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Competition Name: 2018 Men’s Curling Championship
Team Name: World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 Live
Date: March 31 – April 8, 2018
Time: @ PM ET
Summer outside, winter inside at men’s world curling championship in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS — When it comes to curling ice, the old saying is true. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.
The 8,000-seater Orleans Arena, close to the famous Las Vegas strip, will be the venue for the 13-team event and although this is the first world championship to be staged there, the Orleans Arena is no stranger to top-class international curling – having hosted curling’s Continental Cup for three seasons.
The World Curling Championship started in 1959 as the Scotch Cup. This will be the ninth time the United States has hosted a World Curling Championship, the most recent time being in 2008 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
This is the first men’s championship to take place after the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the silver medallists from Sweden, skipped by Niklas Edin, are in the field, as well as the Olympic teams from Italy – skip Joel Retornaz – and Korea – skip ChangMin Kim.
This will also be the first world championship at which the field has been extended to 13 teams and the 13 Member Associations represented at this event are: defending champions Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and hosts United States.
To make it into this field, all teams, except for hosts the United States, have had to pre-qualify. The eight European nations qualified from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017, which were held in St Gallen, Switzerland last November, while the three Asian teams competing qualified from the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, held in Erina, Australia, also staged last November. Canada came out ahead of Brazil in the Americas Challenge to take their place in the line-up.
In this year’s competition a new play-off format will be used. The top six teams will qualify for the play-off stage – rather than four which was the case previously – after the round-robin stage is completed. The teams ranked first and second qualify directly for the semi-final games, while the third-ranked team will play the sixth-ranked team (3v6) in one qualification game and the fourth-ranked team and fifth-ranked team (4v5) will face each other in the other qualification game.
In the semi-finals, the first-ranked team will play the lowest-ranked qualifier and the second-ranked team will play the other. Semi-final winners will then play for the world title and gold and silver medals, with the losers playing for bronze medals.
Following the opening ceremony on Saturday 31 March the teams battle it out in 20 sessions of round-robin play, until the evening of Friday 6 April. After this, the qualification games and semi-finals will take place on Saturday 7 April and the medal games will be on Sunday 8 March.
When the temperature hits 31 C outside the Orleans Arena during the men’s world curling championship in Las Vegas, desert heat is manageable as long as the ice plant and air conditioning are working in the building, according to the icemakers.Subscribe Now