I discovered two articles (via Jeffrey Hermann of Bethlehem Road) by Kostuk and Willoughby about curling using operations research. The first paper addresses the “age old debate in curling about whether it is better to be down one point with last shot, or ahead by one point without.” The answer: it depends. An earlier paper by the authors (using data from the Canadian men’s championship games) concludes the opposite, namely, that “it is better for a team to be ahead by one point without the last shot.”
Are you hooked on curling?
Has OR been used to analyze other Olympic sports?