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Continental Cup set for Thunder Bay

by Jeff Timson, St Clair's Group.

October 6, 2003 The second Continental Cup of Curling, the international competition bringing together the world's finest curlers, will be staged November 27-30 at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Sanctioned by the World Curling Federation (WCF), USA Curling and the Canadian Curling Association (CCA), the Continental Cup will again offer a total prize package of $200,000 (Cdn).  The winning side receives $125,000 while the losing side shares $75,000.

Twelve teams, six representing Team North America and six carrying the colours of Team Europe, will contest a variety of competitionsŠTeam, Mixed Doubles, Singles and Skins events.   Each competition is weighted on a points basis.   The side which first earns 201 of the 400 available points will be declared the champion.  The points breakdown is as follows: Team (72), Mixed Doubles (36), Singles (32) and Skins (260).

TSN will provide extensive daily television coverage across Canada of the 'Cup', beginning Thursday, November 27.

Team North America will comprise four teams from Canada and two from the United States.  Heading the list of skips are record five-time (1988, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2003) Brier winner and three-time (1989, 2002, 2003) world champion Randy Ferbey of Edmonton, record five-time (1982, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003) Scott Tournament of Hearts winner and 2001 world champion Colleen Jones of Halifax and Debbie McCormick of Madison, Wisconsin, winner of the 2003 Ford Worlds in Winnipeg.  

Joining them will be skips Mark Dacey of Halifax, runner-up at the 2003 Nokia Brier, 2003 Canada Cup champion Sherry Middaugh of Victoria Harbour, Ontario and current U.S. national men's champion Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minnesota.

The captain for North America will be Thunder Bay's Rick Lang, a three-time (1975, 1982, 1985) Brier and two-time (1982, 1985) world champion.

Team Europe (formerly Team World) is once again headed by 2002 Olympic gold medallist Pål Trulsen of Norway and two-time (1997, 2001) world champion Peja Lindholm of Sweden.  
  Also named to compete are Norway's Dordi Nordby, a two-time world champion (1990, 1991), Scotland's 2002 world champion Jackie Lockhart and 1999 world champion Hammy McMillan and Sweden's Anette Norberg, a five-time worlds medallist (four bronze, one silver).  Norway's 1979 world champion Kristian Soerum will once again captain Team Europe.
Last year in Regina, the inaugural Continental Cup debuted to rave reviews.   The competition also turned into a nail-biter, as Team North America edged Team World 207-193, when Kevin Martin defeated Peja Lindholm in the men's Skins final, a game which went down to last rock.

The women's and men's team events take place on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.   The unique Mixed Doubles competition is also scheduled for Friday.  The Singles competition, similar to the Ford Hot Shots contested annually at the Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier, is slated for Saturday morning, while the heavily points-weighted Skins events will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, with the men's A Skins game slated for prime time, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm ET.
For media interested in attending the Continental Cup, please fill in the attached form and either e-mail or fax it to the appropriate address/number.    You'll then receive a confirmation letter providing you with access to the media room in order to pick up your event credentials.

If you require accommodation, the event headquarters hotel is the Valhalla Inn, offering a room rate of $109.95 per night, plus taxes (12%).   To book a room, please call 1-800-964-1121 or 807-577-1121 and refer to group booking number 1662.   The media room block will be reserved until November 5, at which time any unclaimed rooms will be released.

Mitchell's Gourmet Foods will again be the presenting sponsor for the Continental Cup.
  Daily competition results will be posted on the World Curling Federation (www.worldcurling.org), Canadian Curling Association (www.curling.ca), USA Curling (www.usacurl.org) and host committee (www.continentalcup.ca) websites.  For ticket information, contact the Fort William Gardens box office at 807-625-2929.

Draw Times:                     All times Eastern

Thursday, November 27 09:30 am - 12:30 pm Women's team
  07:30 pm - 10:30 pm Men's team
Friday, November 28 08:00 am - 11:00 am Women's team
  12:30 pm - 02:30 pm Mixed Doubles
  04:00 pm - 06:00 pm Mixed Doubles
  07:30 pm - 10:30 pm Men's team
Saturday, November 29 09:00 am - 11:00 am Singles
  01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Women's Skins (B&C)
  07:00 pm - 10:00 pm Men's Skins (B&C)
Sunday, November 30 12:30 pm - 03:30 pm Women's Skins (A)
  06:00 pm - 09:00 pm Men's Skins (A)

For further information:        
Jeff Timson
Media Director, St. Clair Group
Tel/fax: 905-881-8322
November 27-30, 2003
Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay, ON


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**There will be phones, a fax machine and electrical outlets for general use in media workroom.**


Accreditation applications can be e-mailed to jeff@stclairgroup.com or faxed to 905-881-8322 but must be received by November 10, 2003.

Jeff Timson
Media Director, St. Clair Group

Tel/fax: (905) 881-8322                                                 
October 6, 2003


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