Developing Mixed Doubles ahead of Olympic debut

  • Hungary's two-time World champions Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa Photo: © WCF / Hamish Irvine

This December the World Curling Federation is running its annual Mixed Doubles Curling Camp in Budapest, Hungary.

In 18 months’ time, the abbreviated version of the game – that is played with just one male and one female athlete, as opposed to traditional curling played with teams of four – will make its debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, in Korea (9-25 February 2018).

The inclusion of Mixed Doubles in the Olympic programme will see curling played everyday of the 17-day showcase, with three medals up for grabs – Mixed Doubles, Men’s teams and Women’s teams. This will give the sport unprecedented television coverage across the globe.

The Mixed Doubles Curling Camp is being run to help develop international teams in this new discipline by addressing different aspects of the game, such as sweeping, release, communication, team dynamics and strategy.

The ambitions of the WCF’s Member Associations can be seen in the number of teams competing at the top level of the game. At the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden a record 42 teams competed, with many nations making their World Curling Championship debuts.

This version of the game is also becoming synonymous with smaller curling nations achieving success. Hungary for instance have been world champions twice, while Spain won its first ever curling medal – taking bronze in 2014 at the Worlds in Dumfries, Scotland. In the nine-year history of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 13 different Member Associations have made it onto the podium.

In 2018, eight teams will compete for medals at the Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

The camp runs from 1-4 December 2016 and applications are being taken NOW until Friday 4 November. For more information on the camp and to sign-up visit,

The World Curling Federation facilitates the growth and development of curling worldwide. It works closely with and mentors established, new and prospective Member Associations and employs a team of Competitions and Development Officers (CDOs) to run quality programmes, camps, courses and produce resources to aid the growth of the sport.

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