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by Jeff Timson ( )

Regina, May 7, 2002

The teams for the inaugural Continental Cup, to be contested November 7-10, 2002 at the Agridome, were announced today by the Canadian Curling Association and World Curling Federation.

The $200,000 Continental Cup, a unique curling competition, will match three men's and three women's teams from North America against six teams from 'the world' in a Ryder Cup-like format.  The four-day event features Mixed Doubles, Singles, Team and Skins competitions.   TSN will devote 32 hours of live coverage to the Continental Cup.

The line-up brings together one of the finest curling fields ever assembled.   Team World will be represented by 2002 Olympic gold medallist skips Pål Trulsen of Norway and Scotland's Rhona Martin, along with Sweden's record four-time (1992, 1995, 1998, 1999) world champion Elisabet Gustafson and two-time (1997, 2001) world champion Peter Lindholm.  Completing the world roster are teams skipped by 1999 world champion Hammy McMillan of Scotland and Luzia Ebnöther of Switzerland, runner-up at both the 2000 worlds and 2002 Winter Olympics.

North America will be represented by Canada's Colleen Jones, the 2001 world champion from Nova Scotia and record four-time winner of the Scott Tournament of Hearts; British Columbia's Kelley Law, the 2000 world champion and bronze medallist at the 2002 Winter Olympics; Alberta's Randy Ferbey, a record-tying four-time Brier winner who recently captured the Ford Worlds in Bismarck, North Dakota and Kevin Martin, a two-time Brier winner and silver medallist at the 2002 Winter Olympics. 

Martin and Law qualified for the Continental Cup by winning the Canadian Curling Trials last December in Regina.  Jones and Ferbey qualified by winning their respective national championships this year.

Completing the North American line-up are two teams from Wisconsin, representing the United States, skipped by Patti Lank, the 1999 worlds runner-up and Paul Pustovar, recent fourth place finisher in Bismarck.

The team captains were also confirmed today.   The North America captain will be Rick Folk of Kelowna, British Columbia, a two-time (1980, 1994) world champion, while Norway's Kristian Soerum, winner of the 1979 worlds, will captain Team World.

The prize money will offer $125,000 to the winning side and $75,000 to the losing side, with a total points system determining the overall champion.  The Canadian Curling Association will pay all expenses for the four Canadian teams, the United States Curling Association will cover the two teams from the United States, while the World Curling Federation is responsible for the six 'World' teams.

The tentative competition schedule features Mixed Doubles and Team events on Thursday and Friday, Singles on Saturday and Skins events on Saturday and Sunday.  A points system will be used to determine each event's winner.   The side with the highest point total at the conclusion of the competition will be declared the champion.

Mixed Doubles will feature six end games.  Team World and Team North America will each select six doubles teams for this event, with a team consisting of two throwers (man and woman) and two sweepers (man and woman).

The Team competition will be regular games of curling contested under World Curling Federation rules, except that the games will only be eight ends.  There will be six men's and six women's team games played over two days.

The Singles (six players from each side) segment will be similar in format and structure to the popular Ford Hot Shots, which is currently conducted at both the Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier.   Six players from each side will be asked to execute six shots:  Hit and Stay, Draw the Button, Draw the Port, The Raise, Hit and Roll and Double Takeout, with points awarded for the success of each shot.

The Skins competition will be eight end games, with points awarded for a 'skin' (scoring at least two points with the hammer) or a steal (scoring one or more points without the hammer).  Carry-overs occur when an end is blanked or if only a single point is scored by the team with the hammer.

The Continental Cup will also offer the participating teams an opportunity to purchase, for their own sponsors, 'cresting positions' on each arm of the event uniforms, provided they are not in conflict with any of the Cup's major sponsors.

The host committee is currently offering two types of event ticket packages, a Gold package for $120 and a Silver package for $100.   Interested purchasers should contact the Regina Agridome Box Office at 781-9300 or toll-free at 1-888-734-3975.   The event's website is

For further information:

Warren Hansen
Manager of Event Operations and Media
Canadian Curling Association

(work) 604-266-1106
(cell) 604-329-9850


Day Time Competition
Thursday Nov 7 10:00 AM - 12.00 noon Mixed doubles
  02:00 PM - 05.00 PM Team (Women)
  06:30 PM - 09.30 PM Team (Men)
Friday Nov 8 10:00 AM - 12.00 noon Mixed doubles
  02:00 PM - 05.00 PM Team (Women)
  06:30 PM - 09.30 PM Team (Men)
Saturday Nov 9 10.00 AM - 12.00 noon Singles (Women and Men)
  01.30 PM - 04.30 PM Women's Skins ( A & B games)
  06.00 PM - 09.00 PM Men's Skins (A & B games)
Sunday Nov 10 10.00 AM - 01.00 PM Women's Skins (C game)
  03.00 PM - 06.00 PM Men's Skins (C Game)

All times Central.  Eastern time: + 1 hour


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