Curling, as one of the oldest team sports in the world, first originated in Scotland during the 16th century. The first official curling club, named the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, was also formed in Scotland in 1838. In the 20th century, the sport's rules were standardized.
Curling was first introduced as an Olympic sport in 1924 at Chamonix, which was the location of the first Winter Olympic Games; however, the game was not officially part of the Olympic program as both a men's and women's sport until 1998 in Nagano. Prior to this, curling was shown mainly as an exhibition or demonstration sport.