CURLING Preview: Carey and de Cruz try to defend titles at Canadian Open

The fifth of seven stops on the Grand Slam of Curling schedule is the Meridian Canadian Open, being held at the Civic Centre in North Battleford, Saskatchewan (CAN). As usual, it’s a loaded field for both men and women:

Men:
● Peter de Cruz (SUI) ~ Defending Canadian Open Champions
● Niklas Edin (SWE) ~ 2018 World Champions and Olympic silver medalists
● Brad Gushue (CAN) ~ 2017 World Champions
● Glenn Howard (CAN) ~ 2012 World Champions
● Brad Jacobs (CAN) ~ 2014 Olympic gold medalists
● Kevin Koe (CAN) ~ 2016 World Champions
● Bruce Mouat (SCO) ~ 2018 European Champions

Women:
● Chelsea Carey (CAN) ~ Defending Canadian Open Champions
● Satsuki Fujisawa (JPN) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze medalists
● Anna Hasselborg (SWE) ~ 2018 Olympic gold medalists
● Rachel Homan (CAN) ~ 2017 World Champions
● Jennifer Jones (CAN) ~ 2018 World Champions
● Eve Muirhead (SCO) ~ 2013 World Champions
Nina Roth (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. Olympic Trials winners

This is the third “major” on the Grand Slam of Curling schedule, and one of the original Grand Slam events when the tour debuted in 2001. The event has a healthy prize purse of C$125,000 for each division, with C$30,000 to the winning team.

The playoffs are on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. Look for scores here.

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