Canada will be looking to bring home gold for the first time in five years when they hit the ice this weekend for the 2022 World Men’s Curling Championship as slender 2.08 favourites on the international curling futures at Sports Interaction. The Canadian side will be led by Brad Gushue, who gets set to make his third career appearance at the Worlds, and the last man to lead Canada to the top of the podium at this event. Fresh off a gold medal performance at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Sweden closely trails Canada on the curling futures as a 2.57 wager to win a fourth straight world title, while Norway rounds out the top of the odds board as a lengthy 9.00 bet.
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Can Gushue Maintain Momentum?
Brad Gushue will have a mountain to climb in his bid to halt Canada’s current drought at the World Championship. The 41-year-old skip from St. John’s, Newfoundland needed a wild card to compete at last month’s Tim Hortons Brier, and made the most of the opportunity.
Brad Gushue’s team has unfinished business in Sin City 🥌 https://t.co/lBricYrEXY
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) March 31, 2022
Gushue and his crew romped to an unblemished 8-0 record in round robin action, and turned in a pair of heart-stopping performances in the playoffs, eking out a come-from-behind victory over Saskatchewan before defeating Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the final.
Team Gushue ‘wins one for Mark’ in epic Brier ending #Brier2022
— TSN Curling (@TSNCurling) March 14, 2022
In addition to punching his long-awaited ticket back to the Worlds, Gushue’s victory at the Brier also takes the sting out of his recent disappointing bronze-medal finish at the Beijing Olympics. But while Gushue is clearly on a roll, will he be able to dethrone the reigning champions from Sweden.
Sweden Still the Team to Beat
Sweden has emerged as a global power in curling during their current run of dominance at both the Worlds and the Olympics. Niklas Edin led the Swedish team to the top of the podium and now travels to Las Vegas, gunning for a sixth career world title.
If Google translate is right, then 🐐 @niklasedin says there’s a “very good chance” at historic #WMCC2022 gold (it’ll be his 6th if @TeamNiklasEdin win again in Vegas during my bday trip) & another run at the Olympics *fangirl squee* #curling 🥌💙💛🇸🇪https://t.co/qumBYWjYqS
— Micha Ella (@ciaomichaella) March 24, 2022
Team Edin has also racked up steady results during the 2021-2022 season, advancing at least as far the semi-finals in three tournament appearances and also rolling to a silver medal win at the 2021 European Curling Championship. A Swedish contingent led by Edin also defeated Canada in Gushue’s last trip to the Worlds in 2018. And in addition to steamrolling Gushue in the round-robin in Beijing, Edin’s squad also bounced Canada from the semifinals at the 2022 Winter Olympics,
A steady march to gold at the Beijing Olympics leaves team Sweden well-positioned to challenge for a fourth straight World Championship win
Struggling Norway Leads Best of the Rest
While Norway may enjoy a loft perch just behind the favourites on the curling futures, they have plenty of work to do to atone for their recent middling performances. Distant eighth-place finishers at this event a year ago, the Norwegians fared now better at the Beijing Olympics, stumbling to a middling 4-5 record, well out of medal contention. Further down the World Men’s Curling Championship odds, Italy leads the middle of the pack, sitting well back of Norway as a 12.00 bet. Scotland follows, joining Switzerland at 13.00, while the United States lags as 14.00.
The World Men’s Curling Championship 2022 kicks off on SATURDAY!
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— USA Curling (@usacurl) March 31, 2022
It has been a similar story for Italy, which has failed to reach the final at the Men’s World Curling Championship since first appearing at this event in 1973. The squad has nowhere to go but up after finishing ninth overall in Beijing, where they also suffered lopsided losses to both Canada and Sweden. As for the host Americans, it has been 44 years since the Star-Spangled Banner was played to honour the team atop the podium at the Worlds. And while the United States managed to eke out a berth in the medal round at the Olympics, each of their seven overall losses in Beijing came by multi-point margins.
Best Bet: Team Sweden (2.57)
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