Curling will get its moment on the international stage at the 2022 Winter Olympics, featuring three events (men’s curling, women’s curling and mixed doubles curing) in Beijing.
In the team event, four players will compete per match, with ten teams overall participating in the Olympic tournament. After initial round-robin play, the four best squads will advance to the semifinals and the medal matches.
The women’s curling event, set to begin on Feb. 9, features a highly competitive field.
Here are the five curlers to watch for in Beijing.
Anna Hasselborg will lead Team Sweden in its quest to defend the country’s 2018 curling gold medal. The 32-year-old Swede has continued to dominate the sport since PyeongChang, making history in 2018 as the first curling athlete in history to hold the European Curling Championship gold medal, the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship gold medal and the Olympic gold medal simultaneously. Hasselborg and teammates Agnes Knochenhauer, Sara McManus and Sofia Mabergs are heavy favorites to repeat gold in Beijing.
Tabitha Peterson returns for her second Winter Games, leading a team that includes sister Tara Peterson as well as Nina Roth, Becca Hamilton and alternate Aileen Geving. The American skip is looking to improve upon her eighth-place finish in PyeongChang and put United States curling on the map. Peterson has had some promising results of late, including a bronze-medal finish at the 2021 World Championships that earned the U.S. its first medal there in 15 years.
Reigning world champion Silvana Tirinzoni headlines Switzerland’s Olympic curling team, which also includes Alina Pätz, Esther Neuenschwander, Melanie Barbezat and Carole Howald. The 41-year-old looks to lead the group to a playoff spot after finishing seventh overall in PyeongChang. Tirinzoni and Switzerland are head into the competition in Beijing poised to challenge Team Sweden for a curling gold medal.
Jennifer Jones is set to compete in her second Winter Games, joined by teammates Dawn McEwen, Jocelyn Peterman, Kaitlyn Lawes and alternate Lisa Weagle. The skip will aim to clinch her second gold medal after topping the podium at the 2014 Sochi Games with an undefeated 11-0 run. At 47 years old, Jones is poised to make history in Beijing as Canada’s oldest winter Olympian ever.
Eve Muirhead will make her fourth Olympic appearance in Beijing, entering the Winter Games with a 2014 bronze medal from a commanding performance in Sochi. After narrowly missing the podium in 2018, Muirhead will hope to lead her team of Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright, Hailey Duff and alternate Mili Smith to an Olympic medal.