WHEN WILL THE 2023 CCURLING WORLD CUP be played?
It runs from March 18 to March 26.
WHERE WILL THE 2023 CURLING WORLD CUP BE DECIDED?
The World Championships will be held in Sandviken. This is the fourth time that Sweden has arranged a Women's World Cup. Previous venues are Jönköping 1985, Västerås 1990 and Gävle 2004. Sweden has not won a medal when the World Championships were decided earlier on home soil.
WHO COMPETES FOR SWEDEN?
Team Hasselborg is Sweden's team in this year's World Cup. They won an even and hard World Cup qualifier against team Wranå. The World Cup team consists of Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs and Johanna Heldin. The coach is Kristian Lindström. Team Hasselborg's track record includes one Olympic gold, one Olympic bronze, two World Championship silvers, two European Championship golds and three European Championship silver medals.
HOW HAS IT GONE IN PREVIOUS WORLD CUPS?
Canada has the most World Cup titles, 17, followed by Switzerland with nine and Sweden, which has eight World Cup golds. The most recent came in 2011. Team Hasselborg has both Olympic gold and European Championship gold, but lacks another World Cup triumph. The team has two World Cup silvers at best – from 2018 and 2019.
Switzerland has won the last three years' World Cup.
WHAT DOES EXPERT EVA LUND THINK?
"I believe in a medal for Sweden, which denomination will be decided by small margins and daily form.
On the fact that team Hasselborg now consists of regular players compared to the European Championship in December:
"It's very important, in curling you have established roles and the interaction between the team parts is extremely important.
About Sweden's main opponents
– Switzerland are strong, they have won the last three World Cups, 2019, 2021, 2022.
About championships at home that Sweden does not seem to like. No medal at Sweden's previous World Championships on home soil.
– Pressure and expectations can of course affect even experienced teams, but I would like to remind you of double European Championship gold in Helsingborg in 2019, so there are good exceptions as we have had championships in Sweden, says SVT's expert Eva Lund.
HOW SVT BROADCASTS
Tuesday 21 March
Germany-Sweden (09.00) Knowledge Channel/Play Sweden-Japan (19.00) SVT2/SVT24/Play
Wednesday 22 March
Norway-Sweden (09.00) Kunskapskanalen/Play USA-Sweden (19.00) SVT2/SVT24/Play
Thursday 23 March
Sweden-Scotland (09.00) Knowledge Channel/Play South Korea-Sweden (19.00) SVT2SVT24/Play
Friday 24 March
Sweden-Italy (14.00) SVT1/Play Sweden-Denmark (19.00) SVT Play
Saturday, March 25
Quarterfinals (10.00) SVT1/Play Semifinals (16.00) SVT1/SVT2/Play
Sunday, March 26
Bronze medal match (10.00) SVT1/Play World Cup final (15.00) SVT1/Play
Commentators: Niklas Nord and Eva Lund, expert