Team North America gets set to take on Team Europe in the forth installment of the Continental Cup in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The event gets underway Thursday November 23rd and runs through until Sunday the 26th. Representing Team North America will be the Canadian rinks of Jean Michel Menard, Brad Gushue, Shannon Kliebrink, Kelly Scott and the American squads of Pete Fenson and Debbie McCormack in what can only be called an All-Star team.
Not to be outdone, the European team will be represented by Finland’s Marku Uusipaavalniemi, Norway’s Pal Trulsen, Scotland’s David Murdoch, Germany’s Andrea Schopp, Switzerland’s Miriam Ott and the most dominant women’s team in the world, led by Sweden’s Annette Norberg and her golden girls.
Team Sweden’s Anna Svard
The competition is points based, not unlike golf’s Ryder Cup, with 400 total points available from the four different events. The four events are mixed (36 pts), singles (32 pts), team competion (72 pts) and the skins format (260 pts). For anyone unfamiliar with the skins format in curling, you must score two or more points with the hammer, and without last rock you must hold the opposition to one point or better yet, steal one or more to win a skin. For more details on each event and the scoring system for each event, please see the Continental Cup website.
Team North America will be looking to keep the title and improve their record to 3 – 1 in Continental Cup but Team Europe has the talent and the experience to even the series at two a-piece.