Curling at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
Curling at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics was contested at the Kristins Hall in Lillehammer, Norway from 12 to 21 February. The mixed team event took place from 12 to 17 February, while the mixed doubles tournament took place from 19 to 21 February.
at the II Winter Youth Olympic Games
|Venue||Kristins Hall, Lillehammer|
|Competitors||64 from 16 nations|
The Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympics curling competition was Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark.
|Totals (3 nations)||2||2||2||6|
Format of play
Mixed team curling
The mixed team curling teams consisted of two boys and two girls from the same NOC/country.
The sixteen qualified teams competed in two divisions of round robin play. The top four teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinals, where the teams played a single knockout tournament to determine the winner.
Mixed NOC doubles curling
The mixed NOC doubles curling teams consisted of one boy and one girl from different NOCs. The mixed doubles competition took place after the mixed team competition; the same athletes competing in the mixed event competed in the mixed doubles event. The mixed doubles teams was selected by the organizing committee based on the final rankings from the mixed team competition. The resulting 32 teams played a single knockout round to determine the winner.
The qualification of NOCs to the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics was determined using qualification points. The qualification points are allotted based on the nations' final rankings at international junior curling championships, which include the regional championships (the European Junior Curling Challenge and the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships) and the World Junior Curling Championships. Nations that qualify from the regional championships to the world championships only receive points from their final ranking at the world championships. The results from the 2013–14 and 2014–15 curling seasons are considered for qualification to the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. The points are distributed as follows:
Qualified teams in bold
|Region||Countries||Points for qualification|
|Host Nation||Not required|
- ^ The North American and South American teams are qualified automatically by virtue of their affiliation with the World Curling Federation, since the number of qualification spots equals the number of nations affiliated with the WCF.
- ^ The Asian teams are qualified as no more than three nations affiliated in the region chose to participate.
- "Stjerne named role model for Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games". World Curling Federation. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
- "Youth Olympic Games qualification update". World Curling Federation. 8 March 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.