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Olympian Debbie McCormick (above) will captain Team North America at the upcoming 2017 WFG Continental Cup in Las Vegas. Photo by Rich Harmer Captain McCormick Four-time Olympian Debbie

McCormick named North America’s captain for 2017 Continental Cup


eam World will be hungrier than ever when it takes to the ice at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next January for the 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Boyd Gaming. Te overseas contingent will be looking to snap a four-year losing streak

against Team North America when curling’s version of the Ryder Cup is contested over four days, Jan. 12-15, in the Entertainment Capital of the World. “We’ve been extremely fortunate over the past four years because that

World team always has a lot of talent, but we’ve been able to rise to the oc- casion,” said reigning world men’s champion Kevin Koe of Calgary, whose team was a member of last season’s victorious Team North America squad in Las Vegas. “We see those teams throughout the season, and we know how much this event means to them, and we also know that we’ll have to be at the absolute top of our games next January in Las Vegas if we want to make it five in a row.” Te four-day competition features three unique styles of curling compe-

tition (traditional team, skins, mixed doubles). Each segment awards points for wins (or ties). A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion. Team World’s lineup has now been confirmed, with coach Pål Trulsen of

Norway and captain Andy Kapp of Germany bringing four of last season’s six world championship podium teams to Las Vegas in a bid to take the tro- phy off of North American soil for the first time since 2012 in Langley, B.C. All three medal-winning teams from the 2016 Ford World Women’s

Championship last spring in Swiſt Current, Sask., will be in Las Vegas, headed by two-time world champ Binia Feltscher of Switzerland, who won her second gold medal in Swiſt Current, beating Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa in the championship game. Russia’s Anna Sidorova, the bronze-medalist in Swiſt Current, will round out the Team World women’s contingent. On the men’s side, Sweden’s Niklas Edin, the 2015 world champ, will be

making his ninth appearance at the World Financial Group Continental Cup, while 2014 world champ Tomas Ulsrud of Norway is preparing for his eighth trip to the event. On the other hand, Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne, who won silver at the 2016 World Men’s Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, last April in Basel, Switzerland, aſter losing to Koe’s Canadian team in the final, will be making his debut at the World Financial Group Continental Cup. “We really can’t wait to get back to Las Vegas and show the fans what

we’re capable of,” said Edin. “We have a ton of respect for the North Amer- ican teams, obviously, and they’ve been deserving of their success at the WFG Continental Cup. But we also know that the World teams, when we’re on top of our game, can be just as good. I know all six of our teams com- ing to Las Vegas are excited because it’s such a great show, but also we are extremely hungry and focused on winning that trophy.”

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