A look back at 2018 - curling's Olympic and Paralympic year

With a jam-packed Olympic and Paralympic year winding down, let’s bring back the five top moments of 2018 and relive some of this year’s highlights. Boiling it down to five, let’s just say, it wasn’t easy, but here goes...

5. Curling World Cup begins

With 2018 marking the launch of the Curling World Cup, Canada swept the very first Curling World Cup event in women’s, men’s and mixed doubles in Suzhou, China.

Find out more about the Curling World Cup here, www.curlingworldcup.com

Photos: © WCF / Céline Stucki

4. First Paralympic medal for China

At the Paralympic Winter Games, China beat reigning world wheelchair curling champions, Norway, in an extra-end to win China’s first Paralympic gold medal and their first of the PyeongChang Games.

Read reports and view gallieries from the Paralympic Winter Games here, www.worldcurling.org/pwg2018

Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

3. Mixed Doubles’ Olympic debut

Mixed doubles made its debut to the world at the Olympic Winter Games where Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris became two-time Olympic gold medallists with a victory over reigning world champions, Switzerland.

Read all about the Olympics and view galleries here, www.worldcurling.org/owg2018

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

2. Historic all-Asian Olympic semi-final

The first ever, all Asian semi-final was set up at the Olympics in South Korea - featuring home crowd favourites the ‘Garlic Girls’ – Korea’s EunJung Kim – against Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa. In an extra-end, Kim needed to draw to the four-foot to seal her country an Olympic medal. With the crowd roaring on their feet, encouraging not two, but three sweepers, they dragged the winning stone far enough to make the Olympic final.

Watch histroy being made here at 03:05.48 >> www.worldcurling.org/pyeongchang2018-w-sf-korvjpn

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

1. Double for five

Three words - ’double for five’. In the eighth end of the men’s Olympic final against Sweden, United States’ John Shuster delivered the shot that would change his teams’ life forever. Make the double, score five late in a close game, against the reigning world champions – no big deal, right? Boom – historic for curling, historic for America and historic for the Shuster squad.

You can relive that moment here at 02:18.58 >> www.worldcurling.org/pyeongchang2018-m-g-swevusa

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray
And, with that, we wish you all the very best for 2019 and we look forward to another exciting year of curling ahead.

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