U.S. champions ready to compete in Calgary as season closes

By Terry L. Davis | April 23, 2018, 11:07 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2018

 

National champions set to compete in Champions Cup

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Teams skipped by national champions Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen will compete this week at the Humpty’s Champions Cup in Calgary, Alberta, as the 2017-18 World Curling Tour (WCT) and Grand Slam series come to a close.

 

The U.S. teams are among a group of 15 men’s and 15 women’s teams competing at WinSport Arena this week. John Shuster’s team also qualified to compete as the reigning Olympic champions but are set to be in Washington, D.C., for the traditional White House visit post-Olympic Games.

 

Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and her team of Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) are coming off an historical Grand Slam win earlier this month when they won the Players’ Championship in Ontario – the first Grand Slam title for an American team. The U.S. ladies will compete in the opening draw on Tuesday night against the Olympic champions from Sweden, led by Anna Hasselborg. The big win in Ontario helped propel Sinclair’s team to No. 6 in the year-to-date WCT standings in a very successful season to date.

 

Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), who calls the game for the U.S. men with Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) throwing last stones, will compete in a four-game round robin along with teammates Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.) and Phil Tilker (Seattle). Their first game will be Wednesday against Canada’s Brad Jacobs rink. Persinger’s team is currently ranked No. 18 in the year-to-date standings of the WCT. The U.S. teams qualified for this event after winning the 2018 USA Curling National Championships last month in Fargo, N.D. The teams also competed at the World Curling Championships with Sinclair’s team finishing fourth and the U.S. men sixth.

 

All events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series are played utilizing the five-rock rule, which will be implemented in world championship play next season. Games are eight ends in length. The top eight teams after the round robin concludes will advance to the playoffs on Saturday.

 

While the games will be televised in Canada, there is an online subscription option for fans in the U.S. with details here, http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/champions-cup/2018-humptys-champions-cup-tv-schedule/. To learn more about this event, go to http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/champions-cup/2018-humptys-champions-cup-standings/.

 

U.S. game schedule (all times local MDT):

Tuesday:

7 p.m., Jamie Sinclair vs. Anna Hasselborg (Sweden)

 

Wednesday:

8:30 a.m., Rich Ruohonen vs. Brad Jacobs (Canada)

4 p.m., Sinclair vs. Rachel Homan (Canada)

 

Thursday:

8:30 a.m., Ruohonen vs. Tyler Tardi (Canada)

8:30 a.m., Sinclair vs. Kristen MacDiarmid (Canada)

4 p.m., Ruohonen vs. Reid Carruthers (Canada)

 

Friday:

8:30 a.m., Sinclair vs. Binia Feltscher (Switzerland)

12 p.m., Ruohonen vs. Brad Gushue (Canada)

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Cheetos, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, ISS Ice, Sports & Solar, IHG, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).