Saturday, February 23, 2019

2021 Olympic Curling Trials Coming To Saskatoon

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Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe earned the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics after winning the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Ottawa in 2017

Canada's representatives in four-player curling for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be determined in Saskatoon

Curling Canada made it official on Saturday. SaskTel Centre will play host to the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings — from Nov. 27-Dec. 5.

“The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings is the most intense, highest-stakes event in Canadian curling, and the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon will be a superb showcase,” said Maureen Miller, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “Saskatoon has proven time and time again that it is a curling hotbed, with fans and volunteer who make every event in that city special, and I know that will be the case in 2021.”

The process for determining the competing teams for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will be announced later this season, as will the Trials competition format itself.

It will be the second time the Canadian Curling Trials have been held in Saskatchewan. Since curling rejoined the Olympics as a medal sport in 1998 at Nagano, Japan, the Trials have been staged in Brandon, Man., in 1997 (won by Mike Harris and Sandra Schmirler), in Regina in 2001 (won by Kevin Martin and Kelley Law), in Halifax in 2005 (won by Brad Gushue and Shannon Kleibrink), in Edmonton in 2009 (won by Kevin Martin and Cheryl Bernard), in Winnipeg in 2013 (won by Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones) and in Ottawa in 2017 (won by Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan).
SaskTel Centre has a rich history with curling events, including two of the best-attended Tim Hortons Briers of all time — the 2000 event attracted 248,793 fans (second all time), while four years later, the total attendance was 238,129 (sixth all time).

The venue  has also played host to the 1989 and 2012 Briers, as well as the 1991 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

“We are thrilled that Curling Canada has selected us to host the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings here in Saskatoon,” said Michael Leier, President of Curl Saskatoon and Vice-Chair of the Saskatoon Host Committee. “Saskatoon has a vibrant curling community, which will be very excited to get to work to make the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings a great success for both the athletes and fans.”

(Curling Canada)

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