Brazil challenge USA for World Championship places

  • Brazil have competed in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship but not the men's or women's © WCF / Richard Gray

Brazil will challenge the USA’s men’s and women’s teams in January 2017 for places at the 2017 World Curling Championships (WCCs).

The World Curling Federation (WCF) qualification system states, “the second ranked Americas Zone Association from the previous World Curling Championship — provided they are not hosting the next championship — will be subject to any ‘challenges’ that might come from other Associations in the Americas Zone.”

The Americas Challenge, as it’s known, will be hosted by the United States Curling Association between 27 and 29 January 2017 and will take the form of a best-of-five series.

The winning women’s team will then secure a place at the World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 to be held in Beijing, China between 18 and 26 March. The successful men’s rink will head to Rexall Place, in Edmonton, Canada for the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017. This event will take place between 1 and 9 April.

Brazil has previously challenged the USA in 2009, 2010 and 2015, but are yet to be successful.

Qualifying for the WCCs is an imperative step in the journey to Olympic qualification, because any team who has competed in the 2014 to 2017 WCCs ensures themselves, at least, a spot in the Olympic Qualification Event (OQE) – to be held in December 2017. The OQE decides the remaining two teams to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games, after the hosts receive one place and seven places go to the teams who have earned enough qualification points in the 2016 and 2017 WCCs.

The Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, Korea between 9 and 25 February 2018. Three medal events will be held for curling – men’s, women’s and mixed doubles (a new discipline for the Olympics).

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For more on the rules and criteria for the Americas Challenge visit,