Medal Favorites in Curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Curling is a sport that's gaining in popularity around the country and, in fact, American teams are often among the medal favorites in the Winter Olympics. These are the teams that stand out as medal hopefuls.
Below are the curling teams that are expected to do well in Vancouver.
The Canadian curling team is lead by Kevin Martin. They are the reigning World Champions. Martin has won 10 Grand Slam events (this is the world cup of curling). When you add in the home team advantage, they will be tough to beat.
Thomas Ulsrud is the skip of Norway’s curling team. This team consistently medals in the World Championships and the team’s performance in the 2008 Continental Cup stunned many. They have the talent to surprise the field.
The British curling team is made up of natives of Scotland. Since curling originated in Scotland, they should have a traditional edge. But that’s not the only reason why they are favored to win in Vancouver. Kevin Murdoch, the skip, has recently led his team to their second straight European Championship — proving that they have what it takes to beat most of the field.
This year’s U.S. men's curling team is fairly inexperienced, which makes them underdogs this year. The skip, John Shuster, is the most seasoned player — he was a member of the American team in Torino. They were surprise medalists then and John knows what it takes to come from behind.
These women's teams are considered the top curling teams. Expect at least one or two of them to medal at the Winter Olympics.
China’s women are the current World Champions in curling. This was their first World Championship and they are eager to prove that the victory wasn’t a fluke.
The Canadian women are always strong contenders in international competition and they will have the home team advantage. They have a long tradition of championships to pull from; however, this hasn’t been their best year.
Mirjam Ott skips the Swizz team. They recently beat the Olympic and European champion Swedish team to win the 2008 European Curling championships.
Anette Norberg of Sweden won the 2006 Olympics. Since then, they have remained in the medals in almost all of the main international events. This team is currently ranked 2nd in the world.