The 13th WFG Continental Cup of Curling will take place this week as Team North America and Team World will do battle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Team North America will be looking to win its 5th straight Continental Cup while Team World will look to build on last year’s event which was the closest in Team North America’s current winning streak. Last year’s final point total was 30.5 to 29.5 with Team North America winning on a shot by John Morris late in the proceedings.
This year, Team North America will be represented by Team Carey and Team Koe of Calgary, Team Jones and Team Carruthers of Winnipeg along with Team McCormick and Team Sinclair of Minnesota. Team Koe and Team jones have each played in numerous Continental Cups while Heath McCormick, Reid Carruthers and Laine Peters (Team Carey) played in the event while with other teams. Team North America is coached by two-time world champion Rick Lang along with captain Debbie McCormick of the United States, also a world champion.
We recently caught up with Coach Lang to look back at last year’s Continental Cup and to discuss this week’s event:
The 2017 edition of Team World consists of Team Edin and Team Hasselborg of Sweden, Team Ulsrud of Norway, Team Feltscher of Switzerland, Team Stjerne of Denmark and Team Fujisawa of Japan. Both Team Edin and Team Ulsrud are veterans of numerous Continental Cups while Satsuki Fujisawa is the only other player on Team World with experience in the event, having participated with a different lineup in 2014. Team World is coached by Olympic gold medallist Pal Trulsen of Norway and their captain is two-time European champion Andy Kapp of Germany.
To get a player’s perspective of the Continental Cup, From the Hack spoke with Nolan Thiessen who has participated in four Continental Cups dating back to 2008 and who happened to be one of the sweepers when John Morris made the winning shot last year.
The 2017 WFG Continental Cup begins Thursday morning.