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Winter Olympics

Curling Results

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

A few days before the 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 [1], 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 & Northern Ireland, 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.

Women's

Medalists

Medal Team
Gold  Sweden (Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, Anna Svärd, Ulrika Bergman)
Silver  Switzerland (Mirjam Ott, Binia Beeli, Manuela Kormann, Michèle Moser, Valeria Spälty)
Bronze  Canada (Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker, Christine Keshen, Sandra Jenkins)

Teams

Nation Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Club
 Canada Shannon Kleibrink Amy Nixon Glenys Bakker Christine Keshen Sandra Jenkins Calgary Winter Club, Calgary
 Denmark Dorthe Holm Denise Dupont Lene Nielsen Malene Krause Maria Poulsen Hvidovre CC, Hvidovre
 Great Britain Rhona Martin Jackie Lockhart Kelly Wood Lynn Cameron Deborah Knox Greenacres CC, Howwood
 Italy Diana Gaspari Giulia Lacedelli Rosa Pompanin Violetta Caldart Eleonara Alvera New Wave CC, Cortina d'Ampezzo
 Japan Ayumi Onodera Yumie Hayashi Mari Motohashi Moe Meguro Sakurako Terada Aomori CC, Aomori
 Norway Dordi Nordby Marianne Haslum Marianne Rørvik Camilla Holth Charlotte Hovring Snarøen CC, Bærum
 Russian Federation Ludmila Privivkova Nkeiruka Ezekh Olga Jarkova Ekaterina Galkina Yana Nekrasova Сombined team
 Sweden Anette Norberg Eva Lund Cathrine Lindahl Anna Svärd Ulrika Bergman Härnösands CK Härnösand
 Switzerland Mirjam Ott Binia Beeli Valeria Spälty Michèle Moser Manuela Kormann Flims CC, Flims
 United States of America Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Jessica Schultz Maureen Brunt Courtney George Bemidji CC, Bemidji

Standings

Nation Skip W L PF PA Ends
Won
Ends
Lost
Blank
Ends
Stolen
Ends
Shot
Pct.

 Sweden

Anette Norberg

7

2

61

54

41

36

14

11

79%

 Switzerland

Mirjam Ott

7

2

74

44

37

32

11

10

75%

 Canada

Shannon Kleibrink

6

3

68

51

39

32

16

10

75%

 Norway

Dordi Nordby

6

3

73

54

45

32

5

16

73%

 Great Britain

Rhona Martin

5

4

55

54

31

35

17

6

76%

 Russian Federation

Ludmila

Privivkova

5

4

57

60

41

36

14

11

77%

 Japan

Ayumi Onodera

4

5

53

59

36

35

16

11

72%

 United States

 of America

Cassandra Johnson

2

7

58

66

34

38

11

9

73%

 Denmark

Dorthe Holm

2

7

47

69

27

42

12

3

72%

 Italy

Diana Gaspari

1

8

44

79

33

43

9

4

66%

Schedule

Draw 1 - Monday, February 13, 1400

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 of America (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
 Russian Federation (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 of America (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 of America (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
 Russian Federation (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
 Russian Federation (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 of America (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
 Russian Federation (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 of America (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 of America (Johnson) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 7
 Russian Federation (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
aly (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
Russian Federation (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 Final
 Japan (Onodera) 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 7
 Sweden (Norberg) 0 0 0 2 0 2 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 of America (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 of America (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 0 4
 Canada (Kleibrink) 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 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
Russian Federation (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
Russian Federation (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
Russian Federation (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 of America (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 Svärd 86% Camilla Holth 71%
Cathrine Lindahl 79% Marianne Rørvik 86%
Eva Lund 93% Marianne Haslum 79%
Anette Norberg 86% Dordi Nordby 68%
Total 86% Total 76%

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 come back. 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 stuggled 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 Moser 74% Christine Keshen 84%
Valeria Spälty 70% Glenys Bakker 61%
Beenia Beeli 70% Amy Nixon 65%
Mirjam Ott 88% Shannon Kleibrink 66%
Total 75% Total 69%

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
 Canada (Kleibrink) 4 1 0 0 4 0 2 0 x x 11
 Norway (Nordby) 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 x x 5
Player Percentages
 Canada  Norway
Christine Keshen 83% Camilla Holth 92%
Glenys Bakker 73% Marianne Rørvik 70%
Amy Nixon 80% Marianne Haslum 72%
Shannon Kleibrink 66% Dordi Nordby 56%
Total 75% Total 73%

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 Svärd 61% Michèle Moser 83%
Cathrine Lindahl 82% Valeria Spälty 66%
Eva Lund 69% Beenia Beeli 80%
Anette Norberg 83% Mirjam Ott 85%
Total 74% Total 78%

Round Robin Final Player percentages

Minimum 6 games. Five best players from each position

Lead Nation %
Christine Keshen  Canada 81
Lynn Cameron Great Britain 79
Marlene Krause  Denmark 79
Ekaterina Galkina Russian Federation 78
Anna Svärd  Sweden 78
Second Nation %
Nkeirouka Ezekh Russian Federation 79
Valeria Spälty  Switzerland 79
Cathrine Lindahl  Sweden 78
Mari Motohashi  Japan 73
Lene Nielsen  Denmark 72
Marianne Rørvik  Norway 72
Kelly Wood Great Britain 72
Third Nation %
Eva Lund  Sweden 80
Marianne Haslum  Norway 78
Binia Beeli  Switzerland 77
Yumie Hayashi  Japan 77
Olga Jarkova Russian Federation 75
Skip Nation %
Anette Norberg  Sweden 79
Shannon Kleibrink  Canada 76
Rhona Martin Great Britain 75
Mirjam Ott  Switzerland 75
Dordi Nordby  Norway 72

Men's

Medalists

Medal Team
Gold  Canada (Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam)
Silver  Finland (Markku Uusipaavalniemi, Wille Mäkelä, Kalle Kiiskinen, Teemu Salo, Jani Sullanmaa)
Bronze  United States (Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joseph Polo, John Shuster, Scott Baird)

Teams

Nation Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Club
 Canada Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Russ Howard* Jamie Korab Mike Adam St. John's CC, St. John's
 Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi Wille Mäkelä Kalle Kiiskinen Teemu Salo Jani Sullanmaa Oulunkylä Curling, Helsinki
 Germany Andy Kapp Uli Kapp Oliver Axnick Holger Höhne Andreas Kempf CC Füssen, Füssen
Great Britain David Murdoch Ewan MacDonald Warwick Smith Euan Byers Craig Wilson Lockerbie CC, Lockerbie
 Italy Joel Retornaz Fabio Alvera Gian Paolo Zandegiacomo Antonio Menardi Marco Mariani CC Dolomiti, Cortina d'Ampezzo
 New Zealand Sean Becker Hans Frauenlob Dan Mustapic Lorne De Pape Warren Dobson Ranfurly CC, Ranfurly
 Norway Pål Trulsen Lars Vågberg Flemming Davanger Bent Ånund Ramsfjell Torger Nergård Stabekk CC, Oslo
 Sweden Peja Lindholm Tomas Nordin Magnus Swartling Peter Narup Anders Kraupp Östersunds CK, Östersund
 Switzerland Ralph Stöckli Claudio Pescia Pascal Sieber Marco Battilana Simon Strübin St Galler Bär CC, Zürich
United States of America Pete Fenson Shawn Rojeski Joseph Polo John Shuster Scott Baird Bemidji CC, Bemidji

* Calls the game as a skip normally would

Standings

Locale Skip W L PF PA Ends
Won
Ends
Lost
Blank
Ends
Stolen
Ends
Shot
Pct.
 Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi 7 2 53 40 32 31 23 9 78%
 Canada Brad Gushue 6 3 66 46 47 31 9 23 80%
United States of America Pete Fenson 6 3 66 47 36 33 16 13 80%
Great Britain David Murdoch 6 3 59 49 36 31 17 12 81%
 Norway Pål Trulsen 5 4 57 47 33 32 17 9 78%
 Switzerland Ralph Stöckli 5 4 56 45 31 34 18 10 76%
 Italy Joël Retornaz 4 5 47 66 37 38 10 7 70%
 Germany Andy Kapp 3 6 53 55 34 34 17 12 77%
 Sweden Peja Lindholm 3 6 45 68 31 40 12 4 78%
 New Zealand Sean Becker 0 9 37 76 28 41 12 6 69%

Schedule

Draw 1 - Monday, February 13, 0900

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 of America (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 of America (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 of America (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) 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7
 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 of America (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 0 6
 Switzerland (Stöckli) 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
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 of America (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 1 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 of America (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 of America (Fenson) 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 X 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 3 0 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 of America (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 of America (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 draw—giving 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 Salo 84% Euan Byers 89%
Kalle Kiiskinen 94% Warwick Smith 89%
Wille Mäkelä 78% Ewan MacDonald 89%
Markku Uusipaavalniemi 88% David Murdoch 80%
Total 86% Total 87%

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 of America (Fenson) 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 5
Player Percentages
 Canada United States of America
Jamie Korab 71% John Shuster 79%
Russ Howard 82% Joseph Polo 79%
Mark Nichols 94% Shawn Rojeski 63%
Brad Gushue 83% Pete Fenson 79%
Total 82% Total 75%

Bronze medal game - Friday, February 24, 1300

The United States of America wins their first ever medal in curling. 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. The game was interrupted by a streaker wearing a rubber chicken.[2]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
United States of America (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 of America
Euan Byers 94% John Shuster 75%
Warwick Smith 85% Joseph Polo 95%
Ewan MacDonald 88% Shawn Rojeski 94%
David Murdoch 79% Pete Fenson 83%
Total 86% Total 87%

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, which effectively won the match and secured the gold medal (10-3). Brad Gushue of Canada actually had the chance to score an unusual seventh point with the hammer, but his draw shot had too much strength 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 "Newfies" to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics. Mark Nichols, Canada's third, played phenomenally with a 97% shooting percentage. His 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
 Canada (Gushue) 0 2 1 1 0 6 0 0 x x 10
 Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 x x 4
Player Percentages
 Canada  Finland
Jamie Korab 88% Teemu Salo 86%
Russ Howard 75% Kalle Kiiskinen 80%
Mark Nichols 97% Wille Mäkelä 53%
Brad Gushue 72% Markku Uusipaavalniemi 57%
Total 83% Total 69%

Round Robin Final Player percentages

Minimum 6 games. Five best players from each position

Lead Nation %
Euan Byers Great Britain 84
Holger Höhne  Germany 83
Jamie Korab  Canada 83
Bent Ånund Ramsfjell  Norway 83
Peter Narup  Sweden 82
Second Nation %
Warwick Smith Great Britain 85
Magnus Swartling  Sweden 81
Joe Polo United States of America 80
Russ Howard  Canada 79
Oliver Axnick  Germany 76
Flemming Davanger  Norway 76
Third Nation %
Shawn Rojeski United States of America 83
Uli Kapp  Germany 80
Ewan MacDonald Great Britain 78
Wille Mäkelä  Finland 78
Mark Nichols  Canada 77
Skip Nation %
Markku Uusipaavalniemi  Finland 81
Brad Gushue  Canada 77
Ralph Stöckli  Switzerland 77
Pål Trulsen  Norway 77
David Murdoch Great Britain 76

Olympic Qualifying

Canada

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

Women

Team W L
Kelly Scott 7 2
Shannon Kleibrink 6 3
Stefanie Lawton 6 3
Sherry Middaugh 6 3
Sherry Anderson 5 4
Jennifer Jones 5 4
Jan Betker 4 5
Colleen Jones 3 6
Jo-Ann Rizzo 2 7
Marie-France Larouche 1 8

Tie-Breaker

  • Lawton 9-4 Middaugh

Playoffs

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

Men

Team W L
Brad Gushue 8 1
Jeff Stoughton 7 2
John Morris 6 3
Glenn Howard 5 4
Pat Ryan 5 4
Kevin Martin 4 5
Randy Ferbey 4 5
Shawn Adams 3 6
Mark Dacey 3 6
Jay Peachey 0 9

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 Kapp 8 2
Andy Lang 6 5
Christopher Bartsch 5 5
Sebastien Stock 4 6
Christian Baumann 3 8

Switzerland

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

Women:

Team W L
Mirjam Ott 3 0
Luzia Ebnöther 2 1
Silvana Trinzoni 1 2
Nicole Strausak 0 3

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 Strausnak; Strausnak 4-8 Ebnöther; Ebnöther 10-5 Strausnak
  • Final: (best of 3) Ott 7-4 Ebnöther; Ebnöther 9-3 Ott; Ott 8-7 Ebnöther (EE)

Men:

Team W L
Ralph Stöckli 4 0
Andreas Schwaller 1 3
Bernhard Wethermann 1 3

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 Johnson 9 0
Debbie McCormick 8 1
Patti Lank 7 2
Aileen Sormunen 5 4
Amy Wright 5 4
Norma O'Leary 4 5
Caitlin Maroldo 3 6
Lori Karst 2 7
Nancy Richard 1 8
Katie Schmitt 1 8

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 Fenson 7 2
Craig Brown 6 3
Scott Baird 6 3
Brady Clark 6 3
Rich Ruohonen 5 4
Craig Disher 5 4
Greg Eigner 3 6
Jason Larway 3 6
Ben Tucker 3 6
Wes Johnson 1 8

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, Hokkaido. Two teams, from Nagano (skipped by Yukako Tsuchiya) and Aomori (skipped by Ayumi Onodera) were elegible, 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 table show the results of the Scotland team: the Olympics is the only event where Scotland are temporarily re-labelled as "Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

Men's

Nation 2003 2004 2005 Total
 Canada 12 8 12 32.0
 Norway 8 7 7 22.0
Scotland 4.5 6 10 20.5
 Sweden 6 12 2 20.0
 Germany 1.5 10 8 19.5
 Switzerland 10 4.5 4 18.5
 Finland 7 - 5.5 12.5
United States of America 3 2 5.5 10.5
 New Zealand - 4.5 3 7.5
 Italy (host) - - 0 0.0
 Denmark 4.5 2 0 6.5
 France - 2 - 2.0
 Republic of Korea 1.5 - - 1.5
 Australia - - 1 1.0

Women's

Nation 2003 2004 2005 Total
United States of America 12 7 10 29.0
 Canada 10 12 7 29.0
 Sweden 8 5 12 25.5
 Norway 7 10 8 25.0
 Switzerland 6 8 3.5 17.5
Scotland 3 6 5 14.0
Russian Federation 3 - 6 9.0
 Japan 3 4 1.5 8.5
 Denmark 3 2.5 1.5 7.0
 Italy (host) 3 2.5 0 5.5
 China - - 3.5 3.5
 Finland - 1 0 1.0

2006 Winter Olympics medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany 11 12 6 29
2  United States 9 9 7 25
3  Austria 9 7 7 23
4  Russia 8 6 8 22
5  Canada 7 10 7 24
6  Sweden 7 2 5 14
7  Korea 6 3 2 11
8  Switzerland 5 4 5 14
9  Italy 5 0 6 11
10  France 3 2 4 9
 Netherlands 3 2 4 9
12  Estonia 3 0 0 3
13  Norway 2 8 9 19
14  China 2 4 5 11
15  Czech Republic 1 2 1 4
16  Croatia 1 2 0 3
17  Australia 1 0 1 2
18  Japan 1 0 0 1
19  Finland 0 6 3 9
20  Poland 0 1 1 2
21  Belarus 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
25  Ukraine 0 0 2 2
26  Latvia 0 0 1 1
    84 84 84 252

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