Karuizawa International Curling Championship

The Karuizawa International Curling Championship is a curling bonspiel held annually since the Olympic Games in Nagano at the SCAP Karuizawa Arena in Kariuzawa, Japan. The bonspiel is held to commemorate the curling event at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first official curling event in the Olympic programme since the 1924 Winter Olympics. It is also held to help promote curling throughout Japan.[1] The event became a World Curling Tour event in 2014.

Format

Current format

A total of 24 teams (12 men's and 12 women's teams) are invited each year to participate in the championship. The teams play a two-pool round robin tournament with games of eight ends, and the top six teams of each gender play eight-end games in the final round.[1]

Previous format

Prior to 2013, a total of 16 teams (8 men's and 8 women's teams) were invited each year to participate in the championship. Five teams of each gender were chosen from foreign nations based on performances at the most recent World Curling Championships, while three teams were chosen from within Japan. The teams were chosen as follows:

Men's Women's
5 Foreign Teams
 Japan National Team
 Japan Selection Team
 Nagano Selection Team

*Selection teams recommended by Japan Curling Association

The eight teams of each gender played a round robin tournament with games of eight ends, and the top four teams of each gender played ten-end games in the final round.

Champions (1999-2009)

Year Men's winner Women's winner
1999 Bob Turcotte Cathy Borst
2000 Makoto Tsuruga Sherry Fraser
2001 Markku Uusipaavalniemi Nancy Smith
2002 Greg Monkman Margaretha Lindahl
2003 Paul Pustovar Manuela Kormann
2004 Brian Gessner Cheryl Bernard
2005 Pat Simmons Moe Meguro
2006 Ryan Fry Crystal Rumberg
2007 Craig Disher Jo-Ann Rizzo
2008 Joel Jordison Yukako Tsuchiya
2009 Bob Ursel Manuela Kormann

Past Champions (since 2010)

Year Winning team Runner up team
2010[2] Canada (Chris Busby) Japan (Yusuke Morozumi)
 Canada (Hollie Nicol) Sweden (Stina Viktorsson)
2011 Japan (Yusuke Morozumi) United States (Tyler George)
 Canada (Jennifer Jones) Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa)
2012 Japan Selection (Yusuke Morozumi) Canada (Colin Thomas)
 Canada (Laura Crocker)  Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)
2013 Kim Chang-min Yusuke Morozumi
Binia Feltscher-Beeli Ayumi Ogasawara
2014 Kevin Koe Seong Se-hyeon
Jennifer Jones Kim Eun-jung
2015 David Murdoch Pat Simmons
Ayumi Ogasawara Satsuki Fujisawa
2016 Tom Brewster David Murdoch
Gim Un-chi Margaretha Sigfridsson
2017 Yusuke Morozumi Kim Chang-min
Satsuki Fujisawa Chiaki Matsumura
2018 Reid Carruthers Yuta Matsumura
Anna Sidorova Sayaka Yoshimura

References

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