April 10, 2012
Switzerland has moved up to third place in the World Curling Federation Women’s World Ranking and Scotland goes into second place in the Men’s Ranking as the final 2011-2012 Season WCF World Rankings have been released following the conclusion of the 2012 World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships.
In the women’s ranking, Switzerland moves up from fifth to third place following the gold medal success of Mirjam Ott and her team at the 2012 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge Canada. It was the first World Women’s Championship title for the Switzerland since 1983.
“I just tried to focus on the ice, the broom and the rock and not thinking about the world title and obviously it was the right thing to think about!” explained Ott recently to World Curling TV about her last shot 7-6 win over Sweden in the championship final. (see more here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHc41mFNy8c ).
With a world championship title for Anette Norberg’s new team in Denmark last year and her Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, Sweden remains atop of the women’s world ranking with Canada still in second position. Bingyu Wang’s 11th place finish at the 2012 World Championship sees China drop down a place to fourth. And, an eighth place finish for Lene Neilson and her team moves Denmark down to fifth.
In the men’s ranking, Canada has consolidated its position at the top following Glenn Howard and his team’s championship win at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel, Switzerland. Tom Brewster’s silver medal finish, for the second year in a row, sees Scotland/Great Britain move up one place to second. Norway drops down to third place as Thomas Ulsrud’s side lost out on the bronze medal for the second consecutive year.
Sweden’s bronze success with Sebastian Kraupp skipping for injured Niklas Edin moves Sweden up from fifth to fourth place in the men’s rankings. The Swiss team’s ninth place finish at the 2012 World Championship sees Switzerland drop down from fourth to fifth.
The biggest surprise of the 2011-2012 season has been the performance of the New Zealand men’s team. Following their silver medal finish at the 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Nanjing, China in November, they qualified for the World Men’s Curling Championship for the first time in seven years.
With the growth of curling in Asia, competition for the world championship spots has become fierce. The New Zealand team produced their best performance of all time at the 2012 World Championship, finishing fifth and being the only team to beat Canada during the whole event.
As a result, New Zealand moves up 5 places in the final 2011-2012 WCF World Ranking from 17th to 12th place.
The updated rankings and an explanation of the points system can be seen and downloaded here: www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women
The WCF World Rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic Champion Patrick Hürlimann Vice President of the World Curling Federation from 2010 to 2012.
Points are assigned for top-level placements at the Pacific-Asia, European and World Championships and also at the Olympic Winter Games.
Points are only assigned once per season to WCF 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.
Interim 2012-2013 season WCF World Rankings will be released following the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2012, due to be held in Karlstad, Sweden, from 8-15 December.