Curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics

The curling competition of the 2010 Olympics was held at Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre in Vancouver. It is the fifth time that curling was on the Olympic program, after having been staged in 1924, 1998, 2002 and 2006. For the 2010 Winter Olympics the competition followed the same format that was used during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with 10 teams playing a round robin tournament, from which the top four teams advance to the semi-finals.

at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
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VenueVancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre
Dates16–27 February 2010
Competitors100 from 12 nations
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Men's curling
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Switzerland
Women's curling
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Sweden
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Canada
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  China

The women's competition concluded on Friday, February 26, 2010. In the bronze medal match, the Chinese team made history by becoming the first team from Asia to win an Olympic curling medal. The gold medal match was one of the closest medal games in Olympic competition. Team Canada won the silver medal, their best performance since the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games when Sandra Schmirler skipped the Canadians to gold. Team Sweden won the gold medal. Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, and Anna Le Moine (née Anna Bergström [Anna Svärd in Torino]) became the first curlers to win two gold medals at the Olympic Games.

The men's competition concluded on Saturday, February 27, 2010. In the bronze medal match, Markus Eggler of Switzerland became the first male curler to win two Olympic medals. The gold medal final was a rematch between Canada and Norway of the 2002 Olympics men's final (although only one athlete from each team participated in both finals). The only disturbance was when an unsportsmanlike spectator deliberately blew a horn while the Norwegians were delivering their stones. The crowd promptly booed the man and the horn was not blown again until the medal ceremony. The Canadians controlled the game throughout and never relinquished the lead. Torger Nergård and Kevin Martin became the second and third men to win two Olympic medals.

With the conclusion of the Vancouver Olympic curling tournament, eight athletes now have two Olympic curling medals. They are in the order in which they received their medals: Mirjam Ott (SUI), Markus Eggler (SUI), Kevin Martin (CAN), Torger Nergård (NOR), Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, and Anna Le Moine, all of Sweden.

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

1  Canada (CAN)1102
2  Sweden (SWE)1001
3  Norway (NOR)0101
4  China (CHN)0011
  Switzerland (SUI)0011
Totals (5 entries)2226


Event Gold Silver Bronze
  Canada (CAN)
Kevin Martin
John Morris
Marc Kennedy
Ben Hebert
Adam Enright
  Norway (NOR)
Thomas Ulsrud
Torger Nergård
Christoffer Svae
Håvard Vad Petersson
Thomas Løvold
  Switzerland (SUI)
Ralph Stöckli
Jan Hauser
Markus Eggler
Simon Strübin
Toni Müller
  Sweden (SWE)
Anette Norberg
Eva Lund
Cathrine Lindahl
Anna Le Moine
Kajsa Bergström
  Canada (CAN)
Cheryl Bernard
Susan O'Connor
Carolyn Darbyshire
Cori Bartel
Kristie Moore
  China (CHN)
Wang Bingyu
Liu Yin
Yue Qingshuang
Zhou Yan
Liu Jinli

Qualified teamsEdit


  Canada   China   Denmark   France   Germany
Saville SC, Edmonton

Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert
Alternate: Adam Enright

Harbin CC, Harbin

Fourth: Liu Rui
Skip: Wang Fengchun*
Second: Xu Xiaoming
Lead: Zang Jialiang
Alternate: Li Hongchen

Hvidovre CC, Hvidovre

Fourth: Johnny Frederiksen
Skip: Ulrik Schmidt*
Second: Bo Jensen
Lead: Lars Vilandt
Alternate: Mikkel Poulsen

Chamonix CC, Chamonix

Skip: Thomas Dufour
Third: Tony Angiboust
Second: Jan Ducroz
Lead: Richard Ducroz
Alternate: Raphael Mathieu

CC Füssen, Füssen

Skip: Andy Kapp
Third: Andreas Lang
Second: Holger Höhne
Lead: Andreas Kempf
Alternate: Daniel Herberg

  Great Britain[1]   Norway   Sweden   Switzerland   United States
Lockerbie CC, Lockerbie

Skip: David Murdoch
Third: Ewan MacDonald
Second: Peter Smith
Lead: Euan Byers
Alternate: Graeme Connal

Snarøen CK, Bærum

Skip: Thomas Ulsrud
Third: Torger Nergård
Second: Christoffer Svae
Lead: Håvard Vad Petersson
Alternate: Thomas Løvold

Karlstads CK, Karlstad

Skip: Niklas Edin
Third: Sebastian Kraupp
Second: Fredrik Lindberg
Lead: Viktor Kjäll
Alternate: Oskar Eriksson

CC St. Galler Bär, St. Gallen

Fourth: Ralph Stöckli
Third: Jan Hauser
Skip: Markus Eggler**
Lead: Simon Strübin
Alternate: Toni Müller

Duluth CC, Duluth

Skip: John Shuster
Third: Jason Smith
Second: Jeff Isaacson
Lead: John Benton
Alternate: Chris Plys

*Throws third rocks
**Throws second rocks


  Canada   China   Denmark   Germany   Great Britain
Calgary WC, Calgary

Skip: Cheryl Bernard
Third: Susan O'Connor
Second: Carolyn Darbyshire
Lead: Cori Bartel
Alternate: Kristie Moore

Harbin CC, Harbin

Skip: Wang Bingyu
Third: Liu Yin
Second: Yue Qingshuang
Lead: Zhou Yan
Alternate: Liu Jinli

Tårnby CC, Tårnby

Fourth: Madeleine Dupont
Third: Denise Dupont
Skip: Angelina Jensen*
Lead: Camilla Jensen
Alternate: Ane Hansen

SC Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Skip: Andrea Schöpp
Third: Monika Wagner
Second: Melanie Robillard
Lead: Stella Heiß
Alternate: Corinna Scholz

British Olympic Committee

Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Jackie Lockhart
Second: Kelly Wood
Lead: Lorna Vevers
Alternate: Anne Laird

  Japan   Russia   Sweden   Switzerland   United States
Aomori CC, Aomori

Skip: Moe Meguro
Third: Anna Ohmiya
Second: Mari Motohashi
Lead: Kotomi Ishizaki
Alternate: Mayo Yamaura

Moskvitch CC, Moscow

Skip: Ludmila Privivkova
Third: Anna Sidorova**
Second: Nkeiruka Ezekh
Lead: Ekaterina Galkina
Alternate: Margarita Fomina

Härnösands CK, Härnösand

Skip: Anette Norberg
Third: Eva Lund
Second: Cathrine Lindahl
Lead: Anna Le Moine
Alternate: Kajsa Bergström

Davos CC, Davos

Skip: Mirjam Ott
Third: Carmen Schäfer
Second: Carmen Küng
Lead: Janine Greiner
Alternate: Irene Schori

Madison CC, Madison

Skip: Debbie McCormick***
Third: Allison Pottinger***
Second: Nicole Joraanstad
Lead: Natalie Nicholson
Alternate: Tracy Sachtjen

*Throws second rocks[2]

**The World Curling Federation had Olga Jarkova listed as the Third. However, a press release by the Vancouver Organizing Committee has Anna Sidorova listed as Third.[3]

***On Feb 21, 2010, Debbie McCormick switched to throwing third, with Allison Pottinger throwing fourth.


Performances at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Curling Championships decided which countries were able to send curling teams to the 2010 Olympics. Points were distributed in the following manner, with the top 9 teams (excluding - Canada) qualifying for the Olympics.

Position at WC Number of points
1 14
2 12
3 10
4 9
5 8
6 7
7 6
8 5
9 4
10 3
11 2
12 1

In case of a tie during the 2007 World championships, the points were split (for example, if two teams tied for tenth place, they would receive 2.5 points). For the 2008 and 2009 championships, such ties were broken according to head-to-head matchups, and if necessary, by the draw shot challenge. Canada, as the host nation, qualified automatically. Scotland's points counted as Great Britain (Scotland does not compete at the Olympic level separately).

Men's standingsEdit

Country 2007 2008 2009 Total
  Canada (CAN) 14 14 12 40
  Great Britain (GBR)* 3.5 12 14 29.5
  Germany (GER) 12 5 7 24
  United States (USA) 10 6 8 24
  Norway (NOR) 3.5 10 10 23.5
  Switzerland (SUI) 9 2 9 20
  France (FRA) 6.5 8 5 19.5
  Denmark (DEN) 3.5 4 6 13.5
  China (CHN) 9 4 13
  Sweden (SWE) 8 3 11
  Australia (AUS) 3.5 7 10.5
  Finland (FIN) 6.5 1 7.5
  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 2 3
  Japan (JPN) 3 3
  South Korea (KOR) 1 1

*Scotland, England and Wales all compete separately in international curling. By an agreement between the curling federations of those three home nations, only Scotland can score Olympic qualification points for Great Britain.

Women's standingsEdit

Country 2007 2008 2009 Total
  Canada (CAN) 14 14 9 37
  China (CHN) 6 12 14 32
  Denmark (DEN) 12 8 10 30
  Sweden (SWE) 7.5 7 12 26.5
  Switzerland (SUI) 7.5 10 8 25.5
  United States (USA) 9 6 4 19
  Great Britain (GBR)* 10 3 5 18
  Russia (RUS) 4 5 6 15
  Germany (GER) 4 4 7 15
  Japan (JPN) 4 9 13
  Italy (ITA) 1.5 2 1 4.5
  South Korea (KOR) 3 3
  Czech Republic (CZE) 1.5 1 2.5
  Norway (NOR) 2 2

*Scotland, England and Wales all compete separately in international curling. By an agreement between the curling federations of those three home nations, only Scotland can score Olympic qualification points for Great Britain.

Olympic curling trialsEdit

Men's tournamentEdit

Women's tournamentEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lukas, Jennifer (2009-12-17). "Murdoch, Muirhead named to GBR Olympic team". Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  2. ^ "World Curling Federation - Teams for Vancouver 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  3. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Video Medals News". Archived from the original on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2014-02-18.

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