Like it or not, the curling season is in full swing!
The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, a series of seven tournaments – all held in Canada – which pit the best teams in the world against each other. Qualification comes through the World Curling Tour and the Grand Slam events offer a cumulative total of more than $2 million in prize money.
The kick-off event is the Princess Auto Elite 10, starting Wednesday at the St. Clair Campus Arena in Chatham, Ontario (CAN). The entries include (known by the name of the Skip):
∙ Niklas Edin (SWE) ~ 2013-15-18 World Champions; 2018 Olympic silver medalists
∙ Brad Gushue (CAN) ~ 2006 Olympic Champions; 2017 World Champions
∙ Glen Howard (CAN) ~ 2007-12 World Champions
∙ Brad Jacobs (CAN) ~ 2014 Olympic Champions
∙ Kevin Koe (CAN) ~ 2010-16 World Champions
∙ Anna Hasselborg (SWE) ~ 2018 Olympic Champions; 2017 Worlds silver medalists
∙ Rachel Homan (CAN) ~ 2017 World Champions; 2014 Worlds silver and 2013 Worlds bronze
∙ Jennifer Jones (CAN) ~ 2014 Olympic Champions; 2015 Worlds silver medalists
∙ Nina Roth (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. Olympic Trials winners; eighth in PyeongChang
∙ Jamie Sinclair (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. National Champions
∙ Silvana Trinzoni (SUI) ~ Includes Alina Paetz, skip of the 2015 World Champions
The tournament continues through Sunday; look for scores here.