The World Men’s Curling Championship is an annual tournament that has been taking place since 1959. The 2014 edition will be running throughout the week, with teams from 12 nations all hoping to claim the prestigious championship trophy.
This year’s event will be taking place in the Far East, as stars from around the globe converge on Beijing, China to test their mettle and attempt to bring gold and glory back to their home nation. It is the first time in history that the championships will be contested in an Asian nation, making this a special occasion for the sport.
Whether you are a casual fan that enjoyed watching the discipline at the Olympics or a hardcore curling fanatic, you won’t want to miss a single minute of this thrilling event.
Keep reading and come back often for a complete look at the schedule, updated scores and daily recaps of all the action during the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship.
When: March 29 through April 6
Where: Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China
Live Stream: World Curling TV
Live Scores: CurlIT Website
|2014 World Men's Curling Championship Schedule|
|Date||Time (local)||Draw||Sheet A||Sheet B||Sheet C||Sheet D|
|March 29||2 p.m.||1||SUI v RUS||USA v CZE||GER v CHN||SCO v SWE|
|7 p.m.||2||DEN v CAN||RUS v GER||SWE v USA||NOR v JPN|
|March 30||9 a.m.||3||CHN v SCO||SUI v CZE|
|2 p.m.||4||SWE v GER||JPN v CAN||DEN v NOR||USA v RUS|
|7 p.m.||5||CZE v NOR||DEN v SUI||JPN v SCO||CHN v CAN|
|March 31||9 a.m.||6||USA v JPN||NOR v SWE||CAN v RUS||DEN v GER|
|2 p.m.||7||RUS v SWE||CZE v CHN||USA v GER||SUI v SCO|
|7 p.m.||8||NOR v CHN||SUI v JPN||SCO v DEN||CAN v CZE|
|April 1||9 a.m.||9||GER v SUI||USA v SCO||CZE v SWE||RUS v CHN|
|2 p.m.||10||CAN v USA||SWE v DEN||RUS v JPN||GER v NOR|
|7 p.m.||11||CZE v SCO||CAN v NOR||CHN v SUI||JPN v DEN|
|April 2||9 a.m.||12||CHN v DEN||JPN v CZE||NOR v SCO||CAN v SUI|
|2 p.m.||13||SUI v SWE||SCO v RUS||GER v CZE||CHN v USA|
|7 p.m.||14||JPN v GER||DEN v USA||SWE v CAN||NOR v RUS|
|April 3||9 a.m.||15||USA v NOR||GER v CAN||DEN v RUS||SWE v JPN|
|2 p.m.||16||SCO v CAN||NOR v SUI||JPN v CHN||CZE v DEN|
|7 p.m.||17||RUS v CZE||CHN v SWE||SUI v USA||SCO v GER|
|April 4||9 a.m.||Tiebreaker|
|7 p.m.||Play-Offs 1v2*|
|April 5||1 p.m.||Play-Offs 3v4*|
|4 p.m.||Semi Final|
|April 6||10 a.m.||Bronze Medal Game|
|3 p.m.||Gold Medal Game|
|*May be switched. Source: http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/schedule|
Day 9 Recap
Norway took home the title after a dominant final in Bejing on Sunday.
"Dominant" may be too kind, as the Norwegians jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four ends. Here's a look at the final standings:
|Final 2014 World Men's Curling Championship Standings|
|1||Norway - Gold Medal||13||12||1|
|2||Sweden - Silver Medal||15||10||5|
|3||Switzerland - Bronze Medal||13||8||5|
|10||United States of America||11||3||8|
Captain Thomas Ulsrud and Co. were simply unstoppable through the first four ends, with the third being decisive as Norway was able to steal two points after a misfire by Sweden skip Oskar Eriksson.
Sweden rallied in the seventh end with two points, but Ulsrud quickly responded with two for Sweden to put the game out of reach. Ulsrud said afterward that experience was the reason for the outcome, per curlingevents.com:
"We've been training so hard for this for so many years, for so many Worlds. I've been close a couple of times but to be called world champion, that sounds amazing. We've been in a lot of championship finals and we've been here before, so experience made the difference I think."
As for the other matchup, the disappointment continued for Canada and Kevin Koe as they were forced to settle for fourth place after falling 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze-medal game.
Switzerland left the door open for a Canadian comeback by scoring one point each in the first two ends, followed by deuce in the sixth and ninth ends. Koe and Co. came into the 10th end down three but only scored one point.
Day 8 Recap
Day 8 of the 2014 World Curling Championships were immensely exciting, as a number of play-off games were held and the matchup for the title has been determined.
Here is a look at the latest standings going into the final day in Beijing:
Canada, one of the favorites coming into the tournament, faltered against Norway and Sweden and will now have to settle with contending for a bronze medal come Sunday.
The Norwegians are red hot and advanced to the gold medal round after a 3-2 victory against Canada in the Page 1vs.2 play-off. Skipper Thomas Ulsrud will face the Swedes after they sent Canada spiraling into the bronze game.
Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson continued his incredible run with a 10-8 victory over Canadian skipper Kevin Koe and his team. Koe expressed his disappointment to The Canadian Press after the game:
It was a bad day. We played pretty decent for the most part, I thought we were throwing them good. But big misses at the wrong time, and those will obviously kill you in the big games.
Make sure you tune in on Sunday to catch the thrilling conclusion of the 2014 World Curling Championships, with Sweden and Norway clashing for the gold and Canada looking to rebound with a bronze against Switzerland.
Day 7 Recap
Day 7 of the 2014 World Curling Championships was a relatively quiet one, with only two games being played on the day. Sweden first beat Japan to advance out of the tie-breaker and into to the play-offs and then navigated past Switzerland to land in the semifinals.
Here is a look at the latest standings:
Skipper Oskar Erikkson was the catalyst for these victories, as he was poised during a gritty 8-7 win against the Japanese and parlayed that momentum into a sound, 5-2 win against the Swiss.
Erikkson was understandably excited after the action, according to Sportsbeat (via Yahoo!): "It feels awesome to be in the semi-final," said Erikkson.
Hopefully we can win two more games. It would mean everything to us, to win a World Championship. It's almost the biggest thing you can win in the sport, it would be really awesome. But I’ve got big shoes to fill.
Switzerland will face off against the loser of Norway and Canada on Saturday.
Day 6 Recap
Wednesday was an important day at the 2014 World Curling Championships, as Canada clinched a playoff spot and a number of other seedings were determined.
Take a look at the latest leaderboard after Day 6 to see the final standings before the playoffs begin on Friday:
Skipper Kevin Koe’s Canadian squad will be advancing to the postseason after an 11-5 victory against Germany and a 7-5 win against Scotland. The North American powerhouse finished round robin play with an 8-3 record, the second-best mark of the event.
Koe explained his team’s thought process going into the final day before the playoffs began, as per The Canadian Press:
We woke up today just worried about making sure that we made the playoffs. We lose that game and we could be in a tiebreaker or something. The big thing was just to win and get in the playoffs and if we were in the 3-4 game, that was fine with us. We’ve done it before.
But to get in the 1-2 game with an extra life, that’s a bonus for sure.
With Japan losing 6-4 to China in the late draw, it assured that Canada would be going up against Thomas Ulsrud and Norway in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff match.
Despite having first-placed locked up, the Norwegians won both games on Thursday and finished round robin play with a tournament best 10-1 record.
The winner of Canada vs. Norway advances directly into the final, while the loser will take on the winner of the 3 vs. 4 Page Playoff game in the semifinals. There definitely appears to be an interesting and exciting finish to the World Curling Championships on the horizon.
Day 5 Recap
The second to last day of preliminary action at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship from Beijing, China lived up to the excitement set by the four previous days, but Team Norway continued their dominance.
The morning session saw China beat Denmark 6-4, Japan beat the Czech Republic 7-5, Norway beat Scotland 6-4 and Canada beat Switzerland 8-4. Each game was intense and the Session 12 started the day off on the right foot.
Session 13 featured more wide-open action. Switzerland beat Sweden 8-6, Scotland beat Russia 7-5, the Czech Republic beat Germany 8-4 and China beat Team USA 8-4. The disappointment continues for the United States.
The final group of matchups for Wednesday featured Japan holding off Germany for a thrilling 8-7 victory, Team USA avenging the loss to china by beating Denmark 6-5, Sweden beating Canada 6-2 and Norway dominating Russia 11-2.
With one more day before the playoffs begin, the hunt for better position in the standings will make Day 6 must-watch action.
Day 4 Recap
Tuesday's action was highlighted by a battle between the two teams atop the standings, Norway and Canada, with the Norwegians coming out on top, 9-5. The win left Norway alone in first place, while Canada fell into a three-way tie in second with Japan and Switzerland.
It was a huge win for Norway, especially in a day when they lost their first matchup of the tournament, losing to Germany, 7-6.
For Canada—which has won three of the last four World Curling Championships—the loss to Norway was disappointing, but this tournament is far from over, as Kevin Koe told The Canadian Press (via CBC Sports):
I would have liked to be a little better, but the way we were playing earlier in the week, that's not a bad spot because we were struggling. We have some tough games coming up, but if we can keep throwing it well, I think we'll get better results.
Some of the missed shots weren't the result of the throws—it was more the line calling. We just have to pick that up a little better.
The Canadians never recovered from Norway's strong start, pulling to within one but never able to get over the hump.
The big winners on the day were Switzerland, knocking off both Germany and China, Japan, beating Russia and Denmark and the Czech Republic besting Sweden and Scotland. Now, all eyes turn to the battle for second place, while countries like Germany and Sweden will see if they can worm their way further up the standings.
Day 3 Recap
The 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship from Beijing, China saw more intense action on Day 3 than any other day in the tournament thus far.
With three packed sessions, curling fans were treated to 12 exciting games.
Session 6 was the morning group of Games. It featured Japan beating Team USA 9-5, Norway beating Sweden 6-3, Canada destroying Russia 9-1 and Denmark beating Germany 9-4. It was a great way to start another day of action.
With the event growing with each passing segment, Session 7 featured the best action of the day. Sweden beat Russia in a tight 7-6 matchup, China held off the Czech Republic 6-5, Scotland squeezed out a win over Switzerland 10-9 and the United States trounced Germany 8-3.
There was no way Session 8 was going to live up to the performances in the prior segment, but the eighth segment was still genuinely entertaining. Norway beat China 5-3, Switzerland beat Japan 8-3, Denmark held off Scotland 7-6 and Canada beat the Czech Republic 10-6.
Norway remains the only undefeated team left on the standings. Team Canada has launched its way into the No. 2 spot and Germany, Japan and Switzerland are tied for third. Team USA is in seventh place.
Day 2 Recap
After an action-packed Day 2 of the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, the excitement surrounding this annual event is through the roof.
Session 3 kicked off with Team China beating Scotland 11-8 and was followed up with Switzerland dominating the Czech Republic 9-4.
While the first two games were exciting, the real action picked up in Session 4. Germany beat Switzerland 7-5, Japan beat Canada 9-6, Norway beat Denmark 8-3 and Team USA beat Russia 6-5.
This was the best set of games during Day 2.
The excitement continued in the fifth session, as Norway beat the Czech Republic 9-5, Switzerland beat Denmark 6-5, Japan beat Scotland 9-4 and Canada beat China 9-6 to end the action on Sunday.
Both Germany and Norway sit atop the standings with three victories apiece, but the tournament is still wide open as four teams have two victories as well. Team USA is tied for seventh.
Day 1 Recap
The 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship started off with plenty of great matches.
Pete Chorba posted a photo of the rinks and you can see the lack of attendance in the stands:
German and Sweden each picked up two wins apiece, while Canada, the Czech Republic and Norway each started off their trek to a championship with a victory. Let’s take a look at the current standings after one day of play:
The Germans earned a share of the lead after eliminating China 11-5 and Russia 9-5 in the opening draws. The Swedes kept pace with victories over Scotland 8-4 and America 8-6 to set up an intriguing clash on Sunday between the two first-placed teams.
Canada earned a solid, 6-3 win against Denmark, proving that skip Kevin Koe is blocking out the distractions that have plagued him since recently winning the Tim Horton’s Brier.
Czech Republic and Norway also remain undefeated, as the teams notched victories against the USA 9-7 and Japan 9-5, respectively. One of these two will suffer a blemish shortly, as they meet in the third matchup on Sunday.
China is off to a rough start after losing to Germany 11-5 but many believe this emerging squad will soon become one of the premier powerhouses in the sport. According to Bob Weeks of Curling For Dummies (via Richard Silk of The Wall Street Jounal), the host nation has a small chance to win this tourney due to its improved strategy:
China has an outside chance. A few years ago they were very good technically, but they didn’t have the strategy. Now they’ve got that down.
While the Chinese team may be improving rapidly, support seems to be growing at a slower rate. Christopher Cameron of The News made a humorous comment about the amount of fans present.
Hopefully some more people show up as the event gets closer to crowning a champion.