Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held in the town of Pinerolo, Italy from February 13 to February 24. It proved to be the sleeper hit in terms of television ratings in Italy. According to a CBC feature, curling at the 2006 Winter Games drew 5 million viewers, eclipsing ice hockey and figure skating. This, and the success of the Italian men's curling team created a surge of interest in curling within Italy, where there was no previous tradition of the sport and only a few hundred players.

Curling
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
VenuePinerolo Palaghiaccio
Dates13–24 February
Competitors100 from 13 nations
Men's curling
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
 Canada
 Finland
 United States
Women's curling
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
 Sweden
 Switzerland
 Canada

Summary

A few days before the 2006 Winter Games began, the IOC confirmed that the curling competition at the 1924 Winter Olympics was an official event, and not a demonstration event as many authoritative sources had previously claimed. However the IOC itself had never done so. This official confirmation was the culmination of an investigative campaign begun by the Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald , on behalf of the families of the eight Scots who won the first curling Olympic Gold medal in Chamonix, France in 1924. The winning team was selected by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Perth, the mother club of curling.

Defending champion skips Rhona Martin of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and Pål Trulsen of Norway returned to defend their gold medals. Joining Martin on the women's side were 2005 World champion Anette Norberg of Sweden, 2002 World Junior champion Cassandra Johnson of the United States of America, two-time world champion Dordi Nordby of Norway, 1996 European champion Mirjam Ott of Switzerland, 2004 Canadian Mixed champion Shannon Kleibrink of Canada, 2005 European Junior Challenge champion Ludmila Privivkova of Russia, three time Pacific Curling champion Ayumi Onodera of Japan, 1994 European champion Dorthe Holm of Denmark, and for the host country, 2003 World Junior bronze medalist Diana Gaspari from Italy.

Joining Trulsen on the men's side was 2001 World Junior Champion Brad Gushue of Canada with the help of two-time World champion Russ Howard calling the shots, former World Junior champion and European champion David Murdoch of Great Britain, two-time European champion Andy Kapp of Germany, 2000 European champion and 2005 European mixed champion Markku Uusipaavalniemi of Finland, 1993 World Championship bronze medalist Pete Fenson of the United States of America, 1997 World Junior champion Ralph Stöckli of Switzerland, three-time Pacific Curling champion Sean Becker of New Zealand, three-time World Champion Peja Lindholm of Sweden, and the host Italian team skipped by Joel Retornaz.

Fixtures and results
Women's: Teams - Standings - Schedule - Percentages - Final standings
Draw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Semi-finals - Bronze medal game - Gold medal game
Men's: Teams - Standings - Schedule - Percentages - Final standings
Draw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Semi-finals - Bronze medal game - Gold medal game
Olympic qualifying
External links

Women's

Women's tournament

MedalTeam
GoldAnette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, Anna Svärd, and Ulrika Bergman
 Sweden
SilverMirjam Ott, Binia Beeli, Valeria Spälty, Michèle Moser, and Manuela Kormann
 Switzerland
BronzeShannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker, Christine Keshen, and Sandra Jenkins
 Canada

Teams

Nation Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Club
 CanadaShannon KleibrinkAmy NixonGlenys BakkerChristine KeshenSandra JenkinsCalgary Winter Club, Calgary
 DenmarkDorthe HolmDenise DupontLene NielsenMalene KrauseMaria PoulsenHvidovre CC, Hvidovre
 Great BritainRhona MartinJackie LockhartKelly WoodLynn CameronDeborah KnoxGreenacres CC, Howwood
 ItalyDiana GaspariGiulia LacedelliRosa PompaninVioletta CaldartEleonara AlveraNew Wave CC, Cortina d'Ampezzo
 JapanAyumi OnoderaYumie HayashiMari MotohashiMoe MeguroSakurako TeradaAomori CC, Aomori
 NorwayDordi NordbyMarianne HaslumMarianne RørvikCamilla HolthCharlotte HovringSnarøen CC, Bærum
 RussiaLudmila PrivivkovaNkeiruka EzekhOlga JarkovaEkaterina GalkinaYana NekrasovaСombined team
 SwedenAnette NorbergEva LundCathrine LindahlAnna SvärdUlrika BergmanHärnösands CK Härnösand
 SwitzerlandMirjam OttBinia BeeliValeria SpältyMichèle MoserManuela KormannFlims CC, Flims
 United StatesCassandra JohnsonJamie JohnsonJessica SchultzMaureen BruntCourtney GeorgeBemidji CC, Bemidji

Standings

Nation Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot
pct.
 SwedenAnette Norberg7261544136141179%
 SwitzerlandMirjam Ott7274443732111075%
 CanadaShannon Kleibrink6368513932161075%
 NorwayDordi Nordby637354453251673%
 Great BritainRhona Martin545554313517676%
 RussiaLudmila Privivkova5457604136141177%
 JapanAyumi Onodera4553593635161172%
 United StatesCassandra Johnson275866343811973%
 DenmarkDorthe Holm274769274212372%
 ItalyDiana Gaspari18447933439466%

Schedule

Draw 1 - Monday, February 13, 1400

Note: hammers denote the team that had the last stone in the first end.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 2 1 1 11
 United States (Johnson) 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 5
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 0 4 0 2 0 3 2 X X 11
 Italy (Gaspari) 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X X 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
 Denmark (Holm) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2

Draw 2 - Tuesday, February 14, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Russia (Privivkova) 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 7
 Japan (Onodera) 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 4 10
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Johnson) 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 X X 5
 Canada (Kleibrink) 5 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 X X 11

Draw 3 - Tuesday, February 14, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 7
 Denmark (Holm) 1 0 1 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 United States (Johnson) 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
 Japan (Onodera) 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 6
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X X X 2
 Switzerland (Ott) 2 0 1 1 1 0 4 X X X 9

Draw 4 - Wednesday, February 15, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 8
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Gaspari) 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Japan (Onodera) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 X 4
 Norway (Nordby) 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 2 X 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Denmark (Holm) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
 United States (Johnson) 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 8

Draw 5 - Thursday, February 16, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Japan (Onodera) 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
 Denmark (Holm) 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 1 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
 Great Britain (Martin) 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 8
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4

Draw 6 - Thursday, February 16, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 5
 United States (Johnson) 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Denmark (Holm) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 X X X 2
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 3 0 0 1 3 3 X X X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 2 0 10
 Norway (Nordby) 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 8

Draw 7 - Friday, February 17, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 United States (Johnson) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 7
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 2 9
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 X 3
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 X 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 7
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 9

Draw 8 - Saturday, February 18, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 9
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4
 Switzerland (Ott) 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 X X 10
 Denmark (Holm) 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 X X 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Japan (Onodera) 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2

Draw 9 - Saturday, February 18, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Japan (Onodera) 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 7
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 4
 Norway (Nordby) 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 X 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 0 0 0 3 0 X X X X 3
 United States (Johnson) 0 2 3 2 0 4 X X X X 11

Draw 10 - Sunday, February 19, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 9
 United States (Johnson) 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Gaspari) 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 X 4
 Canada (Kleibrink) 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 X 11
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Martin) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 X 5
 Japan (Onodera) 0 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 3 X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Russia (Privivkova) 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 9
 Denmark (Holm) 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 7

Draw 11 - Monday, February 20, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
 Russia (Privivkova) 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Denmark (Holm) 0 0 1 0 0 0 X X X X 1
 Norway (Nordby) 3 1 0 1 1 2 X X X X 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Gaspari) 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
 Japan (Onodera) 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 6

Draw 12 - Monday, February 20, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Denmark (Holm) 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 8
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 4 X X 11
 Japan (Onodera) 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 X X 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 8
 Russia (Privivkova) 2 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 1 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Johnson) 0 1 0 3 0 0 X X X X 4
 Great Britain (Martin) 2 0 4 0 3 1 X X X X 10

Semi-finals - Wednesday, February 22, 1400

1 vs. 4
In a close game, Sweden's Anette Norberg (1) edged out Norway's Dordi Nordby (4). The turning point of the game came in the eighth end when Sweden scored the only steal of the game. From this point on the Swedish team was ahead. Anette Norberg curled 85% while Dordi Nordby struggled, which was the difference in the game.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 5
 Norway (Nordby) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4
Player percentages
 Sweden  Norway
Anna Svärd86%Camilla Holth71%
Cathrine Lindahl79%Marianne Rørvik86%
Eva Lund93%Marianne Haslum79%
Anette Norberg86%Dordi Nordby68%
Total86%Total76%

2 vs. 3
In the other semi-final, Canada's Shannon Kleibrink team (3) faced off against Mirjam Ott of Switzerland (2). After Ott scored 3 in the third end getting a split off a rock in front of the house, Kleibrink was unable to mount a comeback. The Swiss team managed to keep in the lead for the rest of the game. Mirjam Ott curling 88% in the game ensured victory for the Swiss team, while Shannon Kleibrink struggled at 66%.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7
 Canada (Kleibrink) 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 5
Player percentages
 Switzerland  Canada
Michèle Moser74%Christine Keshen84%
Valeria Spälty70%Glenys Bakker61%
Binia Beeli70%Amy Nixon65%
Mirjam Ott88%Shannon Kleibrink66%
Total75%Total69%

Bronze medal game - Thursday, February 23, 1300

Canada scored four in the first end after Dordi Nordby, the Norwegian skip flopped her rock over on a heavy freeze attempt and was removed by Shannon Kleibrink, the Canadian skip on her last rock. With three other Canadian rocks in the house, Canada scored four. Canada never looked back, scoring four more points in the fifth end en route to an 11-5 thrashing of Norway.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Nordby) 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 X X 5
 Canada (Kleibrink) 4 1 0 0 4 0 2 0 X X 11
Player percentages
 Canada  Norway
Christine Keshen83%Camilla Holth92%
Glenys Bakker73%Marianne Rørvik70%
Amy Nixon80%Marianne Haslum72%
Shannon Kleibrink66%Dordi Nordby56%
Total75%Total73%

Gold medal game - Thursday, February 23, 1730

Sweden held the lead for much of the game, but saw the Swiss team start to claw back late in the game. In the 8th end, a decision by Swedish skip Anette Norberg to hit an unthreatening rock out of the house on her last rock instead of a guard was followed by a great raise of a Swiss rock on to a small corner of the button by Swiss skip Mirjam Ott. This brought the Swiss within one point of a tie. They continued to claw back, and after ten ends the game was tied, so they had to go to another. In the 11th end, the Swiss played a good end, leaving Anette Norberg a difficult double take-out on her last rock to win the gold medal. Norberg was successful, leaving her stone in the house to win the game, and the gold medal, 7–6.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 6
Player percentages
 Sweden  Switzerland
Anna Svärd61%Michèle Moser83%
Cathrine Lindahl82%Valeria Spälty66%
Eva Lund69%Binia Beeli80%
Anette Norberg83%Mirjam Ott85%
Total74%Total78%

Round robin final player percentages

Minimum 6 games. Five best players from each position

LeadNation%
Christine Keshen Canada81
Lynn Cameron Great Britain79
Malene Krause Denmark79
Ekaterina Galkina Russia78
Anna Svärd Sweden78
SecondNation%
Nkeirouka Ezekh Russia79
Valeria Spälty Switzerland79
Cathrine Lindahl Sweden78
Mari Motohashi Japan73
Lene Nielsen Denmark72
Marianne Rørvik Norway72
Kelly Wood Great Britain72
ThirdNation%
Eva Lund Sweden80
Marianne Haslum Norway78
Binia Beeli Switzerland77
Yumie Hayashi Japan77
Olga Jarkova Russia75
SkipNation%
Anette Norberg Sweden79
Shannon Kleibrink Canada76
Rhona Martin Great Britain75
Mirjam Ott Switzerland75
Dordi Nordby Norway72

Final standings

Rank Country Skip W L
Sweden Anette Norberg92
Switzerland Mirjam Ott83
Canada Shannon Kleibrink74
4 Norway Dordi Nordby65
5 Great Britain Rhona Martin54
5 Russia Ludmila Privivkova54
7 Japan Ayumi Onodera45
8 United States Cassandra Johnson27
9 Denmark Dorthe Holm27
10 Italy Diana Gaspari18

Men's

Men's tournament

MedalTeam
GoldBrad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab, and Mike Adam
 Canada
SilverMarkku Uusipaavalniemi, Wille Mäkelä, Kalle Kiiskinen, Teemu Salo, and Jani Sullanmaa
 Finland
BronzePete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joseph Polo, John Shuster, and Scott Baird
 United States

Teams

Nation Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Club
 Canada×Brad GushueMark NicholsRuss Howard*Jamie KorabMike AdamSt. John's CC, St. John's
 FinlandMarkku UusipaavalniemiWille MäkeläKalle KiiskinenTeemu SaloJani SullanmaaOulunkylä Curling, Helsinki
 GermanyAndy KappUli KappOliver AxnickHolger HöhneAndreas KempfCC Füssen, Füssen
 Great BritainDavid MurdochEwan MacDonaldWarwick SmithEuan ByersCraig WilsonLockerbie CC, Lockerbie
 ItalyJoel RetornazFabio AlveraGian Paolo ZandegiacomoAntonio MenardiMarco MarianiCC Dolomiti, Cortina d'Ampezzo
 New ZealandSean BeckerHans FrauenlobDan MustapicLorne De PapeWarren DobsonRanfurly CC, Ranfurly
 NorwayPål TrulsenLars VågbergFlemming DavangerBent Ånund RamsfjellTorger NergårdStabekk CC, Oslo
 SwedenPeja LindholmTomas NordinMagnus SwartlingPeter NarupAnders KrauppÖstersunds CK, Östersund
 SwitzerlandRalph StöckliClaudio PesciaPascal SieberMarco BattilanaSimon StrübinSt Galler Bär CC, Zürich
 United StatesPete FensonShawn RojeskiJoseph PoloJohn ShusterScott BairdBemidji CC, Bemidji
* Calls the game as a skip normally would
× The Olympics have recorded the skip as Russ Howard, however the team internally considers that Brad Gushue is skip. It is a team formed by Brad Gushue.[1]

Standings

Locale Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot
pct.
 FinlandMarkku Uusipaavalniemi725340323123978%
 CanadaBrad Gushue636646473192380%
 United StatesPete Fenson6366473633161380%
 Great BritainDavid Murdoch6359493631171281%
 NorwayPål Trulsen545747333217978%
 SwitzerlandRalph Stöckli5456453134181076%
 ItalyJoël Retornaz454766373810770%
 GermanyAndy Kapp3653553434171277%
 SwedenPeja Lindholm364568314012478%
 New ZealandSean Becker093776284112669%

Schedule

Draw 1 - Monday, February 13, 0900

Note: in the following, the hammers denote the team that has the last stone in the first end.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Retornaz) 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Trulsen) 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 X X 5
 United States (Fenson) 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 5 X X 11
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 X 7

Draw 2 - Monday, February 13, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Germany (Kapp) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 5
 Canada (Gushue) 0 2 0 3 1 1 1 0 2 X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
 United States (Fenson) 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 2 X 10
 New Zealand (Becker) 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 X 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 5
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 7

Draw 3 - Tuesday, February 14, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 X 7
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 7
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Germany (Kapp) 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 8
 Italy (Retornaz) 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 1 1 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Fenson) 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 3 X X 10
 New Zealand (Becker) 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X X 4

Draw 4 - Wednesday, February 15, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Lindholm) 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 X X 4
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 4 0 0 2 0 2 1 X X 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 2 X 9
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 5

Draw 5 - Wednesday, February 15, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Fenson) 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 5
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 6
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Germany (Kapp) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 5
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2

Draw 6 - Thursday, February 16, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 7
 Germany (Kapp) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 9
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Fenson) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 2 10
 Sweden (Lindholm) 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 5
 Canada (Gushue) 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6

Draw 7 - Friday, February 17, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X X X 3
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 2 0 4 0 1 4 X X X 11
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 X X 4
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 X X 11
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 8
 Germany (Kapp) 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 5

Draw 8 - Friday, February 17, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X X X 2
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 2 2 0 3 0 0 1 X X X 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Fenson) 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 7
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 8
 Canada (Gushue) 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 5
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 6

Draw 9 - Saturday, February 18, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Germany (Kapp) 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 X 5
 United States (Fenson) 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 6
 Italy (Retornaz) 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 7
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3

Draw 10 - Sunday, February 19, 0900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 1 9
 New Zealand (Becker) 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 6
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Germany (Kapp) 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 1 7
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 7
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 8
 United States (Fenson) 2 0 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 9

Draw 11 - Sunday, February 19, 1900

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 2
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X X X 1
 Canada (Gushue) 1 1 0 1 0 3 3 X X X 9
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Lindholm) 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 1 X 8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Trulsen) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 5
 Germany (Kapp) 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

Draw 12 - Monday, February 20, 1400

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 4 0 1 0 3 2 X X X X 10
 Italy (Retornaz) 0 1 0 1 0 0 X X X X 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 New Zealand (Becker) 0 1 0 0 0 0 X X X X 1
 Germany (Kapp) 2 0 3 2 2 1 X X X X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 6
 United States (Fenson) 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3

Semi-finals - Wednesday, February 22, 1900

1 vs. 4

In a close game, where both teams played extremely well, the game came down to the last rock of the tenth end. Finland (1) had the hammer, and skip Markku Uusipaavalniemi had to put a rock right on the button to win the game. It was either that or a difficult hit and roll off a British (4) rock in the four-foot frozen to a Finnish rock. British skip David Murdoch had an excellent raise hit and roll to make the freeze on his last rock, but it was no match for Markku's drawgiving Finland the win.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Player percentages
 Finland  Great Britain
Teemu Salo84%Euan Byers89%
Kalle Kiiskinen94%Warwick Smith89%
Wille Mäkelä78%Ewan MacDonald89%
Markku Uusipaavalniemi88%David Murdoch80%
Total86%Total87%

2 vs. 3

In the other semi-final, Canada (2) outplayed the Americans (3) for most of the game propelling them to victory. The Americans kept it close for most of the game, always within a few points until the ninth end. With Canada having the hammer, USA skip Pete Fenson had a difficult draw to beat out four Canadian stones and get buried but half of the rock was left out in the open. Canada's skip Brad Gushue peeled off Fenson's rock on his last, giving Gushue five points, at which point the American team conceded.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Gushue) 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 5 X 11
 United States (Fenson) 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 5
Player percentages
 Canada  United States
Jamie Korab71%John Shuster79%
Russ Howard82%Joseph Polo79%
Mark Nichols94%Shawn Rojeski63%
Brad Gushue83%Pete Fenson79%
Total82%Total75%

Bronze medal game - Friday, February 24, 1300

US skip Pete Fenson got the victory after hitting a British stone in the open on his last shot of the game, giving him the only point he needed in the 8-6 victory. The momentum for the Americans began in the third end however, when the Americans scored a three-ender. David Murdoch, the British skip tried to draw to the button on top of two American stones, but was a few inches short, leaving the rock in the open. It was easily tapped out by Fenson giving the Americans three points, and they never trailed after that point, going on to win the country's first Olympic curling medal. The game was interrupted by a streaker wearing a rubber chicken, prompting one of the British players to joke, "Are you Scottish?"

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 United States (Fenson) 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 8
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 6
Player percentages
 Great Britain  United States
Euan Byers94%John Shuster75%
Warwick Smith85%Joseph Polo95%
Ewan MacDonald88%Shawn Rojeski94%
David Murdoch79%Pete Fenson83%
Total86%Total87%

Gold medal game - Friday, February 24, 1730

After Finland skip Markku Uusipaavalniemi missed an opportunity with the hammer in the 1st end, scoring only two points instead of three (0-2), Canada dominated and scored two points with the hammer in the 2nd end (2-2) before stealing the next two ends with a point in each (4-2). Finland finally won a point with the hammer in the 5th end to reduce the deficit (4-3), but numerous Finnish mistakes led to Canada's scoring six points in the 6th end (10-3), which effectively won the match and secured the gold medal. Brad Gushue of Canada actually had the chance to score an unusual seventh point with the hammer, but his draw shot had too much weight and together with some furious sweeping at the house by the Finland skip, it passed through the house. As it is, six is very unusual as well, and Gushue blamed the miss on nerves.

However, Gushue's miss was of little consequence due to Canada's lead. By this time, Finland wanted to concede, but had to carry on until the 8th end before being allowed to do so. They finished 10-4 with no points in the 7th end and one point in the 8th end. It was Canada's first gold medal in men's curling after winning silver at Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002. School children in Newfoundland and Labrador, where four of the five Canadians are from, had the afternoon off from school to watch the game. Those four Newfoundlanders were the first to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics. Mark Nichols, Canada's third, played phenomenally with a 97% shooting percentage. His raise-triple take-out in the sixth end was a major factor in Canada's scoring the six-point rarity.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 X X 4
 Canada (Gushue) 0 2 1 1 0 6 0 0 X X 10
Player percentages
 Canada  Finland
Jamie Korab88%Teemu Salo86%
Russ Howard75%Kalle Kiiskinen80%
Mark Nichols97%Wille Mäkelä53%
Brad Gushue72%Markku Uusipaavalniemi57%
Total83%Total69%

Round robin final player percentages

Minimum 6 games. Five best players from each position

LeadNation%
Euan Byers Great Britain84
Holger Höhne Germany83
Jamie Korab Canada83
Bent Ånund Ramsfjell Norway83
Peter Narup Sweden82
SecondNation%
Warwick Smith Great Britain85
Magnus Swartling Sweden81
Joe Polo United States80
Russ Howard Canada79
Oliver Axnick Germany76
Flemming Davanger Norway76
ThirdNation%
Shawn Rojeski United States83
Uli Kapp Germany80
Ewan MacDonald Great Britain78
Wille Mäkelä Finland78
Mark Nichols Canada77
SkipNation%
Markku Uusipaavalniemi Finland81
Brad Gushue Canada77
Ralph Stöckli Switzerland77
Pål Trulsen Norway77
David Murdoch Great Britain76

Final standings

Rank Country Skip W L
Canada Brad Gushue83
Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi83
United States Pete Fenson74
4 Great Britain David Murdoch65
5 Norway Pål Trulsen54
5 Switzerland Ralph Stöckli54
7 Italy Joël Retornaz45
8 Germany Andy Kapp36
9 Sweden Peja Lindholm36
10 New Zealand Sean Becker09

Olympic qualifying

Canada

The Canadian Olympic trials took place December 3–11, 2005 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Women

Team W L
Kelly Scott72
Shannon Kleibrink63
Stefanie Lawton63
Sherry Middaugh63
Sherry Anderson54
Jennifer Jones54
Jan Betker45
Colleen Jones36
Jo-Ann Rizzo27
Marie-France Larouche18

Tie-Breaker

  • Lawton 9-4 Middaugh

Playoffs

  • Semi-Final: Kleibrink 5-4 Lawton
  • Final: Kleibrink 8-7 Scott

Men

Team W L
Brad Gushue81
Jeff Stoughton72
John Morris63
Glenn Howard54
Pat Ryan54
Kevin Martin45
Randy Ferbey45
Shawn Adams36
Mark Dacey36
Jay Peachey09

Playoffs

  • Semi-Final: Stoughton 8-6 Morris
  • Final: Gushue 8-7 Stoughton

Germany

The German Olympic trials were held on three weekends as part of a triple round-robin with no playoffs. The first weekend was played in Schwenningen on February 20–22 The second in Hamburg on March 3–6 and the third weekend was played in Baden-Hills on March 11–13. Only the men's teams qualified for the Olympics.

Final standings

Team W L
Andy Kapp82
Andy Lang65
Christopher Bartsch55
Sebastian Stock46
Christian Baumann38

Switzerland

The Swiss Olympic trials were held March 3–6, 2005 in Bern.

Women

Team W L
Mirjam Ott30
Luzia Ebnöther21
Silvana Tirinzoni12
Nicole Strausak03

Playoffs

  • 1 vs. 2: (best of 3) Ott 9-3 Ebnöther; Ebnöther 4-5 Ott
  • 3 vs. 4: (best of 3) Trinzoni 5-11 Strausak; Strausak 2-8 Trinzoni; Trinzoni 8-9 Strausak
  • Semi-final: (best of 3) Ebnöther 3-7 Strausak; Strausak 4-8 Ebnöther; Ebnöther 10-5 Strausak
  • Final: (best of 3) Ott 7-4 Ebnöther; Ebnöther 9-3 Ott; Ott 8-7 Ebnöther (EE)

Men

Team W L
Ralph Stöckli40
Andreas Schwaller13
Bernhard Wethermann13

Playoffs

  • Final: (best of 5) Stöckli 6-8 Schwaller; Schwaller 5-3 Stöckli; Stöckli 7-5 Schwaller; Schwaller 3-8 Stöckli; Stöckli 6-4 Schwaller

United States

The U.S. Olympic trials were held February 19–26, 2005 in McFarland, Wisconsin. They double as the qualifying tournament to the 2005 Ford World Men's Curling Championship and the 2005 Ford World Women's Curling Championship.
Results:

Women

Team W L
Cassandra Johnson90
Debbie McCormick81
Patti Lank72
Aileen Sormunen54
Amy Wright54
Norma O'Leary45
Caitlin Maroldo36
Lori Karst27
Nancy Richard18
Katie Schmitt18

Tie-breaker

  • Sormunen 13-10 Wright

Playoffs

  • 3 vs. 4: Lank (3) 9-4 Sormunen (4)
  • 1 vs. 2: McCormick (2) 8-6 Johnson (1)
  • Semi-final: Johnson 8-7 Lank
  • Final: Johnson 5-4 McCormick

Men

Team W L
Pete Fenson72
Craig Brown63
Scott Baird63
Brady Clark63
Rich Ruohonen54
Craig Disher54
Greg Eigner36
Jason Larway36
Ben Tucker36
Wes Johnson18

Tie-breaker

  • Brown 9-2 Clark
  • Brown 11-8 Baird

Playoffs

  • 3 vs. 4: Clark (4) 5-4 Baird (3)
  • 1 vs. 2: Fenson (1) 9-3 Brown (2)
  • Semi-final: Brown 7-6 Clark
  • Final: Fenson 7-3 Brown

Japan

The Japanese Olympic trials were held November 23, 2005 in Tokoro, Hokkaidō. Two teams, from Nagano (skipped by Yukako Tsuchiya) and Aomori (skipped by Ayumi Onodera) were eligible, with Aomori having the championship team. Therefore, Nagano had to win two games against Aomori to win, while Aomori needed to win either of the games.

Women

Playoffs

  • Game 1: Onodera 5-2 Tsuchiya
  • Game 2: Not needed

Other nations

The teams for most of the other nations were selected by a committee, usually by the governing body of the sport in that nation. The countries qualified based on a point system based on World Championship results. Note that these tables show the results of the Scotland team: the Olympics is the only event where Scotland is temporarily re-labelled as "Great Britain". The same point system of 12 points for the winner was used in 2005 World Championships even though the event was expanded to 12 teams from 10.

Men's

Nation 2003 2004 2005 Total
 Canada1281232.0
 Norway87722.0
 Scotland4.561020.5
 Sweden612220.0
 Germany1.510819.5
  Switzerland104.5418.5
 Finland7-5.512.5
 United States325.510.5
 New Zealand-4.537.5
 Italy (host)--00.0
 Denmark4.5206.5
 France-2-2.0
 South Korea1.5--1.5
 Australia--11.0

Women's

Nation 2003 2004 2005 Total
 United States1271029.0
 Canada1012729.0
 Sweden851225.5
 Norway710825.0
  Switzerland683.517.5
 Scotland36514.0
 Russia3-69.0
 Japan341.58.5
 Denmark32.51.57.0
 Italy (host)32.505.5
 China--3.53.5
 Finland-101.0

References

  1. Campigotto, Jesse (2006-02-13). "Gushue takes Howard's steady hand". CBC. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
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