Curling at the Winter Olympics

Curling at the Winter Olympics
Curling pictogram.svg
Governing bodyWCF
Events3 (men: 1; women: 1; mixed: 1)
Games
  • 1956
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1976
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Curling was included in the program of the inaugural Winter Olympic Games in 1924 in Chamonix[1] although the results of that competition were not considered official by the International Olympic Committee until 2006. Curling was a demonstration sport at the 1932 Games, and then again after a lengthy absence in 1988 and 1992. The sport was finally added to the official program for the 1998 Nagano Games.

Until 2018, men's and women's events were contested. An additional event, mixed doubles, was rejected for 2010 because the Olympic Programme Commission felt it had not developed enough,[2][3] but was approved for the 2018 Winter Olympics at an IOC Executive Board meeting in June 2015.[4]

Since the 1998 Olympics, Canada has generally dominated the sport with their men's teams winning gold in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and silver in 1998 and 2002. The women's team won gold in 1998 and 2014, a silver in 2010, and a bronze in 2002 and 2006. Their mixed doubles team won gold in 2018.

The related ice stock sport (Eisstockschießen in German) was a demonstration event in 1936 and 1964. These events are not considered additional demonstrations of curling.[5][6]

  1. ^ Heidrick, Shaun (2014-01-08). "Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: A History of Curling at the Games - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  2. ^ "Olympic Programme Updates". Olympic.org. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  3. ^ National Lead Writer (2014-01-27). "Sochi Olympics: Popularity, Buzz and Drama of Curling with NBC's Andrew Catalon". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  4. ^ "Mixed Doubles curling confirmed for PyeongChang 2018 Olympics". World Curling Federation. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hojnacki, Sean (2013-12-20). "Winter Olympics 2014: 10 Things to Know About Curling - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  6. ^ Briscoe, Jeff (2014-01-08). "Rules of Curling in the Winter Olympics - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.

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