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Russian Curling Players Switch Curling Stones for Cars

Vehicles participating in the Yekaterinburg tournament were safety-proofed to prevent accidents.

20 March 2017

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Residents of Russia’s fourth-largest city have turned the reality of car accidents on icy roads into an original sport. Four teams of 10 people vied for the podium this weekend in what could have been Yekaterinburg’s, and possibly Russia’s, first-ever curling car tournament, the Associated Press writes.

 

 

The competition involved Russian-made, Lada Oka cars, which were made more lightweight and safer after the removal of the engine, windows, and other heavy parts. Teams had to push the cars and let them slide and crash into each other on an ice rink that featured a big, painted target, the goal being to place them as close to the center of the target as possible. 

 

The fun event was inspired from the tragic reality of hazardous driving conditions on Russian roads this time of the year. 

 

"In autumn and spring, when there is black ice, something like auto curling happens on the roads. Once my friends brought me to go curling, and this reminded me of that [black ice]. And an idea came to me to change stones for cars," tournament organizer Galina Kirkach told the AP. 

Compiled by Ioana Caloianu
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