WCF World Rankings season 2013-2014 released

The World Curling Federation has released its latest world rankings, following the conclusion of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2014 World Curling Championships.

Canada: Double Olympic Curling Gold photo:WCF/Michael Burns

The latest rankings can be seen and downloaded here: www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women

In the women’s ranking, Canada moves up to the top spot, with Sweden moving down to second. This reflects Jennifer Jones and her Canadian team’s gold medal win in Sochi and Rachel Homan’s silver finish at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Canada in March. Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson took silver at the Olympic Winter Games and finished fifth at the World Championships.

There is a notable jump up two places for Russia, following Anna Sidorova’s Bronze medal win at the world championships in March.

Korea make it to the top ten women’s curling nations after Ji-Sun Kim and her team finished eighth at the Olympics and fourth at the Women’s World Championships.

The Czech Republic also move up two places, based on their qualification for the worlds and a ninth place finish at the event.

In the men’s ranking, Canada maintains its dominance at the top due to Brad Jacobs and his team’s gold medal win at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Sweden moves up one spot following Niklas Edin’s bronze medal win at the Olympics and Oskar Eriksson and his team’s silver medal finish at the CPT World Men’s Curling Championship which concluded at the weekend in Beijing, China.

While Great Britain took silver at the Olympics, Scotland/Great Britain slip back to third in the men’s ranking due to Ewan MacDonald’s ninth placing at the World Championships in Beijing.

China move up to sixth spot, based on Rui Liu’s fourth placing in Sochi and sixth place finish at the Worlds.

There are jumps up the rankings for Russia and Japan as a result of both nations qualifying for the world championships. Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi achieved Japan’s best ever performance at the World Championship in Beijing, finishing fifth.

Notable drops are Germany in the women’s ranking - slipping down three places - as a German women’s team failed to make the Olympics and finished eighth at the world championships. In the men’s ranking, France drops three spots, as a French men’s team did not manage to qualify for Sochi or the World Men’s Championship.

The rest of the rankings remain unchanged from the last publication in December following the 2013 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships and 2013 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

The WCF World Rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic Champion Patrick Hürlimann, from Switzerland, 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 calculated on a percentage-scaled basis for placement at events dating back as far as six curling seasons.

WCF Member Associations totaling the same points, will be ranked so that the team with the highest number of points awarded for the last season will be ranked higher.

The next WCF World Rankings will be released following the 2014 Pacific-Asia and European Curling Championships in November.