The World Curling Championship is a yearly curling event that gathers together the best curlers from the whole world. From 2005 and on, the women's and men's competitions will be held in the different venues. Canadian curlers have dominated both the women's and men's championships since the inception of their curling team, although the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, West Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Scotland have all been winners of at least one World Curling Championship.
The World Curling Championship debuted in 1959 and originally bore the name of the Scotch Cup; the first three Championships involved just two teams - Canada and Scotland. Between 1961 and 1967, the number of teams-participants varied, with three to eight teams taking part each year. Between 1968 and 1988, and 1995-present, three awards (gold, silver, and bronze) were awarded to the top teams. Between 1989 and 1994, the bronze medals were shared by the fourth- and third-placed teams.
Between 1989 and 2004, the Women's and Men's World Championships were held together. But from 2005 on, the World Curling Championship will be held separately for the women and men, moreover, one out of the two will be held in Canada every year.
The World Curling Championship has been known by several various names through the years.
Scotch Cup -- 1959-1967
Air Canada Silver Broom -- 1968-1985
IOC President's Cup -- 1986-1988
WCF Championships -- 1989-1990
Safeway World Curling Championship -- 1991-1992
WCF Championships -- 1993-1994
Ford World Curling Championship -- 1995-present
Men's World Curling Champions
2005 ? Canada (Team: Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Randy Ferbey, Dan Holowaychuk, Marcel Rocque.)
2004 ? Sweden (Team: Peja Lindholm, Magnus Swartling, Tomas Nordin, Anders Kraupp, Peter Narup.)
2003 ? Canada (Team: Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Randy Ferbey, Dan Holowaychuk, Marcel Rocque.)
2002 ? Canada (Team: Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Randy Ferbey, Dan Holowaychuk, Marcel Rocque.)
2001 ? Sweden (Team: Peja Lindholm, Magnus Swartling, Tomas Nordin Anders Kraupp, Peter Narup.)
2000 ? Canada (Team: Greg McAulay, Bryan Miki, Brent Pierce, Darin Fenton, Jody Sveistrup.)
1999 ? Scotland (Team: Hammy McMillan, Ewan McDonald, Warwick Smith, Gordon Muirhead, Peter Loudon)
Women's World Curling Champions
2005 ? Sweden (Team: Anette Norberg, Catherine Norberg, Eva Lund, Ulrika Bergman, Anna Bergstr?m.)
2004 ? Canada (Team: Colleen Jones, Mary Anne Arsenault, Kim Kelly, Mary Sue Radford, Nancy Delahunt.)
2003 ? The United States (Team: Debbie McCormick, Ann Swisshelm Silver, Allison Pottinger, Joni Cotten, Tracy Sachtjen.)
2002 ? Scotland (Team: Jackie Lockhart, Katriona Fairweather, Sheila Swan, Edith Loudon, Anne Laird.)
2001 ? Canada (Team: Kim Kelly, Colleen Jones, Mary-Anne Waye, Laine Peters, Nancy Delahunt.)
2000 ? Canada (Team: Kelley Law, Georgina Wheatcroft, Julie Skinner, Cheryl Noble, Diane Nelson.)
1999 ? Sweden (Team: Elisabet Gustafson, Louise Marmont, Katarina Nyberg, Margaretha Lindahl, Elisabeth Persson.)