Denmark set to host LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019

  • Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont © WCF / Céline Stucki

The next stop on the international curling calendar will be in Denmark when the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 gets underway on Saturday (16 March) in the Silkeborg Sportscenter in the town of Silkeborg – “the outdoor capital of Denmark”.

This will be the 40th World Women’s Curling Championship to be staged and altogether 13 of the top women’s teams will be representing their national Member Associations at this event.

The Member Associations qualified through a variety of routes for this championship. Denmark are the hosts. A further six European teams qualified from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. They are Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Latvia and Scotland.

Korea and Japan qualified from the Pacific-Asia event in Gangneung, South Korea in November. Defending champion nation Canada and United States are the Americas representatives.

Lastly, China and Finland were the first teams to reach this championship through the newly introduced World Qualification Event, which had its debut in Naseby, New Zealand, in January.

  • For hosts, Denmark, skip Madeleine Dupont and her sister Denise (who plays third) will both be making their 11th world championship appearances.
  • Canada skip Chelsea Carey played in the 2016 championship and finished fourth.
  • For China, skip Rui Wang has played four times previously, although this will be her first experience as skip.
  • Finland skip Oona Kauste will be making her third appearance.
  • Germany skip Daniela Jentsch is making a sixth appearance, with her first time being in 2000.
  • The Japan team, skipped by Ikue Kitazawa, are newcomers.
  • This will be a first world championship appearance for Minji Kim’s Korea team, although they have already played in this season’s Curling World Cup and World Junior championships, as well as the Winter Universiade Games.
  • Latvia skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune will be making her third appearance.
  • Russia’s Alina Kovaleva has been alternate twice, but this is her first appearance as skip.
  • Scotland, skipped by Sophie Jackson, are newcomers.
  • Sweden, skipped by Anna Hasselborg are reigning Olympic champions and world runners-up last season.
  • Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni plays third stones on what will be her fourth appearance, while fourth player Alina Paetz skipped when she won gold in 2015.
  • United Sates skip Jamie Sinclair finished fourth in 2018, her only previous appearance at this level.

    For more about how these teams earned their place in Silkeborg,

    13 teams, six-team play-off

    Starting on Saturday 16 March, the teams will play in 20 sessions of round-robin games. After that, the top six teams will qualify for the play-offs. The teams ranked first and second qualify directly for the semi-final games, while the third-ranked team will play the sixth-ranked team (3v6) in one qualification game and the fourth-ranked team and fifth-ranked team (4v5) will face each other in the other.

    In the semi-finals, the first-ranked team will play the lowest-ranked qualifier (1v4) and the second-ranked team will play the other qualification game winner (2v3). Qualification games and semi-finals will take place on Saturday 23 March.

    On Sunday 24 March, semi-final winners will then play for the world title and gold and silver medals, with the losers playing for bronze medals.

    Watch, follow, engage

    Live coverage of these championships will be available via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners: Eurosport (Europe-wide), TSN and RDS (Canada), NBCSports (United States), NHK/BS1 (Japan), CCTV5 (China), SBS (Korea), SRF/RTS/RSI (Switzerland), Viasat (Denmark, Norway and Finland), Polsat (Poland), SVT 1 & 2 (Sweden), Match TV (Russia), La Chaine Equipe (France), Sportacentrs (Latvia), BBC Online (United Kingdom). Coverage will also be available, subject to geo-blocking restrictions, on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube Channels:

    TV schedule, (Times are Central European Time, +1 hours from Greenwich Mean Time).

    This year at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019, new title sponsor LGT is giving curling fans the opportunity to vote for the top curling shot of the week. LGT will select five outstanding shots from the round-robin stage at the championship. Voting will open on Monday (25 March) until Sunday (31 March). Then, the winning shot will be announced on Monday (1 April). Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #TopShotsLGT when sharing on social.

    To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media in the build up to the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (@WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WWCC2019 #curling

    China picture, © WCF / Clare Toia-Bailey
    LGT Germany picture, © WCF / Céline Stucki