Hall of Fame

Induction into the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame is the highest ‘non-playing’ honour that the World Curling Federation can bestow on someone and recognises outstanding contribution to the sport of curling whether through on-ice achievements or off-ice endeavours.

Before 2012, the Federation presented the World Curling Freytag Award to recognise outstanding contribution to the sport. From 2012, inductees into the World Curling Hall of Fame have been presented with the Freytag Medal to mark their induction. The World Curling Freytag Award is a tribute to the late Elmer Freytag of the United States Curling Association, one of the founding members of the Federation.

Previous winners of the Elmer Freytag Award and the World Curling Freytag Award have all been inducted to the World Curling Hall of Fame.

There are two classes of honour:

    • Curler: awarded to athletes who have achieved extraordinary distinction and outstanding results, and have demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship and character, in the sport of curling.
    • Builder: awarded to individuals who have accomplished distinguished service and have made major contributions to the development and advancement of international curling.

World Curling Federation Hall of Fame

Year Honour Recipient
2019 Builder Ian Michael Thomson, Scotland
2019 Builder Michael Burns, Sr., Canada (posthumously)
2019 Curler Dordi Nordby, Norway
2018 Builder Shorty Jenkins, Canada (posthumously)
2018 Builder Elmer Freytag, United States (posthumously)
2018 Builder Young C. Kim, Korea
2018 Curler Kevin Martin, Canada
2017 Curler(s) Ernie, Arnold, Garnet and Wes Richardson, Canada
2016 Builder Franco Zumofen, Italy
2016 Curler Elisabeth Högström, Sweden
2016 Builder Warren Hansen, Canada
2015 Curler Ray Turnbull, Canada
2015 Curler Russ Howard, Canada
2015 Builder Hiroyuki Saito, Japan
2014 Curler Randy Ferbey, Canada
2014 Curler Patrick Hürlimann, Switzerland
2014 Curler Eigil Ramsfjell, Norway
2013 Curler Don Duguid, Canada
2013 Curler Ron Northcott, Canada
2012 Builder Günther Hummelt, Austria (posthumously)
2012 Builder Jean-Paul Bidaud, Switzerland
2012 Curler Elisabet Gustafson, Sweden


World Curling Freytag Award Recipients

Year Honour Recipient
2011 Builder Ray Kingsmith, Canada (posthumously)
2010 Builder Malcolm Richardson, Scotland
2009 Curler Sandra Schmirler, Canada (posthumously)
2008 Builder Leslie Ingram-Brown, Scotland
2007 Builder Roy Sinclair, Scotland
2006 Builder Kunio Nando, Japan
2003 Builder Bob Whitehead, United States (posthumously)
2002 Builder Franz Tanner, Switzerland
2001 Builder Shirley Morash, Canada
Curler Raymond (Bud) Somerville, United States
2000 Builder Bob Hardy, United States
Curler Ernie Richardson, Canada
1997 Erwin Sautter, Switzerland
1996 Elizabeth Paterson-Brown, Scotland
1994 Keith Wendorf, Germany


Elmer Freytag Award Recipients

Year Recipient
1990 Colin Campbell, Canada (posthumously)
1989 Don McKay, United States
1988 Kay Sugahara, United States
1987 Bob Picken, Canada
1986 Art Cobb, United States
1985 Don McLeod, Canada
1984 Robin Welsh, Scotland
1983 Mabel Deware, Canada
1982 Sven Eklund, Sweden
1981 Doug Maxwell, Canada
1980 Bob Grierson, Scotland
1979 Chuck Hay, Scotland
1978 Ken Watson, Canada



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