23 March 2002
World Curling Champions return to Women's Ford Worlds
An information Release from the Bismarck Host Committee - 2002 Ford World
Colleen Jones of Canada, winner of the Ford World Curling Championship for Women
a year ago in Lausanne Switzerland, will return to defend her title at this
year's Ford Worlds in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Two-time World Champion Dordi Nordby of Norway, who won back to back titles in
1990 and 1991, will also be competing in Bismarck.
Jones, who has won three of the past four Canadian Championships, will be
competing in her fourth World Championship. Nordby will be playing in her 14th
Chasing the first ever Ford World Curling Championship for a United States
Women's team, Patti Lank and her team representing the Madison Curling Club,
Madison, Wisconsin are considered a strong bet for a podium finish in Bismarck.
Lank, who is originally from Midvale, Saskatchewan, Canada, previously
represented the United States at the Ford Worlds in 1999 and captured the Silver
In addition to Nordby, three other teams competing at the Ford Worlds were also
in Salt Lake City for the 2002 Olympics. Russia's Olga Jarkova, Denmark's Lene
Bidstrup, and Germany's Natalie Nessler are all competing on American soil for
the second time in a two month period. Bidstrup and Nessler both competed in
the Ford Worlds in 2001. This will be Bidstrup's fifth World Championship
appearance and Nessler's seventh.
Jarkova played third for Russia when they made their first ever appearance by a
Russian team at the Ford World Curling Championships a year ago. This year,
Korea's Mi-Yeon Kim is skipping the first ever entry from her country in a Ford
World Curling Championship.
The skips of two other teams, Scotland and Switzerland, also have world
Championship experience. Jackie Lockhart was skip of her national entry in 1992
and was a front end player at the 1998 Ford Worlds. Switzerland's Manuela
Kormann played third for her country's 1997 entry. Maria Engholm, skip of
Sweden's entry in Bismarck is making her first appearance at the Ford World
Curling Championship .
Women's play begins with a 7:30am draw on Saturday, April 6 at the Bismarck
Civic Center. The round-robin competition ends Thursday morning with semifinals
on Friday, April 12 and the Gold Medal games on Saturday, April 13.
Information about the Ford Worlds in Bismarck 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)