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From Page 33: 2017 WFG Continental Cup Teir Team North America opponents won’t be completely known until

December, although the lineup is slowly taking shape with the addition of three-time world championship medalist Debbie McCormick of Rio, Wis., as Team North America captain. She’ll join coach Rick Lang on the bench in Las Vegas. “What a true honor this will be, wearing the Stars, Stripes and Maple

Leaf as the Team Captain for the 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup,” said McCormick, a four-time Olympian who also skipped the U.S. to gold at the 2003 world championship in Winnipeg. “My focus is to make this opportunity extraordinary for the athletes of Team North America, as- sist them in finding success and enjoyment on and off the ice. Tis is a new and exciting role for me, one I will embrace and give 100 per cent, guaran- teed. Since it’s in Las Vegas, you can bet on that!” Already qualified for Team North America are the reigning Canadian

Christensen Dropkin

second-place finish at the Curl Mesabi Classic. Dropkin, 21, captured the 2016 USA Curling Junior National Men’s

Championship title with teammates Tom Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio), Mark Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.), Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Quinn Evenson (Fairbanks, Alaska). At the 2016 USA Curling Men’s National Championship in February the team advanced to the playoffs, finishing fourth. At the 2016 World Juniors, Dropkin led Team USA to an 8-1 record in the round robin to secure the No. 1 playoff seed. Aſter advancing to the gold-medal game with a semifinal win over Switzerland, the U.S. earned silver medals aſter a 6-4 loss to Scotland in the final. Te team was coached by Wally Henry (Beaver Dam, Wis.). “I am very grateful, and honored to accept this award,” said Dropkin,

who also was bestowed with this award in 2012 at age 17. “Looking back on the year, the season definitely delivered some tough losses, but also some great finishes with both teams. Tere’s still lots to learn, but I can’t thank my teammates enough for the incredible year we experienced. It is no doubt one I will cherish.” Dropkin is a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying fi-

nancial planning. Te awards were determined by USA Curling’s Athlete/Curler Recogni-

tion Committee and approved by the association’s Board of Directors on July 28. Te 2016 winners also will be nominated to the United States Olym- pic Committee for its annual athlete and team awards. Past recipients of the award can be viewed here: USA-Curling/For-Athletes/Awards. Q

champions — Koe, who won the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, and fellow Cal- garian Chelsea Carey, whose team prevailed at the 2016 Scotties Tourna- ment of Hearts. Te other two Canadian teams will be the men’s and women’s champi-

ons of the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup, Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in Brandon. ( Te two U.S. entries will be decided based on World Curling Tour results

through Nov. 22. “I know our teams will be ready to play in Las Vegas, and they’ll have to be because Team World is tired of losing, and they’ll be extremely eager to end that streak,” said Lang. “I’m thrilled to be working with Debbie, and we’ll be trying our best to keep the Cup here in North America.” Te 2016 edition was the closest in event history, with Team North Amer-

ica prevailing by just a single point. “What a battle last year! Only an inch was missing to get the pot on the right side of the oceans,” said Kapp. “But Team World 2017 will be ready with all its experience and pumped up with its fresh blood to make Orleans Arena the hottest place where curling will be played next season. Hot, hotter, Las Vegas … watch out for fire alarms!” Te previous two Las Vegas editions of the World Financial Group Con-

tinental Cup each broke event records for attendance, and the 2016 renewal also set the standard for the best-attended curling event on U.S. soil. Projec- tions for the 2017 event indicate more attendance records could be attain- able. “Team World’s star-studded roster shows they’re all-in to win,” said Jon Killoran, event manager of the 2017 WFG Continental Cup. “So far, nearly 4,000 fans are also all-in, having purchased full-event packages. But we still have plenty of great seats available and a city waiting to entertain curling fans like no other!”Q

Are you volunteering in Vegas?

site of the event in 2014 and 2016. Te World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling brings together


the best in curling from competitors, to spectators, to volunteers – becom- ing a community with one goal in mind – a great curling event. Volunteers invest their time, ensuring that this year’s competition is not only success- ful, but memorable for all parties – from organization to participant level, attendees and everyone in between. Volunteer positions are available in many areas – officials, stats and tim-

n August, the host committee of the 2017 WFG Continental Cup in Las Vegas opened up the online application process for volunteers. Te event will be staged Jan. 12-15 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas,

ers, media, facility, hosting, the PATCH, community events, curling club outreach, ceremonies, hospitality events, 50/50, medical, merchandising sales and many more. Some positions need special training, many just need volunteers with a love of curling and the excitement of special events! You can still sign up to help out in a variety of areas. Go to http://www.curling. ca/2017continentalcup/volunteer/ to learn more and register. Volunteers are the backbone of events – it is the value of these extra hands

that enables organizations to offer activities that may not otherwise happen. Teir meaningful contributions both behind and in front of the scenes are indispensable and their tireless efforts are oſten as profound as the event itself. Questions? Reach out to or 650.323.9400. Q

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