Extra pressure. The return of big stars after a layoff. Mixing up the rules of engagement.
It doesn't have the same cache as a Brier or Scotties. It's not as important as the Olympics or the Worlds (at least not to the average curling fan).
The Continental Cup has its allure, though, and part of that attraction comes from the variety of game types played and, of course, good ol' "us versus them" pride and bragging rights.
The 2013 Continental Cup of Curling is underway, in Penticton, British Columbia. It's the ninth edition of pro curling's international funspiel (If you don't think the players have some fun, I'll have proof of that in an upcoming blog).
There is a difference, though, between your run of the mill beef and booze bonspiel at the local club and the high skills shoot out at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Extra pressure? Plenty.
Take Heather Nedohin's last rock draw against SIX in the second end of her opening game against Team World's Eve Muirhead. Already down 3 -Read More »from Curling’s 2013 Continental Cup filled with intrigue, pressure