North America and World tied at 3

By Terry Kolear | Jan. 16, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
Jan. 16, 2014

North America evens score as 2014 Continental Cup continues

(LAS VEGAS) - With murmurs of mixed doubles curling potentially becoming an Olympic discipline in the future, two of USA's Olympians laughed off their possibility of making that team as the second round of competition at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup concluded this afternoon at the Orleans Arena.

USA's 2014 Olympic Team nominees Jeff Isaacson (Virginia, Minn.) and Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.) haven't played mixed doubles in several years but took the ice today against Team World's duo of Christopher Svae (Norway) and Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan). The 13-1 losing outcome wasn't what the Americans scripted coming into the game. 

"I love Jeff and he was super fun to play with, but I don't think mixed doubles is in my future," said McCormick, who only plays mixed doubles during the Continental Cup. "I'm more of a traditionalist and our schedule doesn't really allow for mixed doubles. But, if it became an Olympic sport, then I might be more serious about it." 

Team World took an early 3-0 lead to start the eight-end game. Team North America had a chance to tie the game but settled for a single instead in the second. The Americans would be kept off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. 

"You won't be seeing me playing mixed doubles at a future Olympics," Isaacson said and laughed after the game. "If it were just singles, maybe." Isaacson said he never practices mixed doubles with the last time he played this format coming many years ago in Duluth, Minn. "They placed their draws really well into the four-foot and we didn't. If you don't make the first draw, you're in a lot of trouble," said Isaacson, who is set to make his second Olympic appearance in Sochi.

Isaacson and the rest of the U.S. men's team will play traditional competition tonight against David Murdoch's team from Scotland. The U.S. ladies return to the ice tomorrow afternoon for singles competition and then play again in the evening session.  

"Our weights were just off," said McCormick, who is set to make her fourth Olympic appearance in Sochi. "It was really weird because I had just played on that sheet so I felt really comfortable with draw weight but it was a little heavier and then it got faster. We just weren't making our first shot or two and then we were in trouble. And, they [Svae and Fujisawa] played really well."

The win by Svae and Fujisawa was the lone victory for Team World in this session as Team North America took the other two mixed doubles games to even the score at 3-3. The first side to 30 points wins the Cup. 

"It's a challenge (the language barrier) but she speaks pretty good English - I just think she is shy. We just kept it simple and talked curling language," Svae said. "I enjoy playing Mixed Doubles, especially at this event because it's more about fun and entertaining. The game itself is challenging, more so than normal curling, especially with someone you have never played with before and when there's not much sweeping going on because the ice gets tracky. So for people at home, don't expect us to shoot 90-95% which we sometimes do during normal games. It's a great game if you shoot 65 percent (in mixed doubles), so that's the challenge."

Canada's Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols defeated Sweden's Niklas Edin and Christina Bertrup, 9-2. Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes made her final shot to earn an 8-7 victory with teammate Jeff Stoughton over Sebastian Kraupp and Maria Prytz of Sweden. 

Six matches will be played with one point awarded for a win and a half-point to each side for ties.
A male and female player from each side will play five rocks in an eight-end game. One curler throws first and fifth stones and their teammate delivers two through four. Teams have the option of changing up the throwing order during the match.

Edin/Bertrup (World) 000 001 1x - 2 
Nichols/Jones (NA) 122 310 0x - 9 

Kraupp/Prytz (World) 020 030 20 - 7 
Stoughton/Lawes (NA) 203 101 01 - 8 

Svae/Fujisawa (World) 303 222 1x - 13
Isaacson/McCormick (NA) 010 000 0x - 1 

Competition World North America
Team-Round 1 2 1
Mixed Doubles, Rd1 1 2
Team-Round 2
Mixed Doubles, Rd2
Team-Round 5
Team-Round 5
Skins-Round 1
Grand Total 3 3

Here is a look at the matchups through Saturday (Sunday matchups TBA):

Thursday, 7 p.m.
Sheet A - Niklas Edin (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)
Sheet B - Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet C - David Murdoch (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)

Friday, 8:30 a.m.
Sheet A - Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet B - Niklas Edin (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)
Sheet C - Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)

1 p.m., Singles
Sheet A - Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet B - Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet C - Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Sheet A - Niklas Edin (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America
Sheet B - Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)
Sheet C - David Murdoch (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)

7 p.m.
Sheet A - David Murdoch (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)
Sheet B - Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Sheet C - Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)

Saturday, 9 a.m.
Mixed Doubles
Sheet A - Greg Drummond/Anna Sloan (World) vs. Ryan Fry/Emma Miskew (North America)
Sheet B - Thomas Ulsrud/Miyo Ichikawa (World) vs. John Shuster/Jessica Schultz (North America)
Sheet C - David Murdoch/Eve Muirhead (World) vs. E.J. Harnden/Rachel Homan (North America)

1:30 p.m.
Sheet A - Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Sheet B - David Murdoch (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)
Sheet C - Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)

6:30 p.m.
Sheet A - Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)
Sheet B - Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet C - Niklas Edin (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)

The Cup is a joint collaboration of USA Curling, the World Curling Federation, and the Canadian Curling Association, and is being staged outside of Canada for the first time.

The teams will be competing in traditional games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties). The first side to accumulate more than 30 points is declared the winner. There will be 18 team games (nine men's and nine women's) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (matchups to be announced Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

To view the complete competition schedule, visit Match-ups will be announced throughout the competition. 

NBC Sports Network will televise two games. The U.S. women's team competition from Saturday, Jan. 18, will air on NBCSN from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 19. The U.S. men's team competition from Saturday, Jan. 18, will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26.

In addition, Universal Sports Network will televise two of the Jan. 19 skins matches from the Cup. The first game will air from 5-7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 20, followed by the second skins match from 5-7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 21.

NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream NBCSN's coverage of curling on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.   

Coverage will be streamed via "TV Everywhere," the media industry's effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via "TV Everywhere," which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs. 

In Canada, TSN (RDS2 in French), will broadcast complete live coverage of the event. In Sweden live coverage will aired on the Viasat platform on Saturday 18 January. Live coverage will also be available on the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel World Curling TV.
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