Mixed doubles curling will be part of the programme at the FISU World University Games Winter to be held in Torino, Italy from 13 to 23 January 2025.
Torino 2025 will be the tenth Winter University Games where curling is featured, the first one being in 2003 in Tarvisio, Italy. In the past nine editions, men’s and women’s teams competed for medals.
In 2025, eight teams will play for the inaugural FISU Games mixed doubles curling medals. Following the tradition, ten women’s and ten men’s teams will compete for medals in the four-player disciplines.
What they said:
Scott Arnold, World Curling Federation Head of Development and FISU Technical Committee Chair for curling: “I am thrilled that the Torino 2025 will be the first FISU World University Games to have mixed doubles curling as an official competition event. And how fitting after Italy won a gold medal in mixed doubles at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022! This addition will allow 16 more student athletes to experience a multi-sport event while representing their university and country on a world stage. And it demonstrates how the discipline of mixed doubles is growing globally,.
FISU Games Winter Director Milan Augustin: “FISU is very proud of having mixed doubles in curling in Torino, the city where university sports have its roots. With this additional sport discipline, we can give a good opportunity to more curlers enjoying the FISU Winter Games within high international standards competition, that is our goal to achieve within all other sports as well. Moreover, we see a huge evolution of curling that becomes very popular among all student athletes around the world. FISU, after having a good relationship with the World Curling Federation, is trying to promote curling worldwide as much we can. We do hope that the eight-team tournament in mixed doubles will be just the beginning of the future evolution.”
Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, President of the Winter University Games Torino 2025: “Today, the Torino 2025 FISU Games are enriched by another precious gem. I am really happy that in the city where this event was born with the name of Universiade in 1959, thanks to the then president of Cus Torino, Primo Nebiolo, we can celebrate another splendid first time. In particular, the mixed doubles curling is a discipline that has a special place in the hearts of us Italians, thanks to the historic gold won in February 2022 at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. I am sure that the Italian Ice Sports Federation and its president, Andrea Gios will honor our event by presenting their best student-athletes in the Torino 2025 FISU Games. We are delighted to welcome new competitors from all over the world”.