Alongside with some snowboard disciplines, for the first time the capital of Ugra will host the curling tournament that will take place in the Ice Palace during the Winter Deaflympics. The ice arena for this discipline will be prepared by experts that were invited to Khanty-Mansiysk from Sochi. These professionals have an experience of making ice for curling tournament of the Olympics in Sochi.
The works will start on March’18. The process will take one week. Before making ice rings will be painted, hog lines and back lines drawn on the playing surface. Then the borders between curling sheets will be maintained.
«The quality of ice is extremely important in curling, that’s why we pay great attention to this. There’s a special technique of making ice for curling, the ice and air temperatures as well as air humidity levels must be constantly monitored and adjusted to ensure a consistent playing surface», – say the experts of the organizing committee of the Games.
It is to be noted that 9 men’s an 8 women’s team will participate in the curling tournament of the Deaflympics. The games that will take place in the Ice Palace of Khanty-Mansiysk will start on March’29 and will last till April’05. On the last day of the tournament the finals will be played. Both men’s and women’s teams of Russia are among the favorites of this discipline of the Deaflympics.
It is to be reminded that the Winter Deaflympics will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk from March’28 till April’05. 31 medal events will be held in 5 disciplines – ice-hockey, snowboard, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and curling. 344 athletes from 27 countries will participate in the Games. The entrance to the competitions will be free of charge.