The World Curling Championships are the annual world championships for curling, organized by the World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams.
1959-The World Curling Championships began in 1959 as the Scotch Cup. The first three Cups were contested between men's teams from Scotland and Canada.
1961-The United States joined the Scotch Cup in 1961, and Sweden also joined the next year.Canada won the first six world titles, of which the legendary rink skipped by Ernie Richardson earned four.
1965-The United States was the first country to break Canada's streak, winning their first world title in 1965.
1967-By 1967, Norway, Switzerland, France, and Germany were added to the Scotch Cup, and Scotland won their first title, while Canada finished without a medal for the first time.
1973-In 1973, the competing field was expanded to ten teams, and Italy and Denmark were introduced to the world stage. Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway won their first titles in the following years, and Canada continued to win medals of all colours.
1979-In 1979, the first edition of the women's World Curling Championships was held. The championships were held separately from the men's championships for the first ten years. During this time, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany won world titles.
1989-Beginning in 1989, the men's and women's championships were held together. Norway won their first world women's title.
1995-In 1995, Ford Canada and the World Curling Federation reached an agreement to make Ford the sponsor of the World Curling Championships.
2002-Scotland won their first women's title in 2002, and the United States won their first women's title the next year.
2005-In 2005, the men's and women's championships were separated, and an agreement was made between the World Curling Federation and the Canadian Curling Association that one of the two world championships would be sponsored by Ford Canada and would be held in Canada each year.
2009-Canada began a streak of top two finishes in the men's tournament, and China won their first world title in the women's tournament in 2009.
2008-In 2008, a world championship for mixed doubles curling was created. Switzerland won the first world mixed doubles title, and proceeded to win four of the first five titles. Russia and Hungary won their first world curling titles in the mixed doubles championship, and New Zealand, France, Austria, and the Czech Republic won their first world curling medals.
2015-In 2015, a world championship for mixed curling was created, replacing the European Mixed Curling Championship and supplanting the European Mixed and Canadian Mixed curling championships as the highest level of mixed curling in the world.
The World Curling Championships have been known by a number of different names over the years.
Men's World Curling champions:
2012 World Men's Curling Championship:
2013 World Men's Curling Championship:
2014 World Men's Curling Championship:
Håvard Vad Petersson
2015 World Men's Curling Championship:
Women's World Curling champions:
2013 World Women's Curling Championship:
2014 World Women's Curling Championship:
2015 World Women's Curling Championship:
World Wheelchair Curling Championship: