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No easy games at men's world curling

Based on historic results that show Canada has won 36 world titles, 25 more than the next-best country, Canada’s Brad Gushue, who defeated Saskatchewan’s Mike McEwen for the 2024 Brier title, should win this year’s men’s world curling championship in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Bruce Penton

March 17, 2024

Based on recent history, however, the odds-on favourite to win the event that starts this weekend would be Niklas Edin of Sweden, who has won four of the past five titles. But based on current excellence, the favourite should be Italy's Joel Retornaz, who skips the No. 1-ranked team in the world. And if recent play in the Grand Slam of Curling events should be considered, watch out for Bruce Mouat's Scottish entry. Then there's the U.S., which won the Olympic gold medal in men's curling in 2018 and will send veteran John Shuster to this year's worlds. And if home-ice advantage is at all a factor, then watch out for the Swiss entry skipped by Yannick Schwaller.

In other words, it's wide open. The oddsmakers in Vegas would be perplexed about setting gambling lines, but one thing is for sure: The curling talent gathering in Schaffhausen should guarantee a great event.

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