October 7, 2013, KITCHENER, ONT. (ISN) — Olympic dreams will stay alive for the two men’s and two women’s teams that prevail in the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, presented by Monsanto, running Nov. 5-10 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
The triple-knockout competition will qualify two teams of each gender for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, presented by Monsanto, Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg — the event that will determine Canada’srepresentatives for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
There will be 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in Kitchener, with four teams moving onto a playoff round to decide the two qualifiers for the Roar of the Rings, joining the six men’s and six women’s teams that have already qualified — entries skipped by Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe, Glenn Howard, John Epping, Jeff Stoughton and Mike McEwen on the men’s side; Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan, Chelsea Carey, Sherry Middaugh, Stefanie Lawton and Heather Nedohin on the women’s side.
There is a distinct Olympic flavour to the Capital One Road to the Roar, with four former Olympic medallists in the field. On the men’s side, 2006 gold-medallist Brad Gushue of St. John’s is among the hopefuls, as is 2010 gold-medallist John Morris, who’s now skipping his own team based in Kelowna and Vernon, B.C., while the past two Canadian Olympic women’s teams — 2010 silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard and 2006 bronze-medallist Shannon Kleibrink, both of Calgary — are in contention.
The men’s lineup also includes reigning Tim Hortons Brier champion Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Gushue, Morris and Jacobs will be joined by 2006 Brier champ Jean-Michel Ménard of St-Romuald, Que., Greg Balsdon of Elgin, Ont., Bryan Cochrane of Ottawa, Rob Fowler of Brandon, Man., Joe Frans of Bradford, Ont., Jake Higgs of Glencoe, Ont., Mark Kean of Ajax, Ont., Steve Laycock of Saskatoon and Rob Rumfeldt of Guelph, Ont.
The women’s field is rounded out by two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion and former world champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C., 2011 Scotties champ Amber Holland of Regina, Cathy Auld of Mississauga, Ont., Laura Crocker of Edmonton, Tracy Horgan of Sudbury, Ont., Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, Ont., Renée Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie, Alta., Barb Spencer of Winnipeg, Val Sweeting of Edmonton and Crystal Webster of Calgary.
TSN2 will televise the men’s and women’s Trials qualifiers on the final day of the Road to the Roar, while TSN will show the first two Trials qualifiers on Nov. 9, in addition to a men’s playoff game that day and a women’s playoff game on Nov. 10.
To apply credentials, go to www.curling.ca/media-accreditation-request-form/ and submit the completed form by no later than Oct. 28. You will then be sent a confirmation letter outlining the accreditation procedures. You can find team and schedule information by going to www.curling.ca/2013roadtotheroar-en/. Please note: On-ice photographers will be required to wear black clothing and shoes and restrict themselves to designated shooting areas during the games.
The media hotel is the Holiday Inn Kitchener/Waterloo at a daily rate of $119 (single room) plus taxes per night. If you require accommodation, please call 519-893-1211 with dates required and credit card information. A limited number of rooms has been reserved on a first come, first served basis until Oct. 30, after which any unclaimed rooms will be released.