The top curlers in Canada arrived in Moose Jaw throughout Tuesday. Many of them only had time to check into their hotel rooms before heading to Mosaic Place to get out the rink for the first time.
All 14 teams practiced on the rink on Tuesday after a transformation from hockey rink to five bright and clean curling sheets happened just days earlier in preparation for the Capital One Curling Cup of Canada.
“The ice looks good and has lots of curl. It is a little heavy to start, but it will keen up nice for tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton. “It feels great to be here.”
Also practicing during the afternoon was Heather Nedohin’s rink from Edmonton. The team was delivering different shots on each set of ice throughout the hour time limit. Although it was a quick run through of all five sheets, the team is excited to be playing here this week.
“It is an arena setting, so it couldn’t be better. This is where everyone wants to play and when you walk in and see the lights and the bright rings and displays of the sponsors, you know you are at the big show,” Nedohin stated. “It feels fantastic. It is what all of us play for and this is where you want to play.”
As professional as Nedohin is calling a game, she and the team used this time prior to their first draw at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to fine-tune their strategy.
“It is all about preparation and tweaking those areas of your game…mentally and physically and strategically,” she said. “Like always, it comes to last shot games and extra ends and tight squeezes and measurements. It will be entertaining. It is a very tight field. I think from first to seventh in terms of rankings, it all goes out the door and it is a fresh plate…it is the Canada Cup.”
Now that all the preparation, campaigning and promoting is complete and the curlers made it to the Friendly City, the host committee is putting together the final touches.
“I think everyone’s just a buzz right now with getting the last final details done, but things have been going really well,” said host committee chair Danielle Sicinski. “Things are going smoothly and the sigh of relief will be when it is finally over, but things have come together nicely over the last 48 hours.”
Tickets for draws are still available through the Mosaic Place box office, online at www.curling.ca and also by walk up prior to a draw. Sicinski stated that fans should be attentive of the box office hours, as they are not open 24/7.
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