Curling Canada / Michael Burns
With the international qualifiers now over, the draws for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Curling Games have been announced.
In each of the men’s and women’s mixed doubles tournaments, Canada will play nine round robin matches. At the end of the preliminary round, the top four ranked teams from each tournament will advance to the playoffs.
The teams ranked first and fourth will meet in one semi-final while the teams ranked second and third will meet in the other semi-final. The winners play for gold and silver, leaving the losers to fight for bronze.
Beijing 2022 Olympic competition schedule
Here’s what Canada’s schedule looks like in each tournament with some of the key games to watch. Morning draws will generally start at 9:00 a.m. in Beijing (8:00 p.m. the day before, Eastern Time) with afternoon draws at 2:00 p.m. in Beijing (1:00 a.m. ET) and evening draws at 8:00 p.m. in Beijing (7:00 a.m. HEY).
Team Canada Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Schedule
We will not know until the end of the mixed doubles trials on January 2 who will have the task of defending Canada’s Olympic gold medal in February. What we do know is that they won’t have an easy opening day.
Canada’s first action will be in the draw on February 3 (Day -1) against Great Britain, which has reigning world champions Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat. Canada will return for the draw against Norway, which will send reigning world silver medalists Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten.
On the morning of the opening ceremony day, Canada will face Switzerland, which will be represented by reigning Olympic silver medalists Jenny Perret and Martin Rios. Canada will return to the ice for the afternoon’s draw against China.
On the first official day of the Games, February 5, Canada will play in the afternoon against Swedish duo Almida de Val and Oskar Eriksson, who won bronze at the 2021 World Championships, then face the United States in the evening. .
After another morning’s rest on Day 2, Canada will face the Czech Republic in the afternoon and Australia in the evening. Canada will close the round robin on the morning of February 7 against Italy. The semi-finals will be held that night before the two medal games on February 8.
Team Canada Men’s Olympic Curling Calendar
Team Gushue (Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker, Marc Kennedy) will kick off their Olympic competition in the first draw on the evening of February 9 against Denmark – the last team to qualify for Beijing.
Canada will return to the ice the following afternoon to face Norway. On February 11, Gushue and his company will only play in the evening against Switzerland. Jumped by Peter de Cruz, the Swiss won bronze at PyeongChang 2018 as well as at the 2019 and 2021 World Championships.
February 12 will see an early afternoon showdown with Sweden. Niklas Edin blew his team to gold at the last three world championships in 2018, 2019 and 2021. In 2017, Gushue beat Edin for gold at the world championships before Edin returned the favor. in 2018.
The morning of February 13 brings another interesting clash as Canada takes on Captain John Shuster, the reigning Olympic champion of the United States. This will be followed by a match in the afternoon on February 14 against Italy. In Gushue’s first Olympic appearance in Turin 2006, his team were bowled over by captain Joel Retornaz in one of their few defeats en route to the gold medal.
Canada will play two games on February 15, taking on host China in the morning and then ROC in the evening. After a full day on February 16, they will close the round robin against Great Britain on the morning of February 17. Bruce Mouat is also the captain of the British men’s team which finished second at the 2021 World Championship and won gold at the recent European Championship.
The semi-finals will take place on the evening of February 17th. The bronze medal match will be played on the afternoon of February 18 and the gold medal match on the afternoon of February 19.
Women’s Team Canada Olympic curling calendar
Team Jones (Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jocelyn Peterman, Dawn McEwen, Lisa Weagle) will not participate until the second women’s draw on the evening of February 10 when they face the South Korean team led by Kim Eun- jung who won silver at my home in PyeongChang in 2018.
The Canadians will then face Satsuki Fujisawa and reigning Olympic bronze medalists Japan on the afternoon of February 11 before a big game against Sweden on the morning of February 12. Anna Hasselborg’s team are the reigning Olympic champions who have won back-to-back silver medals. at the world championships in 2018 and 2019.
Team Jones will be back for an afternoon game on February 13 against Switzerland. It should be another uphill battle as Alina Pätz has taken her team to four world titles, the last two of which were in 2019 and 2021.
February 14 will be a two-match day, starting in the morning against reigning world silver medalists ROC led by Alina Kovaleva and ending in the evening against Great Britain. Skip Eve Muirhead will be in her fourth Olympics and won bronze in Sochi 2014, but had to go through last-ditch qualifying to secure the spot in Beijing. This follows their victory at the 2021 European Championships.
After a rest day on February 15, Canada will have another two-game day, taking on reigning world bronze medalists USA in the morning, followed by China in the evening. They will close the round robin on the afternoon of February 17 against Denmark.
The semi-finals will be held on the evening of February 18 with the bronze medal game the following evening and the gold medal game on the morning of the closing ceremony on February 20.