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Curling Canada – It will be a gathering of Olympians when the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Service Experts, takes place Jan. 11-14 at The Sports Centre at Western Fair District in London, Ont.

Half of the teams who will comprise the men’s and women’s fields at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, will be under one roof in London, competing in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, and it will be one of the final opportunities for media outlets to talk to the athletes before their departure for South Korea.

All six teams from Team World — Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Anna Hasselborg, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz and Silvana Tirinzoni and Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa — will be at the Olympics, while four of the six teams on Team North America also will be there. 

The U.S. Olympic teams were decided earlier this month at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., where John Shuster qualified for his fourth consecutive Winter Olympic Games on the men’s side, while Nina Roth won the women’s title.

The Canadian Olympic teams will be decided at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, beginning Saturday in Ottawa.

Already qualified to be a part of Team North America are the reigning champions of the Tim Hortons Brier (Brad Gushue of St. John’s) and Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Rachel Homan of Ottawa).

In addition to the World Financial Group Continental Cup, the first Canada-Brazil challenge series will be played to decide a berth into the World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, next April in Las Vegas.

The best-of-five series will be played alongside the WFG Continental Cup at The Sports Centre at Western Fair District.

For media requiring credentials, please apply on-line at www.curling.ca/championships/media-accreditation-request-form/, by no later than Jan. 5, 2018. A week or so before the event, you will be sent a confirmation letter outlining the on-site accreditation procedures.

Those requesting credentials must also email a high-resolution mugshot of themselves to media@curling.ca to make the on-site accreditation process easier.

Please note: On-ice photographers will be required to wear black clothing and shoes and restrict themselves to designated shooting areas during the games. There will be no exceptions to this guideline.

A limited number of rooms at the Delta Hotel London Armouries is being held at a rate of $139 plus taxes per night for media looking for accommodation during the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup. Those needing accommodation need to book their rooms quickly as space is limited. Contact Dave Bartlam at Dave.Bartlam@whg.com to arrange for accommodation.

For ticket and other event information about the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup, visit www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/

TSN/TSN2 (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the 2018 World Financial Group Continental  Cup.

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For further information:

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Curling Canada
(403) 463-5500
acameron@curling.ca