2018 Olympic Qualification Process

2017 Trials & Pre-Trials Process

The Olympic qualification process for Canadian men’s and women’s teams to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is designed to be fair for all competing teams and ensure that representation at the Olympics consists of Canada’s best and most consistent-performing teams.

The 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials will be held at Ottawa, December 2-10, 2017. The event will host nine men and nine women’s teams, playing a full round robin, followed by a playoff system (TBD).

How the teams qualify for the 2017 Curling Trials

The nine (9) teams per gender will qualify in the following order:

Men                                                                            

  1. Winner of 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup – Team Kevin Koe
  2. Winner of 2016 Tim Hortons Brier*
  3. Winner of 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup
  4. Winner of 2017 Tim Hortons Brier*
  5. CTRS leader for 2015-17 (2 year total)
  6. CTRS leader for 2016-17 (1 year total)
  7. CTRS runner-up for 2016-17 (1 year total)
  8. Pre-Trials Qualifier
  9. Pre-Trials Qualifier

Women

  1. Winner of 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup – Team Rachel Homan
  2. Winner of 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts*
  3. Winner of 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup
  4. Winner of 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts*
  5. CTRS leader for 2015-17 (2 year total)
  6. CTRS leader for 2016-17 (1 year total)
  7. CTRS runner-up for 2016-17 (1 year total)
  8. Pre-Trials Qualifier
  9. Pre-Trials Qualifier

*teams winning the national championship must ‘medal’ at the worlds to earn the invitation.

Default scenario

On May 1, 2017, we will identify the top seven (7) teams in the order shown above. Should a team earn more than one berth, we will immediately go to the 2016-17 CTRS for a replacement team (even if that team had earned a berth farther down the list).

For instance, if Team A wins both the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup and the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, it would earn its Trials berth based on winning the Home Hardware Canada Cup. The berth that goes to the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier winner would go to the highest non-qualified team on the 2016-17 CTRS.

The only exception to this will be if we are required to identify a default team for the two-year CTRS option (#5). In that scenario, the spot would go to the next highest-ranked non-qualified team on the two-year list.

If a team that wins the Scotties Tournament of Hearts or Tim Hortons Brier does not win a medal at the world championship, the berth assigned to the event winner will go to the highest non-qualified team on that season’s CTRS. (2016 Scotties/Tim Hortons Brier is part of the 2015-16 season; 2017 Scotties/Tim Hortons Brier is part of the 2016-17 season)

Once the seven teams have been identified, they will be seeded 1-7 for the Trials based on their CTRS results for the 2016-17. The teams from the Pre-Trials will be seeded #8 and #9.


 

How the teams qualify for the 2017 Curling Pre-Trials

The twelve (12) teams per gender will qualify in the following order:

MEN & WOMEN

  1. Winners 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup (Mike McEwen, Val Sweeting)
  2. Highest ranked team on the 2014–15 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials (Brad Jacobs, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Jennifer Jones, Winnipeg)
  3. Highest ranked team on the 2015–16 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  4. Highest ranked team on the 2015–16 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  5. Highest ranked team on the 2015–16 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  6. Highest ranked team on the 2015–16 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  7. Highest ranked team on the 2016–17 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  8. Highest ranked team on the 2016–17 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  9. Highest ranked team on the 2016–17 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  10. Highest ranked team on the 2016–17 CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  11. Highest ranked team on the 2015–17 (two years) CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials
  12. Highest ranked team on the 2015–17 (two years) CTRS not already qualified for the Trials or Pre-Trials

Default scenario

On May 2, 2017, we will identify the 12 teams in the order shown above. Should a team earn more than one berth or, has already qualified for the Trials (or Pre-Trials), we will immediately go to the 2016-17 CTRS for a replacement team (even if that team had earned a berth farther down the list). The only exception to this will be if we are required to identify a default team for the two-year CTRS options (#11 & #12). In those cases, the spot(s) would go to the next highest-ranked non-qualified team(s) on the two-year list

Once the 12 teams have been identified they will be seeded 1-12 for the Pre-Trials based on their CTRS results for the 2016-17.

The 2017 Curling Pre-Trials will be held in Summerside, P.E.I., November 6-12. The format will be two six-team round robins per gender, followed by a six-team playoff (three from each pool). Pool A will comprise seeds 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 12 while Pool B will comprise seeds 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 & 11. In the playoffs, A1 will play B2 while B1 will play A2. The two winners of these semifinals will play for the first Pre-Trials berth into the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, as seed #8. The losers of the semifinals will play against A3 and B3. The winners will then meet for the right to play against the team that lost the first Trials qualifying game for the second Pre-Trials berth into the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, as seed #9.