22 March 2002
Olympic Gold Medallists Headline Bismarck Ford Worlds
An information Release from the Bismarck Ford Worlds Committee
A pair of Olympic Gold Medallists headline the list of teams competing in the Ford World Men¹s Curling Championship which begins April 6 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Norway's Paal Trulsen, Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games will attempt to add the Ford World Championship to his list of accomplishments for this season. Standing in the way will be Switzerland's Patrick Huerlimann, the Olympic Gold Medallist from the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
While Trulsen and Huerlimann both have Olympic Gold Medals, each is seeking his first World Championship. Trulsen has competed at four previous Worlds while Heurlimann has been to the Worlds five times.
Among the main challengers for the World title will be a pair of skips who have no Olympic experience but who have World Championship experience - Paul Pustovar of the United States and Randy Ferbey of Canada.
Both Trulsen and Huerlimann won their Olympic Gold medals with championship victories over Canada so Ferbey will be seeking to avenge those losses. He represented Canada at the 2001 Ford World Championship competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. Now a four time Canadian champion, Ferbey won the World Championship in 1989 in Milwaukee.
Minnesotan Paul Pustovar, curling out of the Madison Curling Club, Madison, Wisconsin, also represented the United States at the World Championship in 1998 and 1991.
In addition to Norway¹s Gold Medallist, three other skips who will be in Bismarck for the Ford Worlds also competed in the Salt Lake Olympics. These include Denmark¹s Ulrik Schmidt, Finland¹s Markku Ussipaavalniemi, and Scotland's Warwick Smith. All of these skips also have World Championship experience. Smith, who has competed in three Worlds, won the World Championship in 1999 and the silver medal in 1996. Uusipaavalniemi, a six time competitor won the World Bronze Medal in 2000. Schmidt has competed in two previous World Championships and is looking for his first medal.
Sweden's Per Carlsen represented his nation at the Ford Worlds in 1999. A pair of skips will be making their first appearances at the World level, when they step on the ice for their first games in the Bismarck Ford Worlds. Austria's Alois Kreidl will skip his country¹s first World Championship entry since 1984 in Duluth. Japan¹s Hiroaki Kashiwagi will skip that country's entry in only their second world championship appearance. The Japanese men first appeared at the Ford Worlds in 2000 in Scotland.
The opening draw in the Ford Worlds Men¹s competition takes place at Noon on Saturday, April 6 at the Bismarck Civic Center. The round-robin competition ends Thursday morning with semifinals on Saturday, April 13 and the medal games on Sunday, April 14. Information about the Bismarck Ford Worlds is available on the Host
Committee website - www.wcc2002.org. Tickets are available through TicketMaster at 701-222-2121. Hotel information is available by calling 1-800-767-3555. Miscellaneous questions in regard to the event and related activities may be referred to 1-866-275-CURL(2875).
Media may contact: Jon Mielke - Host Committee Chair (701-328-4082)
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