The 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship earned Olympic qualifying points for the competing nations.
Based on cumulative points earned for their finishes at Basel and in next season's World Men’s Championship in Victoria, BC, the top seven countries will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, plus the host nation, Russia.
The points gained in 2012 are as follows:
Canada 14, Scotland* 12, Sweden 10, Norway 9, New Zealand 8, China 7, Denmark 6, USA 5, Switzerland 4, France 3, Germany 2, Czech Republic 1.
*Great Britain’s qualification points are gained by Scotland at World Championships.
As I noted before (see here) an additional two nations will have the chance to play in Sochi at a new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event to be held in December 2013. All nations having competed at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Championships will be eligible to compete in this event if they have not already secured their spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Here is the Scottish team with coach and alternate on the evening they were honoured at Basel. L-R: Ron Brewster, David Edwards, Michael Goodfellow, Scott Andrews, Greg Drummond and Tom Brewster. Photo © Leslie Ingram-Brown.