Eve’s Champions Back in Action
The spotlight now falls on the next big international curling event – the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2012, presented by Richardson – which begins in Canada on Saturday March 17 and runs until Sunday March 25, with twelve of the top women’s curling teams in the world competing at the event which is being staged at the recently-upgraded Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The twelve teams who have qualified for this event are: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
For Scotland, Eve Muirhead will lead her national and European champions into action – third Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams, lead Claire Hamilton and, for this event, alternate Kelly Wood, who joins the team from her new home in Canada, all coached by Gordon Muirhead, Eve’s former world silver medallist and European champion father.
The Scots open their round-robin programme on Saturday afternoon, against Russia, who took bronze in the European Championships in Moscow in December as the Scots took gold. They then play twice on Sunday – against Germany – who have had their preparation thrown into turmoil by the news that veteran skip Andrea Schoepp has suffered a broken leg – and then Denmark, who finished fourth in this event on home ice last year.
Following the opening ceremony on Saturday March 17, the teams meet in seventeen sessions of round-robin play until the evening of Thursday 22March. After this, tie-breakers (if needed), Page Play-off games, and curling’s sole semi-final will be staged before bronze, silver and gold medals are decided in the finals on Sunday 25 March.
This will be the first event at which Olympic qualifying points will be up for grabs in this Olympic cycle. Based on cumulative points earned for their finishes at the 2012 and 2013 women’s championships, the top seven countries (host Russia receives an automatic entry), will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
An additional two nations will have the chance to win their ticket to Sochi at a new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event to be held in December 2013. All nations having competed at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Championships would be eligible to compete in this event if they have not already secured their spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
From Saturday, there will be full reports on this website after every session involving the Scots.
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters outside of Canada. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2012 World Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA and SporTV in Brazil. In Canada,
The broadcast schedule for this event is available here: http://www.worldcurling.org/ford-world-womens-curling-championship-2012-tv-web-schedule
News, live scores, team line ups and more can been seen on the event website: http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/ with additional coverage and galleries available on the WCF website: http://www.worldcurling.org/ford-world-womens-curling-championship-2012
Twitter hashtags for the event: #wwcc2012 #worldcurling #curling