- What: 2023 World Women’s Curling Championship
- Date: March 18 – 26, 2023,
- Location: Goransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden
Sweden has hosted the World Women’s Curling Championships before. The country welcomed the competition in 1985, 1990 and 2004, but 2023 will be the first time the tournament will be held in the 10,000-capacity Goransson Arena in Sandviken. The event will also be the first time a curling competition will be held inside the arena, which opened its doors in 2019.
The 2022 World Women’s Curling Championship took place in March. The event was held in British Columbia, Canada. Thirteen teams participated in the round-robin. From that pool, the top six teams moved on to the playoffs. Switzerland took home the 2022 title with a win over South Korea.
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2023 World Women’s Curling Championship picks
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Switzerland has become the dominant force in women’s curling. Since 2012, the Swiss team has won gold seven times. The team is currently on a run of three straight world championships, winning in 2019, 2021 and 2022. There was no 2020 tournament due to the pandemic.
The woman who skippered those three championship teams, Silvana Tirinzoni, is going to be back in the mix in 2023. She and Alina Patz, who was also on the three gold medal teams as well as the squads that won gold in 2012 and 2015, will headline a team that adds Carole Howald and Briar Hurlimann.
With the experience the Swiss team has at the top, they will be hard to beat, but the team will be without long-time members Esther Neuenschwander and Melanie Barbezat who had both been with Switzerland since 2010 in Neuenschwander’s case and 2019 for Barbezat.
The South Korean team set the bar incredibly high last year when they finished in the runner-up spot. That second place finish by the team skippered by Kim Eun-jung, was their best finish ever.
The team, which was nicknamed the “Garlic Girls” because of their hometown’s garlic production also captured silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
I expect the South Korean team to be very motivated heading into the 2023 World Championships after how close they came in 2022.
Outside of Switzerland, Canada is the only other team to win a Women’s World Curling Championship title since 2014. Canada went back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, but since then, the team has only finished in the top four once and that came last year when they won the bronze at home in Prince George.
Kerri Einarson skippered that team. She has been in that position with the Canadian squad since 2012. All of last year’s Canadian team are back in the mix for 2023. That team has been together since 2019 and their best finish was last year’s Bronze.
With the way Switzerland has dominated over the past few years, they are hard to pick against, but they did have a roster change and that could be a reason to consider South Korea or Canada. However, I still think the experience of the skipper will help Switzerland to another world championship title.
Pick: Switzerland to win the 2023 World Women’s Curling Championship
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