Curling at the Olympic Games

Curling made its debut as an Olympic Winter Sport at the first Winter Games at Chamonix in 1924. At this event Great Britain defeated Sweden and France in what was retroactively accepted in 2006 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and medals were awarded.

In 1932 at the Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games, curling again was listed but this time as a demonstration sport . Canada was a winner over the United States in a two-country competition in which each country entered four Men’s teams.

Curling was a demonstration sport for a second and third time at the Olympic Winter Games of 1988 (Calgary) and 1992 (Albertville) for teams of men and women.

On 21 July 1992, at its session in Barcelona, Spain, the International Olympic Committee granted official medal status to Men’s and Women’s Curling, to take effect no later than the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, with an option for 1998 at Nagano, Japan.

During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Eight teams for men and women participated in Nagano, this was increased to ten teams from the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games (2002) onwards.

In the Women’s competition at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, Canada defeated Denmark to capture the first ever Women’s Curling gold medal. At the Salt Lake Games in 2002, Great Britain defeated Switzerland and Sweden took home the gold medal at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, with Switzerland winning their second consecutive Olympic Silver medal. Sweden repeated their golden glory at the Vancouver 2010 Games with Canada settling for silver.

At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Switzerland’s Men’s team defeated Canada to capture the gold medal. Canada was a runner-up again at the Salt Lake Games in 2002 when the Norwegian men beat them to gain the gold. Canada finally made it to the top step of the podium at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games when they beat Finland 10-4 in the gold medal game. Canada also won gold on home-soil at the Vancouver 2010 Games beating Norway in the final.