Favorites Sweden and Canada will be led by Olympic winners Niklas Edin (2022) and Brad Gushue (2006) from 2-10 April in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What You Want to Know?
When Does The Men’s Worlds Curling Start
The 2022 World Men’s Curling Championship, the final major international team event of the year, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from April 2-10. This marks the exciting finish to the Olympic curling season.
Since the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 ended less than two months ago, there won’t be many athletes that competed in both competitions on the same team. Instead, the focus will be on the two Olympic champion teams, led by Niklas Edin (2022) and Brad Gushue (1998). (2006).
There will be a single round-robin phase in which all 13 teams play each other, followed by a playoff round, and those two teams are a part of it.
In March, World Curling confirmed that the Russian Curling Federation team would not be participating in the Championship. The Netherlands will take their place.
Who to keep an eye on, potential drama at the Orleans Arena, and how to see all the action at the World Curling Championships are all revealed here.
Edin and Gushue, two Olympic gold medalists, head a significantly smaller field.
Only three teams (Sweden’s “Edin”), Canada’s “Gushue,” and Italy’s “Jol Retornaz” returned from Beijing 2022.
Gushue Faced the Most Formidable Obstacles on His Way to Sin City.
His emotionally depleted squad, fresh off their bronze medal performance in Beijing, entered the Canadian national men’s championships (the Brier) as an unseeded wildcard team. Despite finishing the competition with only three players after losing third Mark Nichols to Covid, they went on an unexpected run and won their fourth national title, earning selection as Team Canada for the second time this season.
Edin, a five-time world champion and the triple reigning champion, has good memories of the Orleans Arena, having won the third of his world crowns here in 2018. Given that Gushue and Edin hold the number one and four rinks in the world, respectively, they are undeniably favourites.
After his teammate Amos Mosaner won mixed doubles gold with Stefania Constantini at the Olympics, Retornaz had a disappointing Olympic campaign with Italy and is currently the third-highest ranked skip in the competition at number 14.
In London, separate teams from Beijing are using the colours of Denmark, Norway, Scotland (who participate for Great Britain at the Olympics), Switzerland, and the United States.
The 2014 World Junior Champion, Yannick Schwaller, defeated Peter De Cruz in the final of the Swiss nationals, which also served as the selectio competition.
Due to schedule conflicts, Bruce Mouat, skip of the Scottish team who won silver in Beijing, will not be able to compete in the Scottish national championships. His place will be taken by Kyle Waddell and his rink.
And the experienced John Shuster, the 2018 Olympic champion, will not be wearing the Stars and Stripes in favour of the third-ranked American rink, Korey Dropkin, for the second time in eight years (2018 Worlds).