Continental Cup: Western Fair Sports Centre hosts Olympic teams

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London will get a pretty good preview of what the 2018 Winter Olympics curling competition is going to look like in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup will be held at Western Fair Sports Centre in January.

The wild and wacky team competition has had four-of-the-six teams competing for Team World named to the bonspiel. Those teams have already been selected to represent their countries at the Olympics. The two remaining teams are still in the hunt for an Olympic berth.

Team World will need all the help it can get since Team North American has won the last five Continental Cup competitions.

Scotland’s recently retired David Murdoch and Sweden’s Fredrik Lindberg, former Olympic medal-winners as players, will captain a team that includes current world championship silver-medalists, Niklas Edin of Sweden and Anna Sidorova of Russia along with the men’s world championship bronze-medalist Peter de Cruz of Switzerland.

Those three teams will represent their countries in the Olympics. The fourth team participating is Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, who finished fourth at the 2017 World Women’s Championship.

Team World’s other two teams are Thomas Ulsrud of Norway and Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni, who have yet to qualify for the Olympics.

Team North America will have both the Canadian and U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic teams.

The Canadian Olympic men’s and women’s four-player teams will be decided at the 2017 Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings in December in Ottawa, while the U.S. will decide its Olympic teams at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in November.

Team North America will also have reigning Canadian and world championship teams skipped by Brad Gushue of St. John’s and Rachel Homan of Ottawa.

Full-event passes for the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup are now available at www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/tickets/.


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