Sweden and Canada remain on top of WCF World Rankings

Sweden continues to top the World Curling Federation’s women’s rankings and Canada the men’s following the conclusion of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2010 in Champéry, Switzerland this weekend.

Sweden’s Stina Viktorsson and her team win Gold at Europeans. Photo: Ana Arce

While there is little change to the position of the top curling nations in the world rankings at this stage of the season, the points gap between them is narrowing.

The updated rankings can be seen here: http://www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women

Taking into account WCF Member Association finishes at the recent Pacific Curling Championships in Uiseong, Korea and the Europeans, there are several changes to note particularly in the middle and lower end of the rankings:

The Czech Republic’s seventh place finish in the men’s A Group event in Champéry and qualification for the 2011 Men’s World Championship means they move up two positions from 15th to 13th place. In winning the silver medal in the men’s event at the Pacifics and a place at the worlds, Korea moves up four spots from 20th to 16th place.

In the women’s rankings, Latvia moves up one rank to 17th place after they played in the European A Group for the first time ever. The Latvian men, who won the B Group European event, climb up three places from 24th to 21st.

Turkey, who became a WCF Member Association in 2009, has shot up five places to 31st in the women’s rankings after qualifying out of the European C Group and playing in the European B Group in the space of this season.

Slovakia has jumped up from 30th to 27th place in the men’s rankings for the same reason.

The WCF World Rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic Champion Patrick Hürlimann who is currently Vice President of the World Curling Federation.

Points are assigned for top-level placements at the Pacific, European and World Championships and also the Olympic Winter Games. Lower point values are assigned for events dating back as far as six curling seasons.

The next WCF World Rankings will be released following this season’s World Championships.

The Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship takes place in Esbjerg, Denmark from the 18th to 27th March 2011. Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA have qualified for this event. http://www.wwcc2011.com

The Ford World Men’s Curling Championship will be staged in Regina, Canada, from April 2nd to April 10th 2011. Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Korea, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA have qualified for this event. http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/