Curling Milestones

16th Century

First recorded evidence of Curling being played in Scotland and the Netherlands

1838

Grand Caledonian Curling Club established in Scotland. First Rules of Curling are drawn up

1843

Grand Caledonian Curling Club becomes the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC)

1924

Curling is played at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France

1959

Scotch Cup is launched between Scotland and Canada (first venues Falkirk, Perth and Edinburgh, Scotland)

1960s

United States, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, France and Germany start to compete in the Scotch Cup

1966

International Curling Federation (ICF) officially established

1968

Air Canada Silver Broom replaces the Scotch Cup (first venue Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada)

1975

First World Junior Men’s Curling Championship (East York, Ontario, Canada)

1979

First World Ladies Curling Championship (Perth, Scotland)

1982

ICF becomes an independent entity

1988

First World Junior Women’s Curling Championship (Chamonix, France)

1989

World Curling Championships and World Junior Curling Championships established for women and men (first WCCs venue Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States)

1990

The ICF becomes the World Curling Federation (WCF)

1998

Curling included in the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan

2002

First World Wheelchair Curling Championship (Sursee, Switzerland)
First World Senior Curling Championships (Bismarck, North Dakota, United States)
First Continental Cup (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

2003

Curling part of World University Winter Games and Asian Winter Games for the first time (Tarvisio, Italy and Aomori, Japan)

2005

World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships separated into two events again (first venues Paisley, Scotland and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
Curling included in European Youth Olympic Festival programme (Monthey, Switzerland)

2006

Wheelchair Curling included in the programme of the Paralympic Winter Games, Turin, Italy

2007

First World Curling Championship staged in Asia (Aomori, Japan)

2008

First World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (Vierumäki, Finland)

2010

The World Curling Federation becomes the first Olympic Winter Games Federation to elect a female President, Kate Caithness

2012

Curling part of the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria
First World Curling Congress and Annual General Assembly (Turnberry, Scotland)

2014

First World Men’s Curling Championship staged in Asia (Beijing, China)
‘Curling: Pure Emotion’, a sculpture by curler Bjorn Zyrd unveiled at Olympic Museum Park in Lausanne, Switzerland

2015

Mixed doubles added to curling’s Olympic disciplines
Wheelchair curling teams expanded – from 10 to 12 – for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
First World Mixed Curling Championship (Berne, Switzerland)

2016

WCF marks 50th anniversary in Basel, Switzerland with International Olympic Committee President, Dr Thomas Bach, in attendance
First ever set of comprehensive brush specifications implemented for elite level curling

2017

New World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships trophies introduced as part of the World Curling Federation’s 50th anniversary
First Portable Curling Facility (PCF) completed in Turku, Finland

2018

Introduction of the Curling World Cup (Suzho, China; Omaha, United States; Jonkoping, Sweden and Beijing, China)
Mixed doubles teams expanded – from eight to ten – for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022