World’s First Car-Curling Competition Held in Russia’s Yekaterinburg

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The city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural region played host to the world’s first ever car-curling competition, a hybrid sport based on the eponymous winter activity that uses Russian-made Oka automobiles instead of stones.

Participants took out the engines and gas tanks, and drained all liquids in order to make the cars as light as possible.

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Four teams took part, each comprised of either businessmen, journalists, insurance company clients or professional curlers. The insurance company clients were the victors.

"Since car-curling was held not only in Yekaterinburg and Russia for the first time but in general, it’s quite possible to say that a new sport is being born before our eyes," said Galina Kirkach, the event’s organiser.