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Canadian Curling Association – Curling’s most unique event is returning to the Entertainment Capital of the World in less than a month.

The 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Boyd Gaming, is scheduled for Jan. 12-15 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, featuring some of the world’s best teams competing in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.

The 13th renewal of the World Financial Group Continental Cup will see Team North America taking on Team World in a variety of curling formats over four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles and skins games.

Team North America is riding a four-year win streak at the WFG Continental Cup, including last year’s dramatic one-point victory in Las Vegas.

The event’s first trip to Las Vegas, in 2014, resulted in a record total attendance of 51,215, and that record was surpassed last January with a total attendance of 62,498, making it the best-attended curling event ever on U.S. soil.

To apply for media credentials, go to www.curling.ca/championships/media-accreditation-request-form/ and submit the completed form by no later than Jan. 6, 2017. You will then be sent a confirmation letter outlining the accreditation procedures. 

Please note: On-ice photographers will be required to wear black clothing and shoes and restrict themselves to designated shooting areas during the games.

If you are planning to attend the event, it is important that you arrange for accommodation as soon as possible. Please contact Jon Killoran (jon.killoran@renotahoewintergames.org) for more information. 

Team North America’s lineup was filled out earlier this month when teams skipped by Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Reid Carruthers captured the women’s and men’s titles respectively at the Home Hardware Canada Cup, presented by Meridian Manufacturing.

They join a North American squad that includes the current champions of the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s championship, Kevin Koe (Calgary), and Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championship, Chelsea Carey (Calgary), in addition to the two U.S. teams who qualified through World Curling Tour results, skipped by Heath McCormick and Jamie Sinclair.

Rick Lang of Thunder Bay, Ont., will be the North American Coach, while Debbie McCormick of Rio, Wis., will be the North American Captain.

The 2002 Olympic men’s gold-medallist Pål Trulsen of Norway and two-time world men’s silver-medallist Andy Kapp of Germany return as Coach and Captain respectively of Team World. Their lineup features teams skipped by the two-time world champion Niklas Edin of Sweden, current world women’s champion Binia Feltscher of Switzerland, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne, Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa and Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg.

TSN (RDS2 in French), the official broadcast partner of Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will televise all 11 draws of the World Financial Group Continental Cup. The games also will be streamed live in the United States on ESPN3.


Media inquiries:

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Canadian Curling Association
Tel: 403-463-5500

Terry Davis
Director of Communications, USA Curling
Office: 715-344-1199, Ext. 202
Cell: 608-338-9900

Jon Killoran
Event Manager
2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup
Cell: 775-342-3444
Office: 775-622-3345