Curling, marked by a strong code of sportsmanship, developed in Scotland during the 16th century. The Scots originally used brooms to clear snow from the stones' path, and the sport took place on frozen marshes, ponds and lochs. The game's rules resembled modern day competitions.
1565: Holland's Peter Breugel paints “Hunters in the Snow” and another work depicting scenes that resemble modern curling.
1759: The game arrives in North America with participants in Canada.
1832: Scottish immigrants bring curling to the United States. The Orchard Lake Curling Club appears in Michigan.
20th Century: Curling develops in the remainder of Europe.
1958: The United States Curling Association is founded.
1992: American curler Raymond “Bud” Somerville skips the team to a bronze medal at the Albertville Olympic Games, where curling appears as a demonstration sport.
1998: Curling joins the Olympics as a medal sport at the Nagano Games. Switzerland captures the men's gold and Canada wins the women's event.