February 11, 2010
Canada continues to top both the men’s and women’s World Curling Federation world rankings as teams gather in Vancouver for the Olympic Winter Games.
The latest world rankings of Member Associations have been released following the completion of this season’s regional championships (European and Pacific Curling Championships) and challenges* which act as qualifiers for the World Championships.
Full rankings can be seen on the WCF World Rankings Men and Women page.
At this point of the season, just ahead of the Olympic Winter Games, Sweden remains in second position in the women’s rankings, with Switzerland in third. China moves up one spot to fourth and Denmark slips down to fifth. 6: USA, 7: Scotland/GBR, 8: Russia, 9: Japan, 10: Norway**, 11: Germany.
In the men’s rankings, Scotland is in second place. Norway is third and the USA fourth. Switzerland moves up to fifth place and Germany goes down to sixth. 7: Finland**, 8: Sweden, 9: France, 10: Denmark, 11: China.
The curling competition at the Olympic Winter Games begins on Tuesday 16 February at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. Ten men’s and ten women’s team have qualified to take part.
Among the field in the women’s competition is Sweden’s Anette Norberg and her team, Olympic gold medallists from Turin in 2006. Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott returns after taking silver in Turin, her teammates are making their first Olympic appearance. Another women’s team to watch is China. It is the first time that China has qualified for the Olympic curling competition (in both the men’s and women’s competitions). Bingyu Wang and her team are reigning Women’s World Champions.
In the men’s competition, Canada’s Kevin Martin returns to the Olympics after taking silver in Salt Lake in 2002. Great Britain’s team, skipped by David Murdoch, are current holders (playing as Scotland) of the Men’s World Championship title. The Norwegians, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud and with Salt Lake Olympic champion Pål Trulsen on the coaching bench, have won World and European Championship bronze medals in the last year. USA skip, John Shuster, was a member of the team that won bronze in Turin. Swiss skip, Markus Eggler, won bronze in Salt Lake.
The next release of WCF rankings will be following the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
*In the America’s challenge in Grafton, North Dakota, (5-7 February 2010) the USA beat Brazil to win the final spot at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship which takes place in Cortina d’Ampezzo in April.
** not qualified for Vancouver 2010