Sochi 2014 - Home of the 2014 Australian Olympic Winter Team
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Curling In a Nutshell

The pace and strategy of Curling have given it the nickname of “Chess on Ice”. Australians can best relate to it as “Lawn Bowls on Ice”. Curling is a team sport with great tradition where players strategise over each slide and have incredible skill. Competition is tense for the players and captivating for spectators.

Curling originated in medieval Scotland (1500s) on frozen ponds using any stones players could find. Today competitors send the large 19.96kg granite stone down a 45 metre marked sheet of ice as their teammates sweep their path. The object of sweeping is to create a thin film of moisture between the stone and the ice to act as a lubricant. This makes the stone travel faster and makes it less likely to deviate from a straight line or “curl”.

The first Curling competition at the Winter Olympic Games was held at Chamonix in 1924. After the Lake Placid Games in 1932, Curling was dropped as an Olympic sport for the next 50 years, and then re-admitted as a demonstration sport at Calgary in 1988. It returned as an official Olympic sport in Nagano in 1998.

Curling

Australian Curling History

Australia has never been represented in Curling at the Olympics. Ahead of Vancouver 2010 the Australian men’s team progressed well through the world qualifications. It looked like history would be created with our first Curling Olympians, however they fell just short. Like the granite stones that curlers glide across the ice, it is clear that Australia is inching closer towards an Olympic target. Without a team in Sochi, Pyeongchang 2018 could be the time.

Fast Facts

Curling Action
Days 3 - 14
Australians Competing
0
Total Athletes
100
Medal Events
2
Venues
Ice Cube Curling Centre
Crowd Capacity
3,000

Schedule & Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day 3, Feb 10 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 1
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 2

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 2
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 3

Day 5, Feb 12 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 4
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 5

Day 6, Feb 13 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Women's Round Robin Session 5
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 6
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 6

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 7
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 8

Day 8, Feb 15 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 8
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 9
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 9

Day 9, Feb 16 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 10
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 11

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Results
Women's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 11
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Women's Round Robin Session 12
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Round Robin Session 12

Day 11, Feb 18 2014

(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Tie-breaker Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Tie-breaker Session 1
(Local) / 9:00 AM (Sochi)
Men's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Tie-breaker Session 2
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session 1
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)
(Local) / 6:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session 2
(Local) / 6:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Tie-breaker Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session 3
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Tie-breaker Session (if needed)

Day 12, Feb 19 2014

(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Results
Women's Semifinal
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Results
Women's Semifinal
(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Semifinals
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Semifinal
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
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Men's Semifinal
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Semifinals

Day 13, Feb 20 2014

(Local) / 12:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Women's Bronze Medal Game Medal Event
(Local) / 12:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Bronze Medal Game
(Local) / 5:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Women's Gold Medal Game Medal Event
CAN CAN SWE SWE
(Local) / 5:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Gold Medal Game

Day 14, Feb 21 2014

(Local) / 12:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Bronze Medal Game Medal Event
(Local) / 12:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Bronze Medal Game
(Local) / 5:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Gold Medal Game Medal Event
CAN CAN GBR GBR
(Local) / 5:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Gold Medal Game

Selection Info

Australia will not compete in Curling at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games after not qualifying via the World Championships and they will not contest the final Olympic Qualification Event.

Events and Competition Format

Olympic Curling matches are contested between two teams with four players each, consisting of the lead, the second, the third and the skip (team captain). Their aim is to place the stone as close as possible to the centre called the ‘tee’.

One game consists of ten "ends". A team delivers eight stones - two stones per person, in a set order until all sixteen stones have been delivered.  The team with the highest total score wins.

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments in the Olympic Curling competition consist of 10 teams each competing in a round robin tournament. During the preliminary series, each team plays against all other teams. Based on the results of the round robin, the four best teams advance to the semi-finals in a 1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd format. The winners of each semi-final play in the gold medal game and the losers play in the bronze medal game.

Qualification, Nomination and Selection

The 2012 and 2013 World Championships were the key qualifying events for Sochi 2014. The top seven ranked nations for men and women based on ranking points after the conclusion of these events gained automatic entry. The eighth place went to host nation Russia and the final two spots for men and women were decided in December 2013 at an Olympic Qualification Event in Germany.

The qualified nations for Sochi 2014 are:

Men – Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Russia (host nation), USA and Germany

Women – Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada, United States, Denmark, South Korea, Russia (host nation), China and Japan

Australia will not compete in Curling at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games after not qualifying via the World Championships and they will not contest the final Olympic Qualification Event.

Read the qualification criteria in full here:

Sochi 2014 – WCF Curling Qualification System >>

Curling

Equipment

Curling stone

A Curling stone is of circular shape, having a circumference no greater than 91.44 cm, a height no less than 11.43 cm, and a weight, including handle and bolt, no greater than 19.96 kg and no less than 17.24 kg. The colour handles are the same for each team and all have individual markings.

Broom/Brush

Players can use or broom or brush to sweep in front of the stone to help the stone’s distance and direction on the ice.

Useful Links

World Curling Federation

Australian Curling Federation

Trivia

The sheet of ice for a Curling competition is 45 metres long and five metres wide

Ice Cube Curling Centre

Ice Cube Curling Centre

The Ice Cube Curling Centre is located in the Coastal Cluster among the Olympic Park's various other venues.

Canada and Team GB to fight it out for Curling gold

Canada and Team GB to fight it out for Curling gold

CURLING: Canada and Great Britain will play for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games men's curling title after victories in their semifinal games on day 10 of competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre on Wednesday.

Sweden and Canada to battle for Curling gold

Sweden and Canada to battle for Curling gold

CURLING: Sweden and Canada will play for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games women's Curling title after victories in their semifinal games on day 10 competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre on Wednesday.

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Crucial Curling win for Japan

Crucial Curling win for Japan

CURLING: The final two women’s Curling semi-final spots are still open, after Japan had an 8-5 victory against China at the Ice cube Curling Centre on Monday.

2013 in Olympic headlines & what to expect in 2014

2013 in Olympic headlines & what to expect in 2014

OLYMPIC: In years squashed between a Summer and Winter Olympics, you get a wonderful blend of inspiration. From the slopes of Austria to the Australian shores, you don't have to look far to see Australian athletes striving for excellence. Relive the #ASPIREtoSochi #ASPIREtoNanjing #RoadtoRio magic of 2013!

Toughest-ever doping tests in Sochi: IOC

Toughest-ever doping tests in Sochi: IOC

IOC: The Winter Games in the Russian city of Sochi will see the "toughest ever" anti-doping tests, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach says, despite scepticism over the host country's testing capability.

IOC President Bach praises Sochi 2014 preparations

IOC President Bach praises Sochi 2014 preparations

IOC: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today underscored his confidence that the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next February would be “excellent, unique and a perfect stage for the athletes to perform at their best.”

New app brings Olympic athletes closer together

New app brings Olympic athletes closer together

IOC: To coincide with 100 days to go until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today launched the Olympic Athletes’ Hub app, bringing the searchable directory of the social media activities of Olympic athletes to mobile devices for the first time.

Olympic torch at North Pole

Olympic torch at North Pole

TORCH RELAY: Russia has lit the Olympic flame at the North Pole for the first time as part of a spectacular relay ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, organisers said on Friday.

Sochi 2014 springing to life with 134 days to go until Opening Ceremony

Sochi 2014 springing to life with 134 days to go until Opening Ceremony

IOC: The host city of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is abuzz with activity with a little over four months to go until the start of the Games on 7 February 2014. The organisers of the Sochi 2014 Games are busy with a number of initiatives aimed at bringing the event to life while also putting the final touches on preparations, as Sochi gets set to welcome the world in impressive fashion next year.

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Get your Sochi Tickets

Get your Sochi Tickets

TICKETS: With only a few months to go, the Russian city of Sochi will host the next Olympic Winter Games to the delight of not only millions of fans around the world, but particularly Aussies who plan to be there on the sidelines.

How to Make a Gold Medal

Ever wondered how they actually make the Olympic medals? The Sochi 2014 medals are simply breathtaking. Which Aussies will end up with one?

Winter Olympic Torch to go into space

Winter Olympic Torch to go into space

SOCHI 2014: Cosmonauts in November will take the Olympic torch to the International Space Station (ISS) and on a space walk ahead of the 2014 Winter Games to be hosted in Sochi, Russia's space agency announced on Monday.

Sochi medals unveiled

Sochi medals unveiled

SOCHI 2014: The presentation of the Olympic and Paralympic medals, which will be awarded at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, took place in St. Petersburg today during the 11th "SportAccord" Annual International Sports Convention.

Spotlight on Sochi test events for penultimate IOC visit

Spotlight on Sochi test events for penultimate IOC visit

IOC: The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission, which was joined by representatives from all seven Olympic winter International Federations (IFs), paid its penultimate visit to Sochi this week, as local organisers continued to draw lessons from an array of test events ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.