The who’s who of Canadian curlers have fabricated in Fredericton this weekend for a Everest Curling Challenge with a possibility of winning a largest income esteem in a sport’s history.
The winners will take home $200,000 in a single-game knockout format that awards 0 to a losers.
For many of a 32 curlers during a event, 16 group and 16 women, it’s a initial time on a ice this season. It’s behind to propagandize for a curlers in what will be an critical few months heading adult to a Olympic curling trials in Ottawa during a commencement of December.
The margin is built with past Brier, Scotties, universe and Olympic champions, with important names Brad Gushue, Rachel Homan, Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones heading a charge.
Here’s a catch: the 8 skips during a eventuality were tasked with drafting their teams on Thursday night. Each skip had to name their third, second and lead, though nothing of those players comparison could be current teammates.
It’s a singular summer eventuality that has players display adult during a course in shorts and flip-flops in a summer feverishness usually to take to a cold ice surface.
“Coming here did feel a bit weird since it’s Aug and it’s comfortable and pleasing outside,” Jacobs said. “But as shortly as we got staid and see informed faces it brings behind all those curling juices that get flowing.”
Jacobs admits he hasn’t thrown a singular stone heading adult to this event.
“But it’s like roving a bike. we consider all is going to be good and I’m usually prepared to strike a ice during this point.”
It was this time 4 years ago Jacobs and his group from northern Ontario began their pull to paint Canada during Sochi. The group came divided with a bullion medal. And while removing behind there is on his mind, it’s not a concentration this weekend.
“It’s a large deal. It’s a many income a curling group has ever played for. Take it one diversion during a time and one shot during a time.”
Olympic pull on reason for Gushue
Gushue is entrance off a many successful curling deteriorate in his career. The Gushue rink won a Brier in front of a rough hometown throng in St. John’s before rolling into Edmonton and going undefeated to constraint a universe title.
Now he also wants to get behind to a Olympics after winning bullion in 2006, though like Jacobs, is looking to have fun during this eventuality and not put too most vigour on a himself or group members this early in a season.
“It’s going to be engaging since we burst behind on a ice after all summer though practicing too most and afterwards we have 3 new teammates.”
Gushue knows how crippling a vigour of a Olympic trials can be on a team, including a training heading adult and says he still doesn’t feel entirely recovered from a rush of final season.
“We haven’t had adequate time divided usually yet, ” he said. “I consider for Mark and we a subsequent integrate of weeks, we’re going to palliate ourselves behind into this.”
The longtime skip says there’s a totally opposite mindset he has compared to other teams coming a lead adult to a Olympic trials. He says it’s a prolonged haul.
“It’s too early in a year to 0 in. we know a trials are usually in Dec though if we start going 110 per cent during this indicate you’re going to bake yourself out.”
Gushue says this weekend’s eventuality comprised of churned teams is an engaging judgment and will exam all curlers strategies and shot-making via a games. He also says carrying an eventuality like this in Fredericton is assisting display curling to some-more fans.
“I consider this is good for a game. Everest has put a lot of income into this to move a competition to [this] partial of a country.”
Let a curling games begin.