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The Best Olympic Athletes in Curling

Updated June 14, 2019 6.5k votes 604 voters 18.9k views

List RulesVote up the best Olympic curlers.

Who's the best curling player that's ever competed in the Olympics? Decide here! The famous Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed for gold medals in curling. Almost every one of these curling players has taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. But only one curler can be crowned the best, so be sure to vote up the best curling athletes here! 

Curling has been a long standing staple of the Olympic games. The game is played on ice. Players push polished granite stones across the arena, striving to score by getting the stones to strategic locations. The game takes agility, strength, and strategy to win. Both US and international athletes have excelled in the sport over the years. 

Who are the greatest Olympic curling athletes in history? Browse this list and vote up the most talented curlers below. 

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    BirthplaceKillam, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Kevin Martin (born July 31, 1966), nicknamed "The Old Bear" and "K-Mart", is a Canadian retired curler from Edmonton, Alberta, an Olympic, world and 4-time Canadian champion and a member of the World...  more
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    60

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Jennifer Judith Jones OM (born 7 July 1974) is a Canadian curler. She was the Olympic champion in curling as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Sochi Games. Jones is the first female skip to go...  more
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    54

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Lesley Kaitlyn Lawes (born December 16, 1988) is a Canadian curler. Lawes plays third for the Jennifer Jones team that represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics where they won the gold medal....  more
  • 4
    Martin Rios (born 24 May 1981) is a Spanish-Swiss curler. He competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the mixed doubles tournament with partner Jenny Perret. He is two-time (2012, 2017) mixed doubles...  more
  • 5
    Alexander Alexandrovich Krushelnitskiy (born 20 May 1992) is a Russian curler predominantly playing as skip. He and Anastasia Bryzgalova won the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in...  more
  • 6
    Anastasia Konstantinovna Bryzgalova (born 13 December 1992) is a Russian curler predominantly playing as a vice. She and Alexander Krushelnitskiy won the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship...  more
  • 7
    Jenny Perret (born 23 December 1991) is a Swiss female curler. She is 2017 mixed doubles curling world champion. She played for Switzerland in mixed doubles tournament with partner Martin Rios in...  more
  • 8
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    BirthplaceSt. Albert, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Marc Kennedy (born February 5, 1982) is a Canadian curler, and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medallist from St. Albert, Alberta. In 2019, Kennedy was named the greatest Canadian male second in...  more
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    59

    BirthplaceBrampton, Canada

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Allison Pottinger (born July 5, 1973) is an American curler from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She currently plays third for Erika Brown, but is best known as having played for Debbie McCormick in...  more
  • 10
    60
    13

    BirthplaceSt. John's, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Bradley Raymond "Brad" Gushue, ONL (born June 16, 1980) is a Canadian curler from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador. Gushue, along with teammates Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab and Mike...  more
  • 11
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    53

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jason Smith (born September 18, 1983) is an American curler from St. Paul, Minnesota....  more
  • 12
    102
    52

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    John Morris (born December 16, 1978; nicknamed "Johnny Mo") is a Canadian curler, and two-time Olympic gold medallist. Morris played third for the Kevin Martin team until April 24, 2013. Morris,...  more
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    BirthplaceChisholm, Minnesota, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Shuster (; born November 3, 1982) is an American curler. He led team USA to gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the first American team to ever win gold in curling. He also won a bronze medal at...  more
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    34

    Ben Hebert

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceRegina, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Benjamin "Ben" Hebert (born March 16, 1983) is a Canadian curler, a Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medallist, 2008 World Champion and four time Brier Champion from Chestermere, Alberta.In 2019,...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    Håvard Vad Petersson (born 5 January 1984 in Oslo) is a Norwegian curler from Arendal who currently plays lead for Team Thomas Ulsrud.At Junior level, Petersson played lead for Team Thomas Løvold and...  more
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    46
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    BirthplaceTrondheim, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    Torger Nergård, also spelled Nergaard (born 12 December 1974 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian curler from Oslo....  more
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    BirthplaceGrande Prairie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Cheryl Bernard (born June 30, 1966) is a Canadian curler from Calgary, Alberta. She represented Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics as the team's skip, winning the silver medal in women's curling...  more
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    26

    BirthplaceChamonix, France

    NationalityFrance

    Tony Angiboust (born 10 June 1983 in Chamonix, France) is an internationally elite curler from France....  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceKarkkila, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    Markku Uusipaavalniemi (born 23 November 1966 in Karkkila) is a Finnish curler and former politician....  more
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    21

    Zhou Yan

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceHarbin, China

    NationalityChina

    Zhou Yan (Chinese: 周妍; pinyin: Zhōu Yán; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂóu jɛ̌n]; born September 30, 1982; usually referred to in the media as Yan Zhou) is a Chinese curler. She plays lead for the...  more
  • 21
    32
    17

    BirthplaceHarbin, China

    NationalityChina

    Wang Bingyu (Chinese: 王冰玉; pinyin: Wáng Bīngyù; Mandarin pronunciation: [wǎŋ píŋ ŷ]; born October 7, 1984 in Harbin, Heilongjiang; usually referred to in the media as Bingyu "Betty" Wang) is a...  more
  • 22
    35
    21

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jeff Isaacson (born July 14, 1983) is an American curler from Gilbert, Minnesota....  more
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    26
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    BirthplaceHärnösand, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Cathrine Lindahl (born 26 February 1970 in Härnösand as Cathrine Norberg) is a Swedish curler from Östersund.Lindahl played second for her sister Anette Norberg's team, until they split up in 2010....  more
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    27
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    BirthplaceThun, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Markus Eggler (born January 22, 1969 in Thun) is a retired Swiss curler from Münchenstein. Eggler was the skip of the Swiss team at the 1986, 1987 and 1989 World Junior Curling Championships. At the...  more
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    Chris Plys

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Christopher Plys (; born August 13, 1987 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American curler....  more