Mixed doubles curling is a sport that many of us may not be that familiar with. It doesn’t get a lot of TV exposure, but that’s about to change. The quest to become Canada’s first ever Olympic representative in the newly formed discipline of mixed doubles curling is underway in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Now with the Games about a month away, 18 pairs of curlers are vying for one ticket to South Korea.
The field is impressive, including past Olympic, world and Canadian champions, such as Jennifer Jones, Brad Gushue, and Chelsea Carey. In some ways the mixed doubles game is very different from the traditional four-person game. The teams play five rocks, each end. They can sweep their own rocks, and it’s only eight ends.
Eighteen teams will play six draws daily through Thursday. The top eight teams will advance to the playoff round. The opening round of that eight-team playoff begins on Friday. The championship game is set for Sunday afternoon.
Mixed doubles curling, featuring eight countries, gets underway the day before the opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea , South Korea on February 8th, and will conclude with the gold and bronze-medal games on February 13th.
Pictured: Canada’s Reid Carruthers and Joanne Courtney Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray
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