Curling secrets unlocked

JOHN MINER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET

The University of Western Ontario revealed Thursday it has been conducting top-secret research for the past two years into what happens when curlers sweep, part of an effort to put Canadians on the Olympic podium.

The UW0 discoveries, some of them startling, will make a difference at the games -- particularly for the women's team, said UWO engineering professor Tom Jenkyn, who lead the research team.

Under signed secrecy agreements with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Jenkyn said he is forbidden to speak about key discoveries until the Winter Games are over.

But he is certain the Scottish have their own scientists studying the curling broom and how it is used.

While the critical discoveries remain a state secret, Jenkyn did reveal a few tidbits at a Thursday morning press conference.

For one, curlers have long believed they were melting the ice in front of the rock when they were sweeping. Doesn't happen, said Jenkyn.


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