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by Jeff Timson, St Clair's Group.

THUNDER BAY, November 27, 2003

In a joint announcement by the World Curling Federation (WCF) and the Canadian Curling Association (CCA), it was confirmed today that the 2004 Continental Cup has been awarded to Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The 2004 Continental Cup will be played November 25-28 at the 4,100 seat Medicine Hat Arena, home to the Western Hockey League's 'Tigers', and once again will feature Team North America versus Team Europe in the unique four-day competition involving Team games (72 points), Mixed Doubles (36 points), Singles (32 points) and Skins games (260 points).

This will be the third Continental Cup, following on the heels of the inaugural event in Regina in 2002 and this year's renewal, currently underway here in Thunder Bay. Last year, Team North America edged Team World in the 'Cup' debut, 207-193 on points, decided by a thrilling men's Skins game final between Kevin Martin and Peja Lindholm.

"Medicine Hat is a city of chinooks and volunteers," said Des Grant, president of the 2004 event and former chairman of the 1996 Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships, which were held at the Medicine Hat Curling Club. Other events staged at the Club include the 1983 world juniors and 2002 Canadian Masters.

"We are ready to show off our city again to Canada and this time to a larger audience. Our volunteer base is without equal and they are eager to demonstrate that the level of volunteerism has reached a new level and that we can put on a show that will make our curling club, our city and our province proud."

Tickets for the 2004 Continental Cup are expected to go on sale in late February.

Team North America will be composed of four teams from Canada and two from the United States. The Canadian representatives will be the winners of the 2004 Canada Cup, January 6-11 in Kamloops, the 2004 Scott Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, February 21-February 29 and the Nokia Brier, March 6-14 in Saskatoon.

The U.S. teams will be selected by the United States Curling Association, while Team Europe will be determined by the World Curling Federation and several of its member curling federations and associations.

Once again, TSN is expected to devote television extensive coverage to the 2004 Continental Cup. This year, TSN is airing 30 hours of live, complete coverage across Canada of the international curling competition from Thunder Bay.

Warren Hansen
Manager of Event Operations and Media
Canadian Curling Association

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