World Curling Championships

The first world championship tournament was held in 1958. Canadian teams have dominated the event, which is now conducted by the International Curling Federation (ICF), founded in 1966 and based in Edinburgh.

Mens World Curling Champions

Mens World Curling Champions

Year

Country

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1972

Canada

Crest Melesnuk

1973

Sweden

Kjell Oscarius

1974

United States

Bud Somerville

1975

Switzerland

Otto Danieli

1976

United States

Bruce Roberts

1977

Sweden

Ragnar Kemp

1978

United States

Bob Nichols

1979

Norway

Kristian Soerum

1980

Canada

Rich Folk

1981

Switzerland

Jurg Tanner

1982

Canada

Al Hackner

1983

Canada

Ed Werenich

1984

Norway

Eigil Ramsfjell

1985

Canada

Al Hackner

1986

Canada

Ed Luckowich

1987

Canada

Russ Howard

1988

Norway

Eigil Ramsfjell

1989

Canada

Pat Ryan

1990

Canada

Ed Werenich

1991

Scotland

David Smith

1992

Switzerland

Markus Eggler

1993

Canada

Russ Howard

1994

Canada

Rich Folk

1995

Canada

Kerry Burtnyk

1996

Canada

Jeff Stoughton

1997

Sweden

Peter Lindholm

1998

Canada

Wayne Middaugh

1999

Scotland

Hammy McMillan

2000

Canada

Greg McAulay

2001

Sweden

Peter Lindholm

2002

Canada

Randy Ferby

2003

Canada

Randy Ferby

2004

Sweden

Peter Lindholm

2005

Canada

Randy Ferby

2006

Scotland

David Murdoch

2007

Canada

Glenn Howard

2008

Canada

Kevin Martin

2009

Scotland

David Murdoch

 

Womens World Curling Champions

Womens World Curling Champions

Year

Country

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1979

Switzerland

Gaby Casanova

1980

Canada

Marj Mitchell

1981

Sweden

Elisabeth Hagstrom

1982

Denmark

Marianne Jorgenson

1983

Switzerland

Erika Mueller

1984

Canada

ConnieLallberte

1985

Canada

Linda Moore

1986

Canada

Marilyn Darte

1987

Canada

Pat Sanders

1988

Germany

Andrea Schopp

1989

Canada

Heather Houston

1990

Norway

Dordi Nordby

1991

Norway

Dordi Nordby

1992

Sweden

Elisabet Johanssen

1993

Canada

Sandra Peterson

1994

Canada

Sandra Peterson

1995

Sweden

Elisabet Gustafson

1996

Canada

Marilyn Bodogh

1997

Canada

Sandra Schmirler

1998

Sweden

Elisabet Gustafson

1999

Sweden

Elisabet Gustafson

2000

Canada

Kelley Law

2001

Canada

Colleen Jones

2002

Scotland

Jackie Lockhart

2003

United States

Debbie McCormick

2004

Canada

Colleen Jones

2005

Sweden

Anette Norberg

2006

Sweden

Anette Norberg

2007

Canada

Kelly Scott

2008

Canada

Jennifer Jones

2009

China

Bingyu Wang

 

World Curling Championships - History

It is recorded that international curling events were staged in the 19th century in Europe and North America, but it was not until the first Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix in 1924 that any form of competition was identified. Great Britain defeated Sweden and France in a three-country demonstration of the sport.

In 1932 at Lake Placid, curling again was listed as a demonstration sport at the Winter Olympics, and Canada was a winner over the United States in a two-country competition in which each country entered four teams.

Another 25 years passed before a meeting was held in Edinburgh in 1957 to consider the formation of an international organisation which would be required in order to apply for Olympic medal status. No progress was documented, but two years later, in 1959, Scotland and Canada reached a major milestone by launching the Scotch Cup series between their national men's curling champions.

Interest in other countries was generated, and the USA (1961), Sweden (1962), Norway and Switzerland (1964), France (1966) and Germany (1967) expanded the Scotch Cup entry. The 1959-67 results now are recognised in the curling history of the men's world championship.

The success of the Scotch Cup series led to another attempt, in March 1965, to create a global administration. The Royal Caledonian Curling Cup convened a meeting in Perth, Scotland, and six countries (Scotland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland) agreed to a proposal to form an international committee of the Royal Club, to be called the International Curling Federation (ICF).

The following year, in March, 1966, in Vancouver, Canada, a draft constitution for the ICF was considered by seven countries (France was added to the original six), and the Federation was declared to be established as of 1 April 1966.

The constitution was approved in March 1967, at Perth, and a set of rules for international competition was proposed. At the Federation's annual meeting in 1968 in Pointe Claire, Quebec, these rules were adopted, but are subject to amendment and revision each year.

Also in 1968, the Air Canada Silver broom replaced the Scotch Cup, and it was sanctioned as the World Curling Championship. In 1975, the Federation endorsed the World Junior Men's Curling Championship, 1979 the Ladies' Curling Championship; and in 1988, the World Junior Ladies' Curling Championship. The four events were combined into two in 1989 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Markham, Ontario, and became known as the World Curling Championships (WCC) and the World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC).

The Constitution had a significant adjustment in 1982, when the Federation was declared an independent entity and approved as the governing body of curling in the world, while the Royal Caledonian Curling Club was acknowledged as the Mother Club of Curling.

(above from worldcurling.org)