BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship 2022 heading to Prince George, Canada

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Following the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, the international curling spotlight turns to Canada on Saturday 19 March, when the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship 2022 gets underway in the CN Centre in Prince George.

While Canada is no stranger to hosting world curling championships, this is the second time that Prince George, the largest city in northern British Columbia, attempts to host an event.

Prince George was originally scheduled to host this event in March 2020, but it was cancelled at the eleventh hour then, one of the first sporting event victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the 42nd World Women’s Championship to be staged, with the first held in Perth, Scotland in 1979. Altogether, 13 women’s teams will be representing their national Member Associations at this event.

The teams qualified through five different routes for this Championship:

Host: Canada

From the Pacific-Asia Championships, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in November 2021 (in qualification order): Japan, Korea

From the Le Gruyère European Championships, held in Lillehammer, Norway, in November 2021 (in qualification order): Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey

From the Americas Zone: United States

From the World Qualification Event, held in Lohja, Finland, in January 2022 (in qualification order): Denmark, Norway.

With the removal of the Russian Curling Federation teams from the upcoming World Championships following the introduction of the emergency ruling, the newly vacated spot in the line-up were offered to Latvia, the third-place finisher from the World Qualification Event 2022 held in Lohja, Finland in January.

As they were unable to accept this offer, Finland were then offered the position as fourth-place finishers at the World Qualification Event 2022, but were also unable to accept.

As such, it was determined that the three teams ranked highest in the World Rankings, who had not yet qualified for the championship, would be offered the place, with the understanding that the highest ranked side would have the first refusal on securing the vacant position. From this process, Czech Republic completes the championship line-up.

Meet the Teams

Canada: skipped by Kerri Einarson, this team was due to make their world championship debut in Prince George in 2020. They finished fifth at the 2021 World Championship in Calgary, Canada.

Team Canada at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2021 © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

Czech Republic: skipped by experienced international curler Alzbeta Baudysova, this is a newly formed Czech team. Second player Michaela Baudysova and lead Klara Svatonova both played earlier this season at the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 and the Le Gruyère European Curling Championship 2021.

Denmark: skipped by Madeleine Dupont, who will be making her 13th World Championship appearance, this team finished fifth at the 2021 World Championship. More recently, they finished ninth at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 in China.

Germany: skipped by Daniela Jentsch, who is making her eighth appearance, this team finished ninth at the 2021 World Championship. They also took bronze at the 2021 European Championship in Lillehammer, Norway.

Italy: this team is skipped by 2022 Olympic Mixed Doubles gold medallist Stefania Constantini. They finished 13th at the 2021 World Championship.

Team Italy at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2021 © WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan: skipped by Kitazawa Ikue, who last represented Japan at the 2019 World Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark, finishing fourth.

Korea: skipped by Kim EunJung, this is a fourth World Championship appearance by this team. Their best place so far was fifth at the 2018 Championship in North Bay, Canada. They were silver medallists at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in Korea.

Norway: skip Kristin Skaslien, who returns for her sixth World Championship (with the last time being in 2015 in Sapporo, Japan) won Olympic silver in Mixed Doubles in Beijing.

Scotland: a new-look team skipped by Rebecca Morrison, who is making her debut at this level.

Sweden: skip Anna Hasselborg makes her fifth World Championship appearance, and her team is looking to improve on the two world silver medals they gained in 2018 and 2019. This team were bronze medallists at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Olympic champions in 2018 in PyeongChang.

Switzerland: the defending world champions are skipped by Silvana Tirinzoni, who is making her sixth appearance looking for a hat-trick of world titles.

Switzerland’s Alina Paetz at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2021 in Lillehammer, Norway © WCF / Céline Stucki

Turkey: skip Dilsat Yildiz leads Turkey into their first-ever World Championship campaign.

United States: having acted as alternate at the 2017 World Championship in Beijing, China, Cory Christensen makes her playing debut as skip. Her team includes Vicky Persinger, who played in Mixed Doubles at the Olympic Winter Games 2022 Beijing.

Competition Information

There will be twenty sessions of round-robin play, commencing on Saturday 19 March and concluding on Friday 25 March.

This will determine the top six teams on the rankings.

The teams ranked top and second will proceed directly to the semi-finals. For teams ranked third to sixth, Qualification Games will take place on Saturday 26 March (3v6 and 4v5).

Semi-finals will follow in the evening of 26 March. (Team 1 will play the winner of 4v5; Team 2 will play the winner of 3v6).

The bronze medal game and then the gold medal final will be staged on Sunday 27 March.

For this event (and the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2022 in Las Vegas, United States), the World Curling Federation will be trialling a new no-tick rule.

This means that, in that part of an end when the free guard zone rule (which prohibits the removal of certain stones) is in effect, any stone touching the centre line in the free guard zone cannot be moved off the centre line. More details on this rule are available here.

This trial is one of the recommendations made by the World Curling Federation ‘Maximising the Value’ Working Group, and follows wide consultation with stakeholders, including players and members of the World Curling Federation’s Athlete’s Commission.

A full broadcast schedule for the event will be released on the World Curling Federation website in the coming days.

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Prince George, Canada

14 March 2022
World Women's Curling Championship 2022