Olympic Team heads to 2018 WFG Continental Cup this week

Jan. 07, 2018, 5:31 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 7, 2018


2018 WFG Continental Cup begins Thursday in Ontario


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The 2018 U.S. Olympic Curling Team heads to London, Ontario, this week for the 2018 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in the lead up to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.


American rinks skipped by Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) will team up with four rinks from Canada to form Team North America for the four-day event, which is similar to golf’s Ryder Cup. They’ll take on Team World – made up of some of the top European and Asian curling teams – in traditional team competition, mixed doubles, and skins with the chance to win $52,000 (Cdn) and the Cup title. North America is on a five-year win streak after capturing the title once again in Las Vegas last January.


Roth and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) as well as Shuster’s team of Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) will be paired with Canada’s 2018 Olympic teams led by Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan as well as Brad Gushue and Michelle Englot’s squads.


Team World will feature 2018 Olympic squads, including Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Anna Hasselborg; Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa; Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz and Silvana Tirinzoni; and Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud. The first draw of competition will take place Thursday morning at

The Sports Centre at Western Fair District. The team coaches and captains – Rick Lang and Al Hackner of Canada for Team North America and David Murdoch (Scotland) and Fredrik Lindberg (Sweden) of Team World – will determine the matches on Wednesday afternoon.


There are point values assigned to each match, with a total of 60 points available, meaning the first side to hit 30.5 points wins the WFG Continental Cup.


Each side has three men’s and three women’s teams; the winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side that generates the highest points total from the six skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).


It will be the 14th edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup. North America has won the Cup in 2002 in Regina, 2004 and 2007 in Medicine Hat, Alta., 2011 in St. Albert, Alta., 2013 in Penticton, B.C., 2014 in Las Vegas, 2015 in Calgary and back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 in Las Vegas. Team World emerged victorious in 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ont., 2006 in Chilliwack, B.C., 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2012 in Langley, B.C.


To learn more about the Continental Cup, go to http://www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/.




For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).