North America takes Continental Cup win streak into Vegas

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 14, 2019, 12:10 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 14, 2019

Shuster, Sinclair rinks set to compete in Las Vegas at 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Will 2019 be Team World’s year to take back the Continental Cup title? With Team North America’s streak at six straight wins, the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup has a lot at stake as the event kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas.

A star-studded lineup of Olympians and world champions awaits fans at the Orleans Arena, which is hosting the event for the fourth time since 2014. Team USA’s John Shuster and Jamie Sinclair rinks will team up with four Canadian teams to take on six international rinks in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup. Olympian Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) will serve as Team North America’s captain while Canada’s Jeff Stoughton and Jill Officer will fill the coaching roles. The four Canadian rinks will be led by Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan, Kevin Koe, and Brad Gushue.

Team World will feature Anna Hasselborg’s 2018 Olympic champions and Niklas Edin’s Olympic silver-medal team, Scotland’s Bruce Mouat and Eve Muirhead rinks, as well as Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni and Peter de Cruz rinks. Team World will be coached by Frederik Lindberg of Sweden and Christoffer Svae of Norway with Scotland’s David Murdoch serving as captain.

Live webstreaming of the event for U.S. fans will be available on ESPN3. At stake will be a purse of $130,000 (Canadian), with $84,500 going to the winning side. A total of 60 points will still be available to win, with the first team to earn more than 30 points being declared the winner. However, the event has expanded from three to five competitions.

Teams will compete in two draws – one men’s and one women’s – of traditional team play, reduced from six. Each team at the event will play one game worth one point in the overall standings. There will be four mixed doubles draws, increased from three. Each player will compete in a full mixed doubles game, and each of those games will be worth one point in the overall standings.

 

New this year are the Team Scramble and Mixed Team Play events, which put an emphasis on how curlers can perform with teammates they’d regularly play against as opponents. In the team scramble, men’s and women’s teams will be mixed to form new same-gender lineups. However, front-end and back-end teammates cannot be on the same rink. There will be one men’s and one women’s Team Scramble draw, with each game worth one point in the overall standings.

 

The Mixed Team Play comprises two men and two women on a team. There will be one draw of Mixed Team Play with two games featuring lineups of a male skip, female vice skip, male second and female lead. The third game will feature a female skip, male vice skip, female second and male lead. Mixed Team Play games will be worth two points each in the overall standings.

The World Financial Group Continental Cup will conclude with two draws of Skins games, with each game worth five points in the overall standings.

 

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner as well as Sinclair and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) will take part in Team North America’s practice session on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. It is the fifth Continental Cup appearance for Olympic champion Shuster, fourth for Landsteiner and third for Hamilton.

Plys, Sinclair and Walker will make their second Cup appearances while the Anderson twins are rookies at this event.

 

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT on Wednesday at the Orleans Arena. Exact matchups and lineups will be determined at the coach’s meeting on Wednesday. To learn more about this event and its history, go to https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY or www.curling.ca/2019continentalcup.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Carhartt, Brakebush, 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).