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World Curling Championships

World Curling Championships
World Women's Curling Championship trophy
Sport Curling
Founded 1959 (men)
1979 (women)
No. of teams 12
Most recent champion(s)  Norway (men)
  Switzerland (women)
Most titles
 Canada (men; 34 titles)
 Canada (women; 15 titles)

The World Curling Championships are the annual World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams. There are men's, women's and mixed doubles championships, as well as junior and senior championships for each gender. There is also a world championship for wheelchair curling. The men's championship started in 1959, while the women's started in 1979. The mixed doubles championship was started in 2008. Since 2005, the men's and women's championships have been held in different venues, with Canada hosting one of the two championships every year: the men's championship in odd years, and the women's championship in even years. Canada has dominated both the men's and women's championships since their inception, although Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany (West Germany), Scotland, the United States and Norway have all won at least one championship.

History

The World Curling Championships began in 1959 as the Scotch Cup. The first three Cups were contested between men's teams from Scotland and Canada. The United States joined the Scotch Cup in 1961, and Sweden also joined the next year. Canada won the first six world titles, of which the legendary rink skipped by Ernie Richardson earned four. The United States was the first country to break Canada's streak, winning their first world title in 1965. By 1967, Norway, Switzerland, France, and Germany were added to the Scotch Cup, and Scotland won their first title, while Canada finished without a medal for the first time. The tournament was renamed the Air Canada Silver Broom the year after that, and Canada strung together five consecutive world titles starting in that year.

In 1973, the competing field was expanded to ten teams, and Italy and Denmark were introduced to the world stage. Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway won their first titles in the following years, and Canada continued to win medals of all colours. In 1979, the first edition of the women's World Curling Championships was held. The championships were held separately from the men's championships for the first ten years. During this time, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany won world titles.

Beginning in 1989, the men's and women's championships were held together. Norway won their first world women's title. In 1995, Ford Canada and the World Curling Federation reached an agreement to make Ford the sponsor of the World Curling Championships.[1] Japan, the first nation from Asia to compete in the worlds, made their debut in 1990 at the women's championship, and later in 2000 at the men's championship. South Korea and China followed suit in the 2000s. Scotland won their first women's title in 2002, and the United States won their first women's title the next year.

In 2005, the men's and women's championships were separated, and an agreement was made between the World Curling Federation and the Canadian Curling Association that one of the two world championships would be sponsored by Ford Canada and would be held in Canada each year. Canada began a streak of top two finishes in the men's tournament, and China won their first world title in the women's tournament in 2009.

In 2008, a world championship for mixed doubles curling was created. Switzerland won the first world mixed doubles title, and proceeded to win four of the first five titles. Russia and Hungary won their first world curling titles in the mixed doubles championship, and New Zealand, France, Austria, and the Czech Republic won their first world curling medals.

Bronze medals were not awarded until 1985 for the women's tournament and 1986 for the men's tournament. Between 1989 and 1994, the bronze medal was shared by the semifinals losers.

Tournament names

The World Curling Championships have been known by a number of different names over the years.

Men

  • 1959–1967: Scotch Cup
  • 1968–1985: Air Canada Silver Broom
  • 1986–1988: IOC President's Cup (Hexagon)
  • 1989–1990: WCF Championships
  • 1991–1992: Safeway World Curling Championship
  • 1993–1994: WCF Championships
  • 1995–2004: Ford World Curling Championship
  • 2005–present: Ford World Men's Curling Championship (odd years)
  • 2006–present: World Men's Curling Championship (even years)

Women

  • 1979–1981: Royal Bank of Scotland World Curling Championships
  • 1982: World Curling Championships
  • 1983: Pioneer Life World Curling Championships
  • 1984: World Curling Championships
  • 1985: H&M World Curling Championships
  • 1986–1990: World Curling Championships
  • 1991–1992: Safeway World Curling Championships
  • 1993–1994: World Curling Championships
  • 1995–2004: Ford World Curling Championships
  • 2005–present: World Women's Curling Championship (odd years)
  • 2006–present: Ford World Women's Curling Championship (even years)

Competition format

The first two world championships, held as competitions between Scotland and Canada, were held as five-game series between the two nations. Upon the addition of the United States in 1961, the format was changed to a double round robin preliminary round with a three-team knockout round at the conclusion of the round robin. The knockout round was removed for the next two championships. With the addition of more teams, a single round robin preliminary round with a four-team knockout round was implemented in 1971. The championships occurring from 1968 to 1970 included three-team knockout rounds instead of four-team knockout rounds. The knockout round format was adjusted from single-elimination to the Page playoff system in 2005.

In the championships held from 1971 to 1985, third place was awarded to either the team that lost in the semifinal of a three-team knockout round or the higher-seeded team among the losing teams of a four-team knockout round. A bronze medal game was added to the knockout round in 1986, but bronze medal games were not held from 1989 to 1994, during which bronze medals were awarded to the teams that lost in the semifinals.

The current format of the world championships uses a twelve team round-robin preliminary round, after which the top four teams advance to a knockout round held using the Page playoff system.

Championships

Men

Scotsman David Murdoch is a two-time world champion.
Year Host Champion Finalist
1959 Falkirk, Perth, and Edinburgh, Scotland
 Canada
 Scotland
1960 Ayr, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Scotland
 Canada (2)
 Scotland
1961 Ayr, Kirkcaldy, Perth, and Edinburgh, Scotland
 Canada (3)
 Scotland
1962 Falkirk and Edinburgh, Scotland
 Canada (4)
 United States
1963 Perth, Scotland
 Canada (5)
 Scotland
1964
Canada
Calgary, Canada
 Canada (6)
 Scotland
1965 Perth, Scotland  United States
 Canada
1966
Canada
Vancouver, Canada
 Canada (7)
 Scotland
1967 Perth, Scotland  Scotland  Sweden
1968
Canada
Pointe-Claire, Canada
 Canada (8)
 Scotland
1969 Perth, Scotland
 Canada (9)
 United States
1970 Utica, United States
 Canada (10)
 Scotland
1971 Megève, France
 Canada (11)
 Scotland
1972 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
 Canada (12)
 United States
1973
Canada
Regina, Canada
 Sweden
 Canada
1974 Berne, Switzerland  United States (2)  Sweden
1975 Perth, Scotland   Switzerland  United States
1976 Duluth, United States  United States (3)  Scotland
1977 Karlstad, Sweden  Sweden (2)
 Canada
1978
Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
 United States (4)  Norway
1979 Berne, Switzerland  Norway   Switzerland
1980
Canada
Moncton, Canada
 Canada (13)
 Norway
1981
Canada
London, Canada
  Switzerland (2)  United States
1982 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
 Canada (14)
  Switzerland
1983
Canada
Regina, Canada
 Canada (15)
 Germany
1984 Duluth, United States  Norway (2)   Switzerland
1985 Glasgow, Scotland
 Canada (16)
 Sweden
1986
Canada
Toronto, Canada
 Canada (17)
 Scotland
1987
Canada
Vancouver, Canada
 Canada (18)
 Germany
1988 Lausanne, Switzerland  Norway (3)
 Canada
1989 Milwaukee, United States
 Canada (19)
  Switzerland
1990 Västerås, Sweden
 Canada (20)
 Scotland
1991
Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
 Scotland (2)
 Canada
1992 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany   Switzerland (3)  Scotland
1993 Geneva, Switzerland
 Canada (21)
 Scotland
1994 Oberstdorf, Germany
 Canada (22)
 Sweden
1995
Canada
Brandon, Canada
 Canada (23)
 Scotland
1996
Canada
Hamilton, Canada
 Canada (24)
 Scotland
1997 Berne, Switzerland  Sweden (3)  Germany
1998
Canada
Kamloops, Canada
 Canada (25)
 Sweden
1999
Canada
Saint John, Canada
 Scotland (3)
 Canada
2000 Glasgow, Scotland
 Canada (26)
 Sweden
2001 Lausanne, Switzerland  Sweden (4)   Switzerland
2002 Bismarck, United States
 Canada (27)
 Norway
2003
Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
 Canada (28)
  Switzerland
2004 Gävle, Sweden  Sweden (5)  Germany
2005
Canada
Victoria, Canada
 Canada (29)
 Scotland
2006 Lowell, United States  Scotland (4)
 Canada
2007
Canada
Edmonton, Canada
 Canada (30)
 Germany
2008 Grand Forks, United States
 Canada (31)
 Scotland
2009
Canada
Moncton, Canada
 Scotland (5)
 Canada
2010 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
 Canada (32)
 Norway
2011
Canada
Regina, Canada
 Canada (33)
 Scotland
2012 Basel, Switzerland
 Canada (34)
 Scotland
2013
Canada
Victoria, Canada[2][3]
 Sweden (6)
 Canada
2014 Beijing, China  Norway (4)  Sweden
2015
Canada
Halifax, Canada
2016 Basel, Switzerland

Women

Year Host Champion Finalist
1979 Perth, Scotland   Switzerland  Sweden
1980 Perth, Scotland
 Canada
 Sweden
1981 Perth, Scotland  Sweden
 Canada
1982 Geneva, Switzerland  Denmark  Sweden
1983
Canada
Moose Jaw, Canada
  Switzerland (2)  Norway
1984 Perth, Scotland
 Canada (2)
  Switzerland
1985 Jönköping, Sweden
 Canada (3)
 Scotland
1986
Canada
Kelowna, Canada
 Canada (4)
 Germany
1987 Chicago, United States
 Canada (5)
 Germany
1988 Glasgow, Scotland  Germany
 Canada
1989 Milwaukee, United States
 Canada (6)
 Norway
1990 Västerås, Sweden  Norway  Scotland
1991
Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
 Norway (2)
 Canada
1992 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany  Sweden (2)  United States
1993 Geneva, Switzerland
 Canada (7)
 Germany
1994 Oberstdorf, Germany
 Canada (8)
 Scotland
1995
Canada
Brandon, Canada
 Sweden (3)
 Canada
1996
Canada
Hamilton, Canada
 Canada (9)
 United States
1997 Berne, Switzerland
 Canada (10)
 Norway
1998
Canada
Kamloops, Canada
 Sweden (4)  Denmark
1999
Canada
Saint John, Canada
 Sweden (5)  United States
2000 Glasgow, Scotland
 Canada (11)
  Switzerland
2001 Lausanne, Switzerland
 Canada (12)
 Sweden
2002 Bismarck, United States  Scotland  Sweden
2003
Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
 United States
 Canada
2004 Gävle, Sweden
 Canada (13)
 Norway
2005 Paisley, Scotland  Sweden (6)  United States
2006
Canada
Grande Prairie, Canada
 Sweden (7)  United States
2007 Aomori, Japan
 Canada (14)
 Denmark
2008
Canada
Vernon, Canada
 Canada (15)
 China
2009 Gangneung, South Korea  China  Sweden
2010
Canada
Swift Current, Canada
 Germany (2)  Scotland
2011 Esbjerg, Denmark  Sweden (8)
 Canada
2012
Canada
Lethbridge, Canada[4]
  Switzerland (3)  Sweden
2013 Riga, Latvia[5]  Scotland (2)  Sweden
2014
Canada
Saint John, Canada
  Switzerland (4)
 Canada
2015 Sapporo, Japan[6]
2016
Canada
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada[7]
2019 Esbjerg, Denmark[8]

Mixed Doubles

Year Host Champion Finalist
2008 Vierumäki, Finland   Switzerland  Finland
2009 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy   Switzerland (2)  Hungary
2010 Chelyabinsk, Russia  Russia  New Zealand
2011 St. Paul, United States   Switzerland (3)  Russia
2012 Erzurum, Turkey[9]   Switzerland (4)  Sweden
2013
Canada
Fredericton, Canada[10]
 Hungary  Sweden
2014 Dumfries, Scotland   Switzerland (5)  Sweden
2015 Sochi, Russia[11]

Wheelchair

Year Host Champion Finalist
2002 Sursee, Switzerland   Switzerland
 Canada
2004 Sursee, Switzerland  Scotland   Switzerland
2005 Braehead, Scotland  Scotland (2)  Denmark
2007 Sollefteå, Sweden  Norway   Switzerland
2008 Sursee, Switzerland  Norway (2)  South Korea
2009
Canada
Vancouver, Canada
 Canada
 Sweden
2011 Prague, Czech Republic
 Canada (2)
 Scotland
2012 Chuncheon City, South Korea  Russia  South Korea
2013 Sochi, Russia
 Canada (3)
 Sweden
2015 Lohja, Finland

National championships

Men

Women

See also

References

  1. ^ .  
  2. ^ "Victoria, Canada awarded 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship". 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "WCF and CCA deal on future of World Championships in Canada". 8 August 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lethbridge Awarded 2012 WWCC". 6 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Riga Latvia to host World Women’s Curling Championship 2013". Worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  6. ^ "WCF Annual General Assembly 2013".  
  7. ^ "Swift Current to host 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship".  
  8. ^ "Esbjerg to host European Curling Championships 2015 and World Women’s Curling Championship 2019".  
  9. ^ "Erzurum Turkey to host World Mixed Doubles Championship 2012". Worldcurling.org. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Fredericton to Stage 2013 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships".  
  11. ^ "WCF Annual General Assembly 2014 - 7 September".  
  12. ^ "Finnish Championships - Past seasons". Curling.fi. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

External links

  • "Championships Search".  


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