Curling is a rapidly growing sport in the United States and around the world. The sport has gained a significant following during the past two Winter Olympic Games, leading television ratings for all Winter Olympic sports. In February 2006, the U.S. Curling Association web site received 100 million verifiable hits, with a record 12.5 million on February 16. Curling was the third-most searched topic on MSN.com during the Games.
In the 1500s, Curling was first documented in Scotland and Holland. Scots developed the game and formalized rules by 1807. Scottish immigrants brought Curling to Canada, New Zealand, and the United States in the 1800s. Curling came to the Detroit area in the 1830s. By the late 1800s, Curling began in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and New York. In 1924, Curling was a medal sport at the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix. In 1932, it was a demonstration sport at the Lake Placid games.
Curling has been a boys team sport at Pardeeville High School since 1954; the girls team started in 1976. In those years, our curling teams have won 7 conference championships and 3 state championships - most recently, the girls won in 2006. Curling is unique where it can be played for a lifetime - it's a sport that can be played competitively with three generations on the same team.