The Olympic trials for the Canadian mixed curling doubles event will take place in Portage la Prairie, Man., Curling Canada announced Tuesday.
The event, which will be making its Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is scheduled for Jan. 3-7, 2018.
Eighteen teams will complete for the chance to represent Canada at the Olympics (Feb. 9-25, 2018).
Meanwhile, the Roar of Rings Olympic trials, where the teams of seven men and seven women will compete to represent Canada, will take place in Ottawa from Dec. 2-10.
“This will be an historic event, and we’re thrilled to see Portage la Prairie earn the privilege of playing host to the first Canadian Olympic Mixed Doubles Trials,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors.
“We know the community will embrace this event, because we’ve seen Portage la Prairie step up repeatedly in the past for the sport of curling. Knowing what’s on the line next January, we’re anticipating a great show in Portage la Prairie.”
Canada earned an Olympic mixed curling spot this past weekend in Lethbridge, Alta., as Joanne Courtney, of Edmonton, and Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers secured the berth by reaching the semifinals at the world mixed doubles championship.
Courtney and Carruthers went on to earn a silver medal.
“Our mixed doubles athletes have been working extremely hard in the past few years to make sure we’re at a level to compete for a medal in Pyeongchang,” said Curling Canada’s national mixed doubles coach Jeff Stoughton.
“That hard work will continue as we turn our focus to the Olympic season. And while Joanne and Reid clinched the berth this past weekend, it’s important to acknowledge the amazing and gutsy performance by Marliese Kasner and Dustin Kalthoff at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship. Without the qualifying points they earned us there, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today.”
The Olympic trials will feature 18 teams, divided into two…