Curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Qualification

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A total of 10 teams in each tournament (5 athletes per team) qualified for a quota of 100 athletes in curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics. A further 8 mixed doubles pairs qualified for a total of 16 athletes. Therefore, a total of 116 athletes qualified in total to compete in the curling competitions.

Summary[edit]

Final summary[edit]

Nations Men Women Mixed doubles Athletes
 Canada X X X 12
 China X X 7
 Denmark X X 10
 Finland X 2
 Great Britain X X 10
 Italy X 5
 Japan X X 10
 Norway X X 7
 Olympic Athletes from Russia X X 7
 South Korea X X X 12
 Sweden X X 10
 Switzerland X X X 12
 United States X X X 12
Total: 13 NOCs 10 10 8 116

Men[edit]

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  South Korea
Qualification points via World Championships 7  Canada
 Sweden
 United States
 Japan
 Switzerland
 Great Britain
 Norway
Olympic Qualification Event 2  Italy
 Denmark
Total 10

Women[edit]

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  South Korea
Qualification points via World Championships 7  Canada
 Olympic Athletes from Russia
 Switzerland
 Great Britain
 United States
 Sweden
 Japan
Olympic Qualification Event 2  China
 Denmark
Total 10

Mixed doubles[edit]

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  South Korea
Qualification points via World Championships 7  China
 Canada
 Olympic Athletes from Russia
 United States
 Switzerland
 Norway
 Finland
Total 8

Qualification timeline[edit]

Event Date Venue
2016 Ford World Women's Curling Championship 19–27 March Swift Current, Canada
2016 World Men's Curling Championship 2–10 April Basel, Switzerland
2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 16–23 April Karlstad, Sweden
2017 World Women's Curling Championship 18–26 March Beijing, China
2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship 1–9 April Edmonton, Canada
2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 22–29 April Lethbridge, Canada
2017 Final qualification event 5–10 December Plzeň, Czech Republic

Qualification system[edit]

Qualification to the curling tournaments at the Winter Olympics was determined through two methods. Nations qualified teams by earning qualification points from performances at the 2016 and 2017 World Curling Championships. Teams also qualified through an Olympic qualification event which was held in December 2017. Seven nations qualified teams via World Championship qualification points, while two nations qualified through the qualification event (nations who competed at the 2014 and/or 2015 Worlds and did not score points were also eligible to compete at this tournament). As host nation, South Korea qualified teams automatically, thus making a total of ten teams per gender in the curling tournaments. For the mixed doubles competition, the top seven ranked teams earning qualification points from performances at the 2016 and 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship qualified along with hosts South Korea.[1]

Qualification points[edit]

The qualification points are allotted based on the nations' final rankings at the World Championships. The points are distributed as follows:

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Note: Scotland, England and Wales all compete separately in international curling. By an agreement between the curling federations of those three home nations, only Scotland can score Olympic qualification points on behalf of Great Britain.[1]

Standings[edit]

Key
Nations that have qualified for the Olympic Games via points
Nations that have qualified for the Olympic Games via Olympic qualification event

Men[edit]

Position Country 2016 2017 Total
1  Canada 14 14 28
2  Sweden 7 12 19
3  United States 10 9 19
4  Japan 9 6 15
5  Switzerland 4 10 14
6  Great Britain 6 7 13
7  Norway 8 5 13
8  Denmark 12 0 12
9  China 0 8 8
10  Finland 5 0 5
11  Italy 0 4 4
12  Germany 1 3 4
13  Olympic Athletes from Russia 3 1 4
14  Netherlands 0 2 2
15  South Korea (host) 2 0 2
16  Czech Republic 0 0 0
  • Nations listed with 0 points were competitors at the 2014 or 2015 world championships, and were eligible for the final qualification event.[2]

Women[edit]

Position Country 2016 2017 Total
1  Canada 9 14 23
2  Olympic Athletes from Russia 10 12 22
3  Switzerland 14 5 19
4  Great Britain 8 10 18
5  United States 7 8 15
6  Sweden 4 9 13
7  South Korea (host) 6 7 13
8  Japan 12 0 12
9  Germany 3 4 7
10  Czech Republic 0 6 6
11  Denmark 5 1 6
12  Italy 1 3 4
13  China 0 2 2
14  Finland 2 0 2
15  Latvia 0 0 0
 Norway 0 0 0
  • Nations listed with 0 points were competitors at the 2014 or 2015 world championships, and were eligible for the final qualification event.[2]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Position Country 2016 2017 Total
1  China 12 10 22
2  Canada 8 12 20
3  Olympic Athletes from Russia 14 4 18
4  Switzerland 0 14 14
5  United States 10 3 13
6  Norway 4 8 12
7  Finland 6 6 12
8  Great Britain 9 2 11
9  Czech Republic 0 9 9
10  South Korea (host) 0 7 7
11  Estonia 7 0 7
12  Latvia 0 5 5
13  Slovakia 3 0 3
14  Austria 2 0 2
15  Italy 0 1 1
16  Ireland 1 0 1
  • England earned 5 points in 2016 but only Scotland can score Olympic qualification points on behalf of Great Britain.[1]

Qualification event[edit]

At the Olympic qualifying event, which was held 5–10 December 2017 in Plzeň, Czech Republic,[3] the top two teams in the event qualified their nations to participate in the Olympics. The qualification event was open to any nations that earned qualification points at the 2016 or 2017 World Curling Championships (as listed above) or participated at the 2014 or 2015 World Curling Championships (the Czech men's team, the Norway and the Latvia women's team).

National qualifying events[edit]

Some countries select their teams through trial qualification tournaments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Qualification Systems for XXIII Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018" (PDF). World Curling Federation. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Czech Republic to host WCF Olympic Qualification Event 3". World Curling Federation.