CURLING Preview: Third World Cup underway in Jonkoping

U.S. siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton in Mixed Doubles action (Photo: WCF ~ Celine Stucki)

The inaugural season of the World Curling Federation’s World Cup has started its second half, with a competition in Jonkoping (SWE) for men and women. Through the first two legs, in Suzhou (CHN) and Omaha, Nebraska (USA):

Men:
I: Kevin Koe (CAN) d. Steffen Walstad (NOR), 6-5
II: John Shuster (USA) d. Niklas Edin (SWE), 3-1

Women:
I: Rachel Homan (CAN) d. Anna Hasselborg (SWE), 7-3
II: Satsuki Fujisawa (JPN) d. Min-Ji Kim (KOR), 7-6

Mixed Doubles:
I: Laura Walker/Kirk Muyres (CAN) d. Sarah Anderson/Korey Dropkin (USA), 7-3
II: Kristin Skaslien/Magnus Nedregotten (NOR) d. Jenny Perret/Martin Rios (SUI), 10-5

In Jonkoping, the men’s team are led by multi-time World Champion Edin and Walstad, along with Matt Dunstone skipping the Canadian team and Korey Dropkin leading the U.S. squad.

The women teams feature finalists Kim and Hasselborg. Canada has a new squad, with Darcy Robertson as Skip and the U.S. has a team led by Cory Christensen.

The Mixed Doubles program has Skaslien back for Norway, but now teamed with Thomas Ulsrud and the Swiss have Perret and Rios back for a possible re-match with the Vikings. The U.S. has the brother-and-sister squad of Olympic gold medalist Matt Hamilton, and Becca Hamilton. Canada has Kadriana Sahaidak and Cotton Lott.

The teams are playing a double round-robin in groups, with the group winners moving on to Sunday’s finals. Look for match scores and updates here.

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