Swiss Curling Association

The Swiss Curling Association (SwissCurling) was established in 1942 and became a member of the World Curling Federation in 1966.

Today SwissCurling counts over 160 clubs and around 8,000 registered curlers who curl in 44 dedicated curling facilities and 20 open-air rinks as well as ice rink across Switzerland.

Switzerland was the first country to win a gold medal (Skip: Patrick Hürlimann) when curling returned to the Winter Olympic programme in Nagano, Japan in 1998. Mirjam Ott skip of the Swiss women’s team at the World Championship here in lethbridge has two Olympic silvers.

The World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 will be held in Basel, Switzerland and is the first World Championship to be held in Switzerland since the Men’s in Lausanne in 2001 (won by Sweden/ Peja Lindholm).

SwissCurling is currently undergoing a re-structuring programme - a new coaching system has been put in place (National Coach Andreas Schwaller and National Trainer Al Moore).

Switzerland is putting in place a new CTRS-like qualification system for team selection for the next Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

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