CURLING Preview: Gushue looking for repeat at Tour Challenge

The 2018 Grand Slam of Curling has nearly reached the halfway point, with this week’s assembly in Thunder Bay, Ontario (CAN) for the Tour Challenge. The top entries (by Skip):

Men:
∙ Peter de Cruz (SUI) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze medalists
∙ Niklas Edin (SWE) ~ 2018 World Champion and Olympic silver medalists
∙ John Epping (CAN) ~ 2018 The Masters gold medalists
∙ Brad Gushue (CAN) ~ Defending Grand Slam of Curling champs; won the Elite 10 in 2018
∙ Brad Jacobs (CAN) ~ 2014 Olympic gold medalists
∙ Kevin Koe (CAN) ~ 2016 World Champions
∙ John Shuster (USA) ~ 2018 Olympic gold medalists

Women:
∙ Cory Christensen (USA) ~ 2016 World Junior Championships silver medalists
∙ Rachel Homan (CAN) ~ 2018 Grand Slam of Curling winners; 2017 World Champions
∙ Jennifer Jones (CAN) ~ 2014 Olympic gold medalists and 2018 World Champions
∙ Nina Roth (USA) ~ Two-time U.S. national champions
∙ Jamie Sinclair (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. national champions

This is the third of six “regular-season” tournaments, with the winners qualifying for the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup. Gushue returns after winning last year’s Tour Challenge over Steffen Walstad (NOR); he also won the season-opening Elite 10 tournament this season.

This is only the fourth year for the Tour Challenge; Koe, Edin and Gushue have won the three men’s tournaments. Swiss Silvana Trininzoni – who is entered – won the inaugural women’s tournament in 2015.

Round-robin play in groups continues through Friday (9th) with the playoffs on Saturday and final matches on Sunday. Look for results and scores here.

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