All 2022 curling events were held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. Known familiarly as the ‘Water Cube’ and originally constructed for the aquatics events of the 2008 Olympics, it was transformed into the ‘Ice Cube’ for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
For the men’s and women’s team events, 10 teams qualified, as in 2018. Besides host China, six were based on the final standings at the 2021 World Championships for both men and women, held in Calgary Canada. The rest of the fields were filled out by qualifiers from an Olympic Qualification event held in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in December 2021. At that event, in the men’s competition, Norway, Italy, and Denmark progressed to the Olympics, while in the women’s competition, Great Britain, represented by the Scottish team skipped by Eve Muirhead, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, qualified for the Games. As for the mixed doubles competition, the field was expanded from the eight teams at PyeongChang 2018 to 10 teams, similar to the team competitions. Besides host China, seven teams qualified through their final standings at the 2021 World Championships in Calgary. They were joined by Australia and the United States, the top two teams from the Olympic Qualifying event in Leeuwarden.
In terms of total medals, Sweden came out on top, garnering a gold and two bronze. Their men’s team victory was especially sweet, as it continued skip Niklas Edin’s progression to the top of the podium from fourth place (2010), bronze (2014), silver (2018) and finally, gold at Beijing 2022. This marked the first time in Olympic history that any athlete had finished 4-2-3-1 successively the same event, individual or team. Great Britain, represented by two Scottish teams, certainly had an Olympics to remember as well, winning the women’s gold and the men’s silver. Italy won their first ever Olympic curling medal, and did it in noteworthy fashion with their mixed doubles team sweeping all before them and achieving gold with a spotless record.