What a great way to end the year! The Canadian Open played out on the ice at Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C. last week. The event featured 18 of the top men’s teams from across the country. Team Gushue advanced to the quarterfinal round, but lost a tight game to team Kean, and team Cotter, hoping for a second consecutive appearance in the finals, lost to the ultimate winner, Glenn Howard.
This past week, the European Curling Championships were played out in Karlstad, Sweden. Congratulations to Thomas Ulsrud and the rest of the Norwegian squad for their silver medal finish. Congratulations are also extended to Eve Muirhead and the Scottish team who were runners up to the Russians in the gold medal match.
For those already looking ahead to the new year, the curling calendar really heats up in January. Getting things started is the Continental Cup, which will be played in Penticton, B.C., from
January 10-13, 2013. In this unique event, North America meets the World in a series of competitions including singles, mixed doubles and skins.
From January 19-20, you can watch the first edition of The Dominion All Stars Skins Game on TSN. From there, it is a quick trip over to the east coast of Canada for the start of The National, the third of the Grand Slam series, which runs from January 23-27. And the women’s provincial playdowns all get underway during the month of January. In fact, by January 27, nine of the provinces will have declared their representatives for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
It’s been a great year of curling so far; 2013 looks to be even better!