What is a vice in curling?
The vice in curling is the teammate that throws the fifth and sixth stones in an end and acts as the skip when the skip throws their stones. This is also known as a third and vice-skip. The vice throws the third two stones on a curling team. This means that the vice throws stones five and six. Before the vice throws their stones, they sweep the stones thrown by the lead and second. After the vice throws their stones, they act as the skip while the skip is throwing their stones. The other duty of the vice is to work with the opponent's vice to determine the score at the completion of each end. Since the vices determine the score, they are also the ones that will use the measuring devices, if necessary. Typically, the vices can tell which stone is closer just by looking at them.