great Britain claims a win against the US Thursday, losing 5-3. The US men's team is now 5-3.

USA Men's Team Sweeping away the competition

Feb14, 2014 - The article below shows the Men's Team from the US winning against Germany 8-5. This is the men's second win so far. Their next match will be against Russia who is 1-4

Russia Steal Win From USA Men

Feb 14. 2014 - The following article is about how Russia defeats the Men's Team in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Elimination

Canada's win against the USA (8-6), eliminates the American men from playoff contention.

9th in Sochi

The USA Men's curling team finished 9th place in the Sochi Olympics (2-7)