In Victoria, the curlers are thinking of Sochi 2014

Russia skip Andrey Drozdov watches the line of his shot as teammates Petr Dron, left, and Alexey...

Russia skip Andrey Drozdov watches the line of his shot as teammates Petr Dron, left, and Alexey Tselousov sweep during their game against Switzerland at the World Men's Curling Championships in Victoriaon Saturday. As host nation, Russia has already qualified for the 2014 Olympics. Andy Clark/Reuters

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

VICTORIA - The United States is in a tad of trouble. And Brad Jacobs is on the bubble.

That's certainly not obvious to the average eye at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship. But there's more than meets the eye here.

To a significant number of teams involved, this is all about finishing high enough in the standings to qualify their nation for the Olympics in Sochi. Some, such as the U.S.A. came here with some stress for success.

Canada is a different story. Our nation is qualified. But Canada's team? Skipped by Jacobs, he's on the bubble to qualify for the Dec. 1-8 Olympic Trials in Winnipeg.

OK. This is all juuuust a bit complicated. But ...

While Canada (14), Scotland (12), Sweden (10), Norway (9) and host Russia have effectively already punched their tickets to the Olympics, there are a lot of tight collars with the other teams, including the United States.

Three other teams will qualify for the Olympics from Victoria.


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