Groups and schedule revealed for Omaha leg
The women's, men's and mixed doubles draw for the second leg will produce some excellent curling.
The groups and schedule for the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha have been revealed - and some intriguing match-ups are in store for fans at Omaha’s Ralston Arena.
The action begins at 15:00 on Wednesday 5 December with the opening four encounters in the two women’s groups. All the mixed doubles rinks are in action in session two starting at 18:30, then the men take to the ice at 21:00.
The three following days all feature four sessions across five sheets starting at 08:30, 12:00, 16:00 and 19:30, before finals day on Sunday 9 December, which pits the group winners from each discipline in a shootout for gold medals – not to mention a $USD 20,000 winners’ cheque and a place in May’s Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing.
Check out the full schedule here.
United States’ Team Jamie Sinclair are sure to receive a passionate following as they start against Korea in the event’s opening session.
Canada, featuring skip Tracy Fleury in charge of a new rink, and Russia, represented by Team Alina Kovaleva, are the other sides in Group A. The two group clashes between United States and Canada, scheduled for Friday morning and Saturday evening, are sure to be a highlight.
In Group B, Sweden’s Team Anna Hasselborg will be the rink to beat. The Olympic champions lost in the Curling World Cup first leg final in Suzhou but will be looking to go one better and seal their Grand Final place by winning in Omaha.
First up for the Swedes is a meeting with Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa. They also met in Suzhou and the Japanese were the only team to beat the world No.1s in the round-robin stage. Scotland and China (who are yet to reveal their line-ups) are the other teams Group B.
United States’ Olympic champions Team Shuster are the star attraction for the home crowd and they open their Group A campaign against China at 21:00 on day one.
Like the women, Canada and United States’ men are in the same group, and their first of two meetings in the double round-robin is on the night of day two. Canada open up against Korea.
In Group B, there’s a heavyweight Scandinavian clash first up as Norway’s Team Thomas Ulsrud – the 2014 world champions and former Olympic silver medallists - face Sweden’s current world champions Team Niklas Edin. Scotland v China is the other opening encounter in the evening session.
MIXED DOUBLES DRAW
Canada’s Olympic champion John Morris partners Taylor McDonald in Group A and they begin with a huge repeat of Morris’ final showdown in PyeongChang against Switzerland’s Martin Rios and Jenny Perret.
The opening day’s early-evening session also features a clash between the other sides in Group A; Sweden and Korea, neither of whom have yet revealed their pairings at the time of writing.
In Group B, Olympic champion Joe Polo partners Tabitha Peterson for United States and they start with a match against Norwegian pairing Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten. Skaslien partnered Sander Roelvaag in Suzhou but will reunite with partner Nedregotten, who was part of the Norway men’s side that finished runners-up in the Curling World Cup first leg.
The other two sides in Group B are Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin and Korea, whose representatives are yet to be announced.
The groups for Curling World Cup leg two are set in principle according to the current Curling World Cup ranking. Each of the eight Member Associations, in the three disciplines, are split into four tiers (two in each tier). Each group then has one team from each tier.