Team World off to hot start at 2019 Continental Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 17, 2019, 7:16 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 17, 2019

Team World dominates first two draws of 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(LAS VEGAS) – Team World is serious about breaking its Continental Cup losing streak and are off to a perfect start at Orleans Arena as they swept the first two draws of competition today.

With two rounds of mixed doubles complete, Team World has a 6-0 lead over Team North America in the race for 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup title.

Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) were the first U.S. athletes to take the ice at this event as they battled Team World’s Swedish duo of reigning world champions Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Erikkson this afternoon – a 6-4 loss.

“We are in the biggest possible hole we could be in after six games,” said 2018 Olympic champ Shuster. “Team World has played pretty well in mixed doubles in the history of the event so it’s going to be important for the ladies to come out here tonight and get a couple of points on the board – get a point on the board just to start. If they come out and get two points tonight, two-and-a-half, I think we’ll feel a little bit better coming into tomorrow. Then we have to turn the mixed doubles mojo around.”

The focus tonight turns to traditional curling with three women’s games on tap at 6:30 p.m. PT. Live webstreaming is featured on ESPN3 for U.S. fans. USA’s Team Jamie Sinclair will take on Team World’s Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

After forcing the Swedish duo to draw for a single point in the opening end, Walker and Shuster gave up back-to-back steals to fall into a 0-3 deficit. Walker made up the gap with a fantastic shot in the fourth end to tie the game. The U.S. played a solid fifth end to force Team World into a single point. The Americans had a chance to score one to tie the game in the sixth but their final rock slipped past the tee-line to give Erikkson and Hasselborg another point.

Down two with two ends to go, the U.S. was limited to a single point in the seventh end and couldn’t steal a point to force a tie as Hasselborg nailed her final draw of the game for the 6-4 victory. Team World’s Swiss duo of Alina Pätz and Sven Michel defeated North America’s Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols, 8-4. Team World’s Swedish team of Agnes Knochenhauer and Rasmus Wranä got past North America’s 2018 Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes and partner Geoff Walker, 8-3.

Live webstreaming of the event for U.S. fans is available on ESPN3 as part of Curling Canada’s partnership. Webstreaming details and a link to scores and standings are included on this page: https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY

Current point totals:
Team North America:  0
Team World:  6

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Schedule for the first two days:

6:30 p.m.
Women’s Team Play
Sheet A - Team Jones (North America) vs. Team Muirhead (World)
Sheet B - Team Homan (North America) vs. Team Hasselborg (World)
Sheet C - Team Sinclair (North America) vs. Team Tirinzoni (World)

Friday:

8:30 a.m.
Mixed doubles
Sheet A - Joanne Courtney/Denni Neufeld (North America) vs. Silvana Tirinzoni/Benoit Schwarz (Team World)
Sheet B - Sarah Anderson/John Landsteiner (North America) vs. Eve Muirhead/Bobby Lammie (Team World)
Sheet C - Dawn McEwen/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Sofia Mabergs/Christoffer Sundgren (Team World)

1:30 p.m.
Mixed doubles
Sheet A - Emma Miskew/Matt Hamilton (North America) vs. Lauren Gray/Grant Hardie (World)
Sheet B - Jamie Sinclair/Chris Plys (North America) vs. Sara McManus/Niklas Edin (World)
Sheet C - Taylor Anderson/Colton Flasch (North America) vs. Melanie Barbezat/Valentin Tanner (World)

6:30 p.m.
Men’s team play
Sheet A - Team Koe (North America) vs. Team de Cruz (World)
Sheet B - Team Shuster (North America) vs. Team Edin (World)
Sheet C - Team Gushue (North America) vs. Team Mouat (World)

What’s at stake:

A purse of $130,000 (Canadian), with $84,500 going to the winning side. A total of 60 points are available to win, with the first team to earn more than 30 points being declared the winner.

Format:

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.

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