December 12, 2011
Following the conclusion of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2011 in Moscow, Russia this weekend, the World Curling Federation has released its latest world rankings.
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 continues to narrow.
The updated rankings can be seen and downloaded here: www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women
The latest rankings reflect WCF Member Association team finishes at the recent Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2011 in Nanjing, China and the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2011 in Moscow.
In the men’s rankings, there is no change to the top 6 nations in the rankings but France moves up a spot to Rank 7 following their 8th place finish at the Europeans and their qualification for the Men’s World Championship 2012. The Czech Republic continues a steady climb up the table, moving up to 11th position after Jiri Snitil led the Czech team to a fourth place finish in Moscow. Russia moves up 3 spots after Alexey Tselousov’s team won Gold in the European B Group in Moscow. Hungary and Latvia have also moved up based on their performances at the Europeans.
Finland moves down 3 places after their team skipped by Turin Olympic silver medallist Markku Uusipaavalniemi finished 7th in the B Group. Japan too, descends 4 spots after the Japanese men finished in last place at the Pacific Championships in China.
In the women’s rankings, there is no change to the top 11 ranked nations. Korea moves up to 12th place after Ji-Sun Kim and her team took silver at the Pacifics-Asia Championships and secured the second Pacific-Asia zone spot at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2012.
Latvia, Hungary and Slovakia move up the table due to their team performances at the Europeans, with Hungary’s Ildiko Szekeres skipping her team to win gold in the B Group and Slovakia winning the B Group bronze.
The Netherlands takes a knock in the women’s ranking, going down 5 places as no women’s team competed in Moscow.
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-Asia, European and World Championships and also the Olympic Winter Games.
Points are only assigned once per season to member associations qualifying out of their regional championships for the world championships. Lower point values are assigned on a percentage-scaled basis for placement at events dating back as far as six curling seasons
The next WCF World Rankings will be released following this season’s World Curling Championships.
The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2012 will take place in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. (17-25 March 2012). The teams that have qualified for this event are: Canada (as host) USA, China, Korea, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
The World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 will be staged in Basel, Switzerland. (31 March-8 April 2012). The teams that have already qualified for this event are: Switzerland (as host) Canada, China, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Scotland, Germany and France. USA faces a challenge from Brazil for the remaining Americas Zone place at the event.