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.
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.
|1977||Bett Law||Bea Dodds||Margaret Paterson||Margaret Cadzow||Perth|
|1978||Isobel Torrance||Isobel Waddell||Marion Armour||Margaret Wiseman||Hamilton|
|1979||Beth Lindsay||Anne MacKellar||Jeanette Johnston||May Taylor||Ayr|
|1980||Bett Law||Bea Sinclair||Jane Sanderson||Carol Hamilton||Perth|
|1981||Helen Caird||Rae Gray||Sheena Hay||Helen Watson||Dundee|
|1982||Isobel Torrance||Isobel Waddell||Marion Armour||Margaret Wiseman||Hamilton|
|1983||Hazel McGregor||Jane Ramsay||Betty McGregor||Billie-May Muirhead||Perth|
|1984||Sadie Anderson||Annie Kennedy||Martha McFadzean||Jessie Brown||Ayr|
|1985||Isobel Torrance, Jr.||Margaret Craig||Jackie Steele||Sheila Harvey||Hamilton|
|1986||Isobel Torrance, Jr.||Margaret Craig||Jackie Steele||Sheila Harvey||Hamilton|
|1987||Marion Miller||Janice Miller||Jane McConnell||Moira McConnell||Howwood|
|1988||Christine Allison||Margaret Scott||Kimmie Brown||Sheena Drummie||Hamilton|
|1989||Christine Allison||Margaret Scott||Kimmie Brown||Carol Dawson||Hamilton|
|1990||Carolyn Hutchison||Claire Milne||Mairi Milne||Tara Brown||Howwood|
|1991||Christine Allison||Claire Milne||Mairi Milne||Margaret Richardson||Hamilton|
|1992||Jackie Lockhart||Debbie Knox||Wendy Bell||Judith Stobbie||Aberdeen|
|1993||Christine Cannon||Claire Milne||Mairi Herd||Margaret Richardson||Stranraer|
|1994||Christine Cannon||Claire Milne||Mairi Milne||Janice Watt||Stranraer|
|1995||Kirsty Hay||Edith Loudon||Joanna Pegg||Katie Loudon||Perth|
|1996||Kirsty Hay||Edith Loudon||Karen Addison||Katie Loudon||Perth|
|1997||Carolyn Hutchison||Heather Corckett||Jan Byers||Lucy Levack||Lockerbie|
|1998||Kirsty Hay||Edith Loudon||Jackie Lockhart||Katie Loudon||Perth|
|1999||Debbie Knox||Isobel Hannen||Wendy Bell||Judith Stobie||Howwood|
|2000||Rhona Martin||Margaret Morton||Fiona MacDonald||Janice Watt||Howwood|
|2001||Julia Ewart||Heather Byers||Nancy Murdoch||Lynn Cameron||Dundee|
|2002||Jackie Lockhart||Sheila Swan||Katriona Fairweather||Anne Laird||Aberdeen|
|2003||Edith Loudon||Karen Addison||Lynn Cameron||Katie Loudon||Perth|
|2004||Jackie Lockhart||Sheila Swan||Katriona Fairweather||Anne Laird||Aberdeen|
|2005||Kelly Wood||Lorna Vevers||Sheila Swan||Lindsay Wood||Stirling|
|2006||Kelly Wood||Lorna Vevers||Kim Brewster||Lindsay Wood||Stirling|
|2007||Kelly Wood||Jackie Lockhart||Lorna Vevers||Lindsay Wood||Stirling|
|2008||Gail Munro||Lyndsay Wilson||Karen Addison||Anne Laird||Stranraer|
|2009||Eve Muirhead||Karen Addison||Rachel Simms||Anne Laird||Perth|
|2010||Eve Muirhead||Jackie Lockhart||Kelly Wood||Lorna Vevers||Perth|
|2011||Anna Sloan||Claire Hamilton||Vicki Adams||Rhiann Macleod||Lockerbie|
|2012||Eve Muirhead||Anna Sloan||Vicki Adams||Claire Hamilton||Perth|
|2013||Eve Muirhead||Anna Sloan||Vicki Adams||Claire Hamilton||Perth|
|2014||Kerry Barr||Rachael Simms||Rhiann Macleod||Barbara McPake||Murrayfield|
|2015||Eve Muirhead||Anna Sloan||Vicki Adams||Sarah Reid||Perth|
|2016||Eve Muirhead||Anna Sloan||Vicki Adams||Sarah Reid||Perth|
|2017||Eve Muirhead||Anna Sloan||Vicki Adams||Lauren Gray||Perth|
|2018||Hannah Fleming||Jennifer Dodds||Alice Spence||Vicky Wright||Lockerbie|
|2019||Sophie Jackson||Naomi Brown||Mili Smith||Sophie Sinclair||Dumfries|
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.
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the annual Canadian women's curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada, formerly called the Canadian Curling Association. The winner goes on to represent Canada at the women's world curling championships. Since 1985, the winner also gets to return to the following year's tournament as "Team Canada". It is formally known as the "Canadian Women's Curling Championship".
The United States Women's Curling Championship is the annual women's national curling championship for the United States. It acts as a qualifier for the World Women's Curling Championships.
Colleen P. Jones is a Canadian curler and television personality. She is best known as the skip of two women's world championship teams and six Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's championships, including an unprecedented four titles in a row and a record 138 wins as a skip. She also serves as a reporter and weather presenter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and as a curling commentator for NBC in the United States, particularly during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Lockhart is a Scottish curler who has competed prolifically in major international competitions for Scotland, and for the Great Britain team that competes at the Olympic Winter Games. She was part of the BBC's Winter Olympics commentary team for the Curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Olympics.
Rhona Howie, MBE, better known under her married name, Rhona Martin, is a British curler most famous for skipping the British women's team at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where the team claimed the gold medal. She has also skipped for the Scotland curling team at both the World and European Championships.
Warwick B. Smith is a Scottish curler from Bridge of Earn, Perth and Kinross.
Kelly Schafer is a Scottish curler who has represented her home country and Great Britain on an International and Olympic level. She currently lives in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, but is not yet a Canadian citizen.
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 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 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.
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.
Lesley Kaitlyn Lawes is a Canadian curler. Lawes plays third for the Jennifer Jones team that represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics where they won the gold medal. They were the first women's team to go through the Olympics undefeated and the first Manitoba based curling team to win at the Olympics. Lawes curled with John Morris in the mixed doubles event at the 2018 Winter Olympics where they won gold. This win made her and Morris the first Canadian curlers to win two Olympic gold medals, and Lawes was the first to win gold in two consecutive Olympics.
Kristie Moore is a Canadian curler from Sexsmith, Alberta. She was the alternate player on the Canadian women's team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She was five months pregnant at the time, making her only the third Olympic athlete to be pregnant during Olympic competition. The first was Swedish figure skater Magda Julin back in 1920, and the second was German skeleton racer Diane Sartor in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Thomas Brewster, Jr. is a Scottish curler from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is currently the coach of the Sophie Jackson women's team.
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.
Kerry Barr is a Scottish curler from Murrayfield. She is a former World Junior champion.
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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