World Junior Curling Championships to begin in Jönköping

Italy's Simone Piffer and Francesco De Zanna at the World Junior Curling Championships 2020 © WCF / Emil Cooper

The last event of the 2021–2022 World Curling season, the World Junior Curling Championships, will be held in Jönköping, Sweden, from 15–22 May 2022.

This will be the 50th edition of the championship on the men’s side and the 34th edition for the women.

Ten men’s and ten women’s teams representing their national Member Associations have qualified for the event.

Men’s competition

The men’s field consists of: Canada, Germany, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and United States

The reigning champions, Canada, bring a new team to the world stage, skipped by Owen Purcell.

In the Scottish men’s team, three players — skip James Craik, Angus Bryce and Niall Ryder — won bronze medals at the World Juniors in 2020.

Norway’s skip Grunde Buraas is Youth Olympic champion in the mixed team event from 2020.

Women’s competition

The participating teams in the women’s field are: Canada, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and United States

Switzerland’s Malin Da Ros at the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Canada junior women are the reigning champions. Their second player, Lauren Rajala took part in the Youth Olympic Games in 2020.

Norway’s front end — second player Nora Oestgaard and lead Ingeborg Forbregd — are Youth Olympic gold medallists from 2020 in the mixed team competition.

Team Latvia has a vast experience on the international curling stage, with all members taking part in at least four World Curling events. Their skip, Evelina Barone, has participated in 17 World Curling events to date.

Denmark skip Karolina Jensen and third player Gabriella Qvist also have some experience on the international stage, both of them having played in both junior and elite World Curling events.

Round-robin play starts on Sunday 15 May and continues until Friday 20 May. The top four teams in the round-robin rankings qualify for the semi-finals in both genders.

All the semi-finals will take place on Saturday 21 May. The men’s semi-finals will start at 14.00, and are followed by the women’s semi-final games at 19.00.

In both genders one semi-final will be played between the first-ranked and the fourth-ranked teams, while the other semi-final will be held between the second- and third-ranked teams.

The winners of the semi-finals will play for gold medals and the world title, the losers will play for bronze.

The men’s medal games will take place on Sunday 22 May at 09.00. The women will play for the medals at 14.00 on the same day.

World Curling TV will be broadcasting a number of games exclusively on the Curling Channel. The broadcast schedule for the event is available here.

All times are CEST (Central European Summer Time) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +2 hours.

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Jonkoping, Sweden

9 May 2022
World Juniors