These skates were worn by Phil Verchota (number 27), a member of the underdog 1980 U.S.
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 2/18/2010
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!"
Use this Investigation Sheet to guide students through describing the object and analyzing its meaning.