The Scottish Men's Curling Championship is the national men's curling championship for Scotland. The championship usually decides which team of curlers is sent to the World Men's Curling Championship, but in Olympic years, the winner must play the British Olympic representative to play to determine the Scottish team at the Worlds.
Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
The World Curling Championships are the annual world championships for curling, organized by the World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams. There are men's, women's and mixed doubles championships, as well as junior and senior championships for each gender. There is also a world championship for wheelchair curling. The men's championship started in 1959, while the women's started in 1979. The mixed doubles championship was started in 2008. Since 2005, the men's and women's championships have been held in different venues, with Canada hosting one of the two championships every year: the men's championship in odd years, and the women's championship in even years. Canada has dominated both the men's and women's championships since their inception, although Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, the United States and Norway have all won at least one championship.
|1962||Willie Young||John Pearson||Sandy Anderson||Robert Young||Stirling|
|1963||Chuck Hay||John Bryden||Alan Glen||James Hamilton||Perth|
|1964||Alex F. Torrance||Alex Torrance||Robert Kirkland||James Waddell||Hamilton|
|1965||Chuck Hay||John Bryden||Alan Glen||David Howie||Perth|
|1966||Chuck Hay||John Bryden||Alan Glen||David Howie||Perth|
|1967||Chuck Hay||John Bryden||Alan Glen||David Howie||Perth|
|1968||Chuck Hay||John Bryden||Alan Glen||David Howie||Perth|
|1969||Bill Muirhead||George Haggart||Derek Scott||Alex Young||Perth|
|1970||Bill Muirhead||George Haggart||Derek Scott||Murray Melville||Perth|
|1971||James Sanderson||Willie Sanderson||Iain Baxter||Colin Baxter||Edinburgh|
|1972||Alex F. Torrance||Alex Torrance||Robert Kirkland||James Waddell||Hamilton|
|1973||Alex F. Torrance||Alex Torrance||Tom McGregor||Willie Kerr||Hamilton|
|1974||James Waddell||James Steele||Robert Kirkland||Willie Frame||Hamilton|
|1975||Alex F. Torrance||Alex Torrance||Willie Kerr||Tom MacGregor||Hamilton|
|1976||Bill Muirhead||Derek Scott||Len Dudman||Roy Sinclair||Perth|
|1977||Ken Horton||Willie Jameson||Keith Douglas||Richard Harding||Glasgow|
|1978||James Sanderson||Iain Baxter||Willie Sanderson||Colin Baxter||Edinburgh|
|1979||James Waddell||Willie Frame||Jim Forrest||George Bryan||Hamilton|
|1980||Barton Henderson||Greig Henderson||William Henderson||Alastair Sinclair||Aberdeen|
|1981||Colin Hamilton||Michael Dick||David Ramsay||Richard Pretsel||Edinburgh|
|1982||Colin Hamilton||David Ramsay||Michael Dick||Richard Pretsel||Edinburgh|
|1983||Graeme Adam||Ken Horton||Andrew McQuistin||Bob Cowan||Irvine|
|1984||Mike Hay||David Hay||David Smith||Russell Keiller||Perth|
|1985||Billy Howat||Robert Clark||Robert Shaw||Alistair Henry||Ayr|
|1986||David Smith||Hammy McMillan||Mike Hay||Peter Smith||Perth|
|1987||Grant McPherson||Hammy McMillan||Bobby Wilson||Richard Harding||Kinlochard|
|1988||David Smith||Hammy McMillan||Mike Hay||Peter Smith||Perth|
|1989||Graeme Adam||Ken Horton||Andrew McQuistin||Robin Copland||Glasgow|
|1990||David Smith||Mike Hay||Peter Smith||David Hay||Perth|
|1991||David Smith||Graeme Connal||Peter Smith||David Hay||Perth|
|1992||Hammy McMillan||Norman Brown||Gordon Muirhead||Roger McIntyre||Stranraer|
|1993||David Smith||Graeme Connal||Peter Smith||David Hay||Perth|
|1994||Colin Hamilton||Bob Kelly||Vic Moran||Colin Barr||Livingston|
|1995||Gordon Muirhead||Peter Loudon||Bob Kelly||Russell Keiller||Livingston|
|1996||Warwick Smith||David Smith||Peter Smith||David Hay||Perth|
|1997||Hammy McMillan||Norman Brown||Mike Hay||Brian Binnie||Stranraer|
|1998||David Smith||Warwick Smith||Peter Smith||David Hay||Perth|
|1999||Hammy McMillan||Warwick Smith||Ewan MacDonald||Peter Loudon||Inverness|
|2000||Robert Kelly||Neil Hampton||Tom Pendreigh||Ross Hepburn||Inverness|
|2001||Hammy McMillan||Warwick Smith||Ewan MacDonald||Peter Loudon||Inverness|
|2002||Peter Smith||David Hay||Graham Cormack||Steve Rankin||Perth|
|2003||David Murdoch||Craig Wilson||Neil Murdoch||Euan Byers||Lockerbie|
|2004||Ewan MacDonald||Warwick Smith||David Hay||Peter Loudon||Inverness|
|2005||David Murdoch||Craig Wilson||Neil Murdoch||Euan Byers||Lockerbie|
|2006||David Murdoch||Ewan MacDonald||Warwick Smith||Euan Byers||Lockerbie|
|2007||Warwick Smith||Craig Wilson||David Smith||Ross Hepburn||Perth|
|2008||David Murdoch||Graeme Connal||Peter Smith||Euan Byers||Lockerbie|
|2009||David Murdoch||Ewan MacDonald||Peter Smith||Euan Byers||Lockerbie|
|2010||Warwick Smith||Craig Wilson||David Smith||Ross Hepburn||Perth|
|2011||Tom Brewster||Greg Drummond||Scott Andrews||Michael Goodfellow||Aberdeen|
|2012||Tom Brewster||Greg Drummond||Scott Andrews||Michael Goodfellow||Aberdeen|
|2013||Tom Brewster||David Murdoch||Greg Drummond||Scott Andrews||Aberdeen|
|2014||Ewan MacDonald||Duncan Fernie||David Reid||Euan Byers||Inverness|
|2015||Ewan MacDonald||Duncan Fernie||Ruairidh Greenwood||Euan Byers||Inverness|
|2016||Tom Brewster||Glen Muirhead||Ross Paterson||Hammy McMillan, Jr.||Aberdeen|
|2017||David Murdoch||Greg Drummond||Scott Andrews||Michael Goodfellow||Lockerbie|
|2018||Bruce Mouat||Grant Hardie||Bobby Lammie||Hammy McMillan, Jr.||Murrayfield|
|2019||Bruce Mouat||Grant Hardie||Bobby Lammie||Hammy McMillan, Jr.||Murrayfield|
The Scottish Women's Curling Championship is the national women's curling championship for Scotland. The championship usually decides which team of curlers is sent to the World Women's Curling Championship, but in Olympic years, the winner must play the British Olympic representative to play to determine the Scottish team at the Worlds.
The United States Men's Curling Championship is the annual men's national curling championship for the United States. It acts as a qualifier for the World Men's Curling Championships. Ten teams play in each championship. Two spots are awarded to participants in the "High Performance Program", a National program that supports Top United States curlers, and is intended to prepare them for Olympic level play. Two additional spots are given to the two highest ranked United States teams on the Curling order of Merit. The remaining six positions are determined by an Open Tournament, called the Challenge Round, open to all United States curlers, where the final six teams from this triple elimination tournament get spots in the National tournament.
The Tim Hortons Brier, or simply the Brier, is the annual Canadian men's curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada. The current event name refers to its main sponsor, the Tim Hortons coffee and donut shop chain. "Brier" originally referred to a brand of tobacco sold by the event's first sponsor, the Macdonald Tobacco Company.
The World Junior Curling Championships are an annual curling bonspiel featuring the world's best curlers who are 21 years old or younger. The competitions for both men and women occur at the same venue. The men's tournament has occurred since 1975 and the women's since 1988. Since curling became an Olympic sport in 1998, the World Junior Curling Championship of the year preceding the Olympic Games have been held at the site of the curling tournament for the upcoming Games.
David Murdoch is a retired Scottish curler from Stirling. As the Scotland skip, he and his former team of Ewan MacDonald, Warwick Smith, Euan Byers and Peter Smith are the 2006 and 2009 World Curling Champions. Representing Great Britain, he has been skip at three Winter Olympics, Torino 2006, finishing fourth, Vancouver 2010, finishing fifth and Sochi 2014, where he won an Olympic silver medal. He currently serves as the coach and performance team manager for British Curling.
Warwick B. Smith is a Scottish curler from Bridge of Earn, Perth and Kinross.
Torger Nergård, also spelled Nergaard is a Norwegian curler from Oslo.
Brent Laing is a Canadian curler from Shanty Bay, Ontario. He currently plays second for John Epping. He grew up in Meaford, Ontario.
Ewan MacDonald is a Scottish curler. Representing Scotland, he is a three-time World Champion, playing second for Hammy McMillan in 1999 and playing third for David Murdoch in 2006 and 2009. He has also represented Great Britain at three Winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.
The 1988 World Men's Curling Championship took place at the Icehalle in Lausanne, Switzerland from April 11–17. The gold medal was won by Team Norway, who also won the Curling competition in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Canada took the silver medal, and Scotland the bronze.
The curling competition of the 2010 Olympics was held at Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre in Vancouver. It is the fifth time that curling was on the Olympic program, after having been staged in 1924, 1998, 2002 and 2006. The competition followed the same format that was used during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with 10 teams playing a round robin tournament, from which the top four teams advance to the semi-finals.
Eve Muirhead is a Scottish curler from Blair Atholl. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as part of Team GB and is the 2013 World Champion.
Håvard Vad Petersson is a Norwegian curler from Arendal who currently plays lead for Team Thomas Ulsrud.
The United States Curling Association is the national governing body of the sport of curling in the United States. The goal of the USCA is to grow the sport of curling in the United States and win medals in competitions both domestic and abroad. Curling’s recent popularity has swelled the USCA to 165 curling clubs and 16,500 curlers in the United States. The United States Olympic men's curling teams have seen success in recent years, most notably winning the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, led by skip John Shuster. The men's team also captured the bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin under the guidance of skip Pete Fenson.
Ulrik Schmidt is a Danish curler. He currently skips the Danish national team, while he throws third stones.
Thomas Brewster, Jr. is a Scottish curler from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is currently the coach of the Sophie Jackson women's team.
Scott Andrews is a Scottish curler from Kilmarnock.
The 2011 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships were held in Moscow, Russia from December 2 to 10. The Group C competitions were held from September 30 to October 8 in Tårnby, Denmark.
The curling competition of the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Ice Cube Curling Center, nicknamed "the Ice Cube". It is the sixth time that curling was on the Olympic program. In both the men's and women's competitions, ten nations competed. These two events took place from 10 to 21 February 2014.
The 2012 European Curling Championships was held from December 7 to 15 at the Löfbergs Lila Arena and the Karlstad Curling Club in Karlstad, Sweden. The Group A competitions was held at the Löfbergs Lila Arena, while the Group B competitions was held at the Karlstad Curling Club. The 2012 European Curling Championships marked the fourth time that Sweden hosted the European Curling Championships. The Group C competitions were held from October 5 to 10 in Erzurum, Turkey.
A total of 10 teams in each tournament 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.
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