TEAMS AND CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED FOR CURLING'S INAUGURAL CONTINENTAL CUP
by Jeff Timson ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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.
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 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
CONTINENTAL CUP TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
All times Central. Eastern time: + 1 hour
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