Muirhead returns in action-packed weekend
Preview of this weekend's events
It promises to be an action-packed weekend across multiple countries with many Curling World Cup rinks involved. Let’s see who is competing where and things to keep a beady eye on over the next few days.
Rivalries, returns and family affairs
The Stockholm Ladies Cup has the potential to provide some excellent match-ups this weekend and will include the return of Eve Muirhead to the fray.
Suzhou finallists, Team Hasselborg, will play in front of a home crowd on the back of their maiden Grand Slam of Curling title last weekend and the 2016 champions will be up against an elite field.
Two-time Olympic champion Annette Norberg will also be taking to the ice, skipping a rink that includes her daughter Therese Westman – who competed in the mixed doubles in Suzhou.
This was me only 22 weeks ago...Its been a journey, a very hard one at times but along side a very specialised support team, the best team mates and family, I’ve had the green light to compete again! ✅— Eve Muirhead (@evemuirhead) October 4, 2018
A little earlier than expected 🙃 #rehab #recovery #imback pic.twitter.com/0ZjxgmfxRT
They have been drawn in the same pool as 2014 Olympic bronze medallists Team Muirhead, with Eve returning as skip for her first tournament of the season after hip surgery.
Muirhead commented on her return to action in Stockholm: “To have the green light to compete again is very special to me. I have worked very hard alongside a very specialised support team to get back to this stage.
“With some patience, perspective and unbelievable support from my team and family I am delighted to have made this stage a little ahead of schedule.”
Former world junior champion Isabella Wranna – sister of Team Edin's second Rasmus – will skip her team in her home city and are in Pool 4 alongside defending champions Team Watz.
You can follow all the action during the Stockholm Ladies Cup on World Curling TV via YouTube with live coverage of selected matches.
Bonspiel in Basel
Elsewhere in Europe, a world-class field including Curling World Cup competitors will take part in the Swiss Cup Basel in Switzerland.
Team Edin, winners in 2016, will hope to bounce back from their disappointment in Suzhou in the knockout event.
Team Walstad, losing finalists against Team Koe in the first leg of the Curling World Cup, will look to build on a promising start to the season as they compete alongside fellow Norwegian rink Team Ulsrud.
Peter de Cruz will skip his rink at their home competition and could come up against Suzhou rivals Team Mouat. Both won a game each against each other in the group stage in China.
Team Mouat will not be the only Scottish representatives in Basel, with former Swiss Cup champion Glen Muirhead skipping his side.
Coverage of the tournament will be streamed through the four days and can be followed here.
Champs compete in Calgary
Suzhou champions Team Homan will seek to continue their superb start to the season in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Canada.
Two-time winner Rachel Homan faces a highly competitive field which includes Olympic bronze medallists Team Fujisawa and three-time champions Team Jones.
Laura Walker, winner of the mixed doubles in Suzhou, will be leading her women’s rink in Calgary while United States representatives in Omaha, Team Sinclair, will aim to make their presence felt.
Team Christensen were announced earlier this week as the United States’ women’s rink for the Curling World Cup third leg in Jonkoping and they will be in action in Calgary alongside Team Fleury – who will fly the flag for Canada in Omaha this December.
Follow the action on the Autumn Gold Curling Classic’s Twitter page here.
Keep your eyes peeled for our round-up of the action across all three competitions on Monday.