- What: The 2022 World Women’s Curling Championship
- Who: The main four contenders to win the 2022 World Title
- Where: CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia
- When: Sat, Mar 19, 2022 – Sun, Mar 27, 2022
Following the 2022 Winter Olympics, this year’s World Curling Championship will feature an impressive back-to-back round of world-class competitions for the sport. Set amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Prince George, British Columbia, the 2022 Women’s World Curling Championships will showcase some of the best in the sport. One of the main storylines heading into the event will be if Switzerland will be able to three-peat and build off the momentum they built in 2019 and 2021. The Swiss were able to knock off the Russians in the final, 4-2, and will be the team to beat after the Olympics.
The Number One Contender: Switzerland (Odds: TBA)
The reigning world champions, the Swiss were able to defend their title in 2021 thanks to an outstanding performance from Silvana Tirinzoni. A savvy veteran, Tirinzoni is currently the reigning women’s world champion skip for the Swiss and she was able to hold off Alina Kovaleva of Russia in the final, 4-2. The rest of the team will most likely be filled with holdovers from the Olympics in Beijing and could include the likes of Alina Pätz (fourth), Esther Neuenschwander (second), and Melanie Barbezat (lead). Switzerland will be the team to watch at the 2022 Championships.
Number Two: Sweden (Odds: TBA)
Led by skip Anna Hasselborg, the 2018 Olympic champion in women’s curling, Sweden is seeking their first women’s curling world championship since 2011. The Swedes have been a historically dominant power in the sport, but have been coming up short in the last decade. Since their championship in 2011, Sweden has finished in the runner-up slot four times, with the last coming in 2019. Now recognized as the consensus No. 1 team by the WCF World Rankings, Sweden will be looking to finally summit the world championship mountain.
Number three: South Korea (Odds: TBA)
A rising power in the women’s curling scene, South Korea is currently ranked as the No. 3 team in the world by the WCF Rankings. As recently as the 2020-21 season, the Koreans were ranked as the second-best team in the world and are aiming for the country’s first-ever world championship at the 2022 tournament. The women’s team was able to notch a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics and is led by skip Kim Eun-jung who is also known as “Annie.” In fact, the squad is known as the “Kim Team” and all feature colourful nicknames from “Steak” (Kim Kyeong-ae) to “Pancake” (Kim Yeong-mi). An entertaining squad, expect the Kims to make more noise this year.
Final contender: Canada (Odds: TBA)
The last spotlight on our list, Team Canada holds the record for most curling world titles in the history of the women’s competition at 17. A powerful squad that can never be counted, the Canadians are currently recognized as the fifth-best team in the world per the WCF rankings but always seem to be in the mix at the world championships. The Canadians won their last world title on home soil (North Bay, Canada) back in 2018 and capped off a dominant back-to-back championship run in 2017-18. If Canada can capture their 18th title in 2022, it should not surprise many who have been following the sport for a long time.
Prediction: A crowded field, the 2022 Women’s Curling World Championship will be an excellent showcase for the sport right after the Winter Olympics. In what should be a return to form, look for Sweden to capture their first world title since 2011.
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