CURLING Preview: Second World Cup comes to Omaha

Olympic gold medalist John Shuster (USA)

The second leg of the World Curling Federation’s new World Cup tour is getting ready at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska, with competition in men’s, women’s and Mixed Doubles events.

Each competition has eight teams entered, separated into two pools of four. Round-robin play will continue through Saturday and then playoffs for final placements on Sunday. The top entries (listed by skip):

Men:
∙ John Shuster (USA) ~ 2018 Olympic Champions
∙ Niklas Edin (SWE) ~ 2-18 Olympic silver medalists; 2013-15-18 World Champions
∙ Bruce Mouat (SCO) ~ 2018 World Championships bronze medalists

Women:
∙ Anna Hasselborg (SWE) ~ 2018 Olympic Champions
∙ Jamie Sinclair (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. National Champions
∙ Satsuki Fujisawa (JPN) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze medalists
∙ Eve Muirhead (SCO) ~ 2013 World Champions

Mixed Doubles:
∙ Kalynn Park/John Morris (CAN) ~ Morris: 2018 Olympic gold medalist, with Kaitlyn Lawes
∙ Jenny Perret/Martin Rios (SUI) ~ 2018 Olympic silver medalists
∙ Kristin Skaslien/Magnus Nedregotten (NOR) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze medalists

These are eight-end matches; each men’s and women’s match winner in the round-robin games will win $1,500; in the final, the winning team will receive $20,000 and the loser, $20,000. In the Mixed Doubles, each match win is worth $750 and there is $10,000/5,000 for the finals. The total prize purse is thus $165,000 for this event. Not bad! Look for results here.

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