Meet the teams competing at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2021

Switzerland at the World Women's Curling Championship 2019, Silkeborg, Denmark © WCF / Richard Gray

After a last minute cancellation of the 2020 women’s championship in Prince George, Canada, then a postponement of the 2021 edition which was originally slated for Schaffhausen, Switzerland in March, the women’s teams are finally taking to the ice for the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2021 in the Calgary bubble.

Teams from 14 Member Associations across the world will be vying not only for the world title, but a spot for their National Olympic Committee in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The top six teams at the world championship will earn their place in the Games, with China already having their spots secured as hosts.

This year’s field qualified through a unique qualification process that was put in place due to the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the championship. This qualification process is determined by a combination of the World Rankings and qualification competitions in 2019 and 2020.

Americas Zone – two places determined by the World Rankings (Canada and United States)

European Zone – eight places determined by the results from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 (Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, RCF, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia)

Pacific-Asia Zone – two places determined by the results from the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 (China and Japan)

Thirteenth entry — allocated to the Member Association highest in the World Rankings who has not already qualified for the championship (Korea)

Final entryExpanded field for 2021 spot (Italy)

Canada

Kerri Einarson © Curling Canada Andrew Klaver

The hosts will be represented by two-time Canadian champions, skipped by Kerri Einarson. Despite being back-to-back Canadian champions, this rink has yet to compete on the world stage due to last year’s championship cancellation. Following their Scottie’s Tournament of Hearts win, Einarson went on to win the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship with Brad Gushue. In 2018, second, Shannon Birchard, won gold as part of Team Jennifer Jones in the alternate position. This team has been competing in the bubble on-and-off since February and should be well adapted to the COVID-secure environment.

4 : Kerri EINARSON (Skip)

3 : Val SWEETING (Vice-Skip)

2 : Shannon BIRCHARD

1 : Briane MEILLEUR

A : Krysten KARWACKI 

China

Han Yu at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 – © WCF / Tom Rowland

The Chinese team is led by the youngest skip in the field, 20-year-old Han Yu. Han competed at the World Juniors 2019 as fourth player where she landed a fourth-place finish. After this, she skipped her team to gold at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019.

4 : HAN Yu (Skip)

3 : DONG Ziqi

2 : ZHANG Lijun (Vice-Skip)

1 : JIANG Xindi

A : YAN Hui

Czech Republic

Czech Republic at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Céline Stucki

Anna Kubeskova will skip the Czechs in her fifth world championship appearance. The team finished in sixth place at the European’s with a 3-6 record and prior to that went 6-6 at the world championship in 2018. 2016 brought their best World’s performance with a fourth-place finish. This team features sisters, Alzbeta and Michaela Baudysova.

4 : Anna KUBESKOVA (Skip)

3 : Alzbeta BAUDYSOVA (Vice-Skip)

2 : Michaela BAUDYSOVA

1 : Ezen KOLCEVSKAJA

A : Petra VINSOVA

Denmark 

Mathilde Halse at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

The Dupont sisters are returning to world championship ice for their 12th appearances. In both 2018 and 2019 the Danish team finished their round-robin campaigns with a 3-9 record for an 11th place finish. 

4 : Madeleine DUPONT (Skip)

3 : Mathilde HALSE (Vice-Skip)

2 : Denise DUPONT

1 : Lina KNUDSEN

A : My LARSEN 

Estonia

Marie Turmann at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

For the first time in women’s history, Estonia will have a team at the world championship after their eighth-place finish at the 2019 European’s. The team’s back end will be supported by skip Marie Turmann and her sister, Liisa Turmann.

4 : Marie TURMANN (Skip)

3 : Liisa TURMANN (Vice-Skip)

2 : Heili GROSSMANN

1 : Erika TUVIKE

A : Kerli LAIDSALU

Germany

Daniela Jentsch Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

After a fifth-place finish at the 2019 European’s, German skip Daniela Jentsch will look to improve on their 5-7 record at the world championships in 2019. This will mark a seventh world appearance for the 39-year-old skip.

4 : Daniela JENTSCH (Skip)

3 : Mia HOEHNE (Vice-Skip)

2 : Klara-Hermine FOMM

1 : Analena JENTSCH

A : Emira ABBES 

Italy

Stefania Constantini at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Céline Stucki

Stefania Constantini will be making her debut at skip after playing second for Diana Gaspari at the world championship in 2018. Italy secured qualification for the 2020 world championship with their finish at the World Qualification Event 2020. For this championship only, the original 13-team field has been expanded to 14 to include the Italians, who met qualification criteria for 2020, but not 2021.

4 : Stefania CONSTANTINI (Skip)

3 : Marta LO DESERTO (Vice-Skip)

2 : Angela ROMEI

1 : Giulia ZARDINI LACEDELLI

A : Elena DAMI

Japan

Sayaka Yoshimura at the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship 2015, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan © WCF / Richard Gray

The Japanese team will be skipped by Sayaka Yoshimura, who is making her second world appearance, after playing third in 2015. Team Yoshimura defeated Team Fujisawa in the Japanese Curling Championship in February to secure their spot in Calgary.

4 : YOSHIMURA Sayaka (Skip)

3 : ONODERA Kaho

2 : OHMIYA Anna

1 : FUNAYAMA Yumie (Vice-Skip)

A : ITO Ayami

Korea

Team Korea at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 © WCF / Richard Gray

The Olympic silver medallists from the PyeongChang Olympics are making their return to the international stage for the first time since their fifth-place world finish in 2018. Skip, EunJung Kim, will be leading the same roster from the Olympic Games with hopes on building off of Korea’s Minji Kim’s world bronze medals in 2019.

4 : KIM EunJung (Skip)

3 : KIM Kyeong-Ae (Vice-Skip)

2 : KIM Chohi

1 : KIM Seon-Yeong

A : KIM Yeong-Mi

RCF

Galina Arsenkina at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019, Silkeborg, Denmark © WCF / Richard Gray

With Russia serving a two-year World Anti-Doping Agency ban, Alina Kovaleva skips a team representing RCF. 

4 : Alina KOVALEVA (Skip)

3 : Iuliia PORTUNOVA (Vice-Skip)

2 : Galina ARSENKINA

1 : Ekaterina KUZMINA

A : Maria KOMAROVA

Scotland

Eve Muirhead at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

It’s been four seasons since Scottish skip Eve Muirhead has had the opportunity to compete at the world championship. This will be the first world appearance for the ‘new’ Team Muirhead, who finished second at the European’s in 2019. Olympians, Muirhead and long-time teammate, Lauren Gray, will be making their eighth and fifth world showings, respectively.

4 : Eve MUIRHEAD (Skip)

3 : Victoria WRIGHT (Vice-Skip)

2 : Jennifer DODDS

1 : Lauren GRAY

A : Sophie SINCLAIR 

Sweden

Anna Hasselborg at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 © WCF / Richard Gray

The Olympic champions from Sweden will be skipped once again by Anna Hasselborg. The team will be leading the field, looking to one-up their back-to-back silver medals in 2018 and 2019. The Swedes claimed European gold over Scotland in the 2019 final and currently top the world rankings.

4 : Anna HASSELBORG (Skip)

3 : Sara McMANUS (Vice-Skip)

2 : Agnes KNOCHENHAUER

1 : Sofia MABERGS

A : Johanna HELDIN

Switzerland

Silvana Tirinzoni at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

The reigning world champions from Switzerland will be looking to defend their 2019 title in Calgary. The Swiss, skipped by Silvana Tirinzoni, won their Nationals against Team Stern in February to qualify their spot at the world championship. Team Tirinzoni claimed the bronze medals after defeating Alina Kovaleva at the European’s in 2019. 

4 : Alina PAETZ (Vice-Skip)

3 : Silvana TIRINZONI (Skip)

2 : Esther NEUENSCHWANDER

1 : Melanie BARBEZAT

A : Carole HOWALD

United States

Tabitha Peterson at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 © WCF / Richard Gray

The Americans will be represented by their Olympic National team from 2018, with the addition of Tara Peterson at lead. Tabitha Peterson will be stepping into the skip role while previous skip, Nina Roth will be playing third. This team won their National Championship in 2019, which has given them their ticket to represent the United States in Calgary.

4 : Tabitha PETERSON (Skip)

3 : Nina ROTH (Vice-Skip)

2 : Becca HAMILTON

1 : Tara PETERSON

A : Aileen GEVING

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Calgary, Canada

30 April 2021