FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 13, 2013
Team World announced for 2014 WFG Continental Cup in Las Vegas
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The reigning world champions will lead Team World at the upcoming 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas.
Scotland's Eve Muirhead, who won the 2013 Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Championship in March in Riga, Latvia, and Sweden's Niklas Edin, who captured the 2013 Ford World Men's Championship in April in Victoria, B.C., are set to lead Team World against Team North America Jan. 16-19 at the Orleans Arena. This will be the first time this event, which mirrors golf's Ryder Cup, will take place outside of Canada.
"We are thrilled that the world champions have decided to play in the first WFG Continental Cup ever staged outside of Canada," said Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki. "We look forward to welcoming some of the world's elite curlers representing Asia, Europe and North America to our iconic entertainment capital. We will do everything we can to ensure that the athletes and fans have an exciting and memorable experience of a lifetime."
In addition to the teams led by Muirhead and Edin, Team World also will feature Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson, a four-time world silver medalist who will lead her country at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The women's side also will feature rising 22-year-old Japanese star Satsuki Fujisawa, who just missed making the playoff tiebreaker at the 2013 World Women's Championship in Latvia.
The two other men's entries are skipped by two-time world champion David Murdoch of Scotland and fan favorites - the Thomas Ulsrud rink from Norway, three-time world bronze-medalists and 2010 Olympic silver medalists.
"We are looking forward to hosting the event in the United States for the first time and giving the fans and athletes a great experience while in Las Vegas," said Rick Patzke, chief operating officer for USA Curling. "The caliber of athletes representing Team World will certainly help create a competitive event."
The Continental Cup, a joint venture of the United States Curling Association, Canadian Curling Association and World Curling Federation, features six teams from North America competing against six teams representing the rest of the world in various disciplines during four days of competition - traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties).
Team North America has won the event five times, including in the 2013 event in January in Penticton, B.C., Canada. The sides have alternated victories since the inaugural Continental Cup in 2002, which took place in Regina, Sask., Canada.
The Team North America lineups won't be known until later this year. The U.S. teams for the 2014 Continental Cup will be the winners of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, which will take place Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D. The four Canadian teams (two of each gender) will be determined after the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
World champ David Hay of Scotland and three-time world champ Peja Lindholm of Sweden will return as team captain and coach respectively.
For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/.
Team World line-ups:
Niklas Edin (Sweden)
David Murdoch (Scotland)
Thomas Ulsrud (Norway)
Håvard Vad Petersson
Eve Muirhead (Scotland)
Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden)
Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan)
Captain: David Hay
Coach: Peja Lindholm
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