17 Manitoba teams in running for Olympic curling berths in revamped qualification

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Curling Canada unveiled their revamped qualification process for Canada’s men’s and women’s Olympic curling berths for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and 17 antithetic Manitoba foursomes are successful the running.

More teams than ever volition beryllium competing for this countries adjacent Olympic curling berths arsenic they’ve added 2 much qualifying events this year, truthful there’ll present beryllium 4 antithetic bonspiels successful the pb up the games.

“These are caller events that acceptable our mandate of trying to beryllium arsenic inclusive arsenic imaginable for arsenic galore teams arsenic imaginable to beryllium portion of the Olympic qualifying process arsenic we travel retired of the pandemic,” Curling Canada main enforcement serviceman Katherine Henderson said.

“These unsocial circumstances — particularly inactive not knowing definitively however the competitory scenery volition look successful the autumn — demanded a unsocial approach, and we judge it will, successful the end, nutrient teams that are worthy of wearing the Maple Leaf successful Beijing.”

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Canada’s apical rinks who inactive don’t person a berth successful the trials volition conflict it retired astatine the Canadian Curling Trials Direct Entry Event. Winnipeg-based teams led by Mike McEwen and Jason Gunnlaugson person some qualified, on with Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone and his Regina-based foursome.

Three women’s and 2 men’s teams volition get a nonstop berth into the Olympic trials from this spiel.

The 2nd tiered teams volition duke it retired astatine the Canadian Pre-Trials Direct Entry Event, wherever 2 men’s and 2 women’s teams volition determination on. Six of the 8 men’s teams who qualified are from Winnipeg.

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Rinks skipped by Abby Ackland, Corey Chambers, Jacques Gauthier, Sean Grassie, William Lyburn, JT Ryan, and Ryan Wiebe volition each beryllium competing.

The winners volition beforehand to the Canadian Curling Pre-trials, wherever Manitoba teams skipped by Beth Peterson, Darcy Robertson, Mackenzie Zacharias, Braden Calvert, and Pat Simmons already person their spots.

All the qualifications were based connected points done the Canadian Team Ranking System.

The 2 champion men’s and women’s teams volition past determination connected to the existent trials successful Saskatoon wherever the men’s and women’s Olympic berths volition beryllium up for grabs.

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Manitoba’s apical 3 women’s teams person already qualified for the last signifier with Kerri Einarson (2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion), Tracy Fleury (Top 3 connected Canadian Team Ranking System), and 2014 golden medalist Jennifer Jones (Top 3 connected Canadian Team Ranking System) already punching their summons for the event.

The 2 Olympic curling spots volition beryllium determined with the decision of the trials connected Nov. 28.

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