Curling's Best Take Over LEC

Jan 17, 2012

The 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling wrapped up Sunday evening at the Langley Events Centre after a busy week of world class curling that saw the World team defeat the North American squad by a score of 235 - 165.

Although the World team held a firm grasp on the lead for much of the weekend, people came out in droves to take part in the first curling event to take place at the LEC.

“What an exciting weekend it was for the sports world and for our community,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “We were honoured to host this prestigious tournament, which saw thousands of people come out to enjoy the curling action at the Langley Events Centre. We’re heard nothing but rave reviews about the competition and the LEC, which was built specifically for events such as this. Thank you to everyone who made the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling a fun, successful event and we look forward to having many more opportunities to welcome the world to Langley in the future.”

The list of competitors included Sweden’s Anette Norberg (2006 and 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist), Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud (2010 Olympic Silver Medalist; also known for his teams ‘fancy pants’), and Canadians Glenn Howard (3 time World Champion) and Jeff Stoughton (2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Champion). In total, 48 of the top curlers in the world competed.

There were 20,000 people who, over the course of four days, participated in the event which also included the ‘Original 16 Patch’ which transformed the LEC Gym into a concert stage and social area. Each night fans, volunteers and competitors alike were able to socialize in the Patch while enjoying some live entertainment from groups such as March Hare, Time Benders, and the Chevelles. The Patch also offered the opportunity for fans to get to know the curlers with autograph sessions and interactive question and answer sessions.

Although there was plenty of fun to be had all weekend, the real action was on the three sheets of ice in the LEC Arena where the competitors took care of business during the day. The World team successfully avenged a lob sided loss of 298 – 102 in 2011 in St. Albert, Alberta and held the edge for most of the weekend with the North Americans unable to capitalize on numerous opportunities to either take a lead or close the gap. For their efforts, the World team won $65,000 while the North Americans took home $26,000 in defeat. This was the eight edition of the Ryder Cup-like event with both teams owning four victories.

For more information on the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling, please contact Event Manager, Neil Houston at nhouston@curling.ca . For more information on the Langley Events Centre, please contact Director of Business Development Jared Harman at jharman@langleyeventscentre.com



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