Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Ice Palace, Pinerolo
Date Started: February 13, 2006
Date Finished: February 23, 2006
Format: Round-robin pool, followed by single-elimination medal round.
Unusually four different countries had taken the four world championships since the 2002 Winter Olympics and the tournament appeared more open than in the previous two Games. Sweden had completed the double of World and European Championships in 2005 whilst Canada, Norway and the United States all had realistic title hopes.
A disappointing United States team was the main casualty of the early stages as Sweden and Switzerland topped the round-robin stage and progressed into the final with semi-final wins over Canada and Norway respectively. The final ended in a six-all tie at the end of the scheduled ten ends and was decided only when [Anette Norberg] of Sweden took out two scoring Swiss stones with her last stone of the first extra end.
The success of the Swedish team earned them an unusual invitation â a chance to appear in a music video by the Swedish heavy metal band "Hammerfall".
The Danish team, the only representatives from that nation in Torino, were afforded extra security as a result of threats connected to the publishing of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in a Copenhagen newspaper.