Continental Cup (curling)

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Continental Cup
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Established2001
2020 host cityLondon, Ontario
2020 arenaWestern Fair Sports Centre
2020 championTeam Europe
Current edition

The Continental Cup is a curling tournament held annually between teams from North America (sometimes just Canada) against teams from the rest of the World (sometimes just Europe). Each side is represented by six teams (three women's teams and three men's teams), which compete using a unique points system. The tournament is modeled after golf's Ryder Cup.[1], but unlike the Ryder Cup, the Continental Cup has never been held outside of North America nor has it been a regular, biennial event. The inaugural Continental Cup was held in 2002 but was held only three times between 2005 and 2010. Since 2011, however, the Continental Cup has been an annual competition.

As of 2020, Team North America/Team Canada has won the Continental Cup ten times. Team World/Europe has won the Cup six times.

Competition Overview[edit]

The Continental Cup pits curling teams from North America in a competition against teams from Europe and Asia, with each side of the competition represented by six curling teams. For the majority of the Continental Cup competitions, Team North America has competed against a varied combination of teams designated as Team World. Team Canada has exclusively represented North America twice (2015 & 2020). During those same years, a formally designated Team Europe has been the opponent, though in many years the team formally named as Team World has only been represented by teams from European nations (2002-2007, 2013 and 2019). In all other years where Team World was formed, teams from China or Japan competed in the Continental Cup.

Curling Canada determines Team Canada's participants, based on previous Canada Cup, national championship, and CTRS standings. Team World's and Team Europe's representatives are generally determined by the World Curling Federation. For Team World/Europe, Sweden is the only country to have been formally been represented in each of the Continental Cup competitions, but only because Niklas Edin joined team Scotland in 2007, which was skipped by David Murdoch. Murdoch's team also welcomed Edin to form a Scotland-Sweden team in 2008, though Anette Norberg returned to the competition that year as well to represent Sweden. In 2011, Murdoch also skipped a Scottish-Swiss-German team composed of Ralph Stöckli, Andreas Lang, and Simon Strübin.

A list of the championships illustrates the variations in the competition's participants over the last two decades. It also illustrates that the majority of events have taken place in Canada, though four have taken place in the United States (in Las Vegas, Nevada).

Year Venue North America Score World / Europe
2002 Regina, Saskatchewan

Canada David Nedohin, Randy Ferbey, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque
Canada Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary-Anne Waye, Nancy Delahunt
United States Patti Lank, Erika Brown, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson
Canada Kelley Law, Julie Skinner, Georgina Wheatcroft, Diane Dezura
Canada Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett
United States Paul Pustovar, Mike Fraboni, Geoff Goodland, Richard Maskel

207–193
[1][2]

Switzerland Luzia Ebnöther, Carmen Küng, Tanya Frei, Nadia Röthlisberger
Sweden Elisabet Gustafson, Katarina Nyberg, Louise Marmont, Elisabeth Persson
Sweden Peja Lindholm, Tomas Nordin, Magnus Swartling, Peter Narup
Scotland Hammy McMillan, Norman Brown, Hugh Aitken, Roger McIntyre
Scotland Rhona Martin, Debbie Knox, Fiona MacDonald, Janice Rankin
Norway Pål Trulsen, Lars Vågberg, Flemming Davanger, Bent Ånund Ramsfjell

2003 Thunder Bay, Ontario

Canada Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson
Canada David Nedohin, Randy Ferbey, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque
United States Pete Fenson, Eric Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, John Shuster
Canada Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary-Anne Waye, Nancy Delahunt
United States Debbie McCormick, Allison Pottinger, Ann Swisshelm Silver, Tracy Sachtjen
Canada Sherry Middaugh, Kirsten Wall, Andrea Lawes, Sheri Cordina

179–208
[1][2]

Sweden Peja Lindholm, Tomas Nordin, Magnus Swartling, Peter Narup
Scotland Jackie Lockhart, Shelia Swan, Katriona Fairweather, Anne Laird
Scotland Hammy McMillan, Norman Brown, Hugh Aitken, Roger McIntyre
Norway Dordi Nordby, Hanne Woods, Marianne Haslum, Camilla Holth
Sweden Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Norberg, Helena Lingham
Norway Pål Trulsen, Lars Vågberg, Flemming Davanger, Bent Ånund Ramsfjell

2004 Medicine Hat, Alberta

Canada Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson
Canada David Nedohin, Randy Ferbey, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque
Canada Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary-Anne Waye, Nancy Delahunt
United States Patti Lank, Erika Brown, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson
Canada Marie-France Larouche, Karo Gagnon, Annie Lemay, Véronique Grégoire
United States Jason Larway, Doug Pottinger, Joel Larway, Bill Todhunter

228–172
[1][2]

Switzerland Luzia Ebnöther, Carmen Küng, Yvonne Schlunegger, Laurence Bidaud
Sweden Peja Lindholm, Tomas Nordin, Magnus Swartling, Peter Narup
Scotland David Murdoch, Craig Wilson, Neil Murdoch, Euan Byers
Norway Dordi Nordby, Linn Githmark, Marianne Haslum, Camilla Holth
Sweden Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, Anna Bergström
Germany Sebastian Stock, Daniel Herberg, Stephan Knoll, Patrick Hoffman

2006 Chilliwack, British Columbia

United States Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joe Polo, Doug Pottinger
Canada Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab
Canada Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Saunders, Christine Keshen
United States Debbie McCormick, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson, Tracy Sachtjen
Canada Jean-Michel Ménard, François Roberge, Éric Sylvain, Maxime Elmaleh
Canada Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons

171–229
[1][2]

Scotland David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith, Euan Byers
Sweden Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, Anna Svärd
Switzerland Mirjam Ott, Binia Feltscher-Beeli, Valeria Spälty, Janine Greiner
Germany Andrea Schöpp, Monika Wagner, Anna Hartelt, Tina Tichatschke
Norway Pål Trulsen, Lars Vågberg, Flemming Davanger, Bent Ånund Ramsfjell
Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi, Kalle Kiiskinen, Jani Sullanmaa, Teemu Salo

2007 Medicine Hat, Alberta

United States Todd Birr, Bill Todhunter, Greg Johnson, Kevin Birr
Canada Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque
Canada Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill
Canada Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin
United States Debbie McCormick, Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson
Canada Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons

290–110
[1][2]

Denmark Angelina Jensen, Madeleine Dupont, Denise Dupont, Camilla Jensen
Germany Andy Kapp, Andreas Lang, Holger Höhne, Andreas Kempf
ScotlandSweden David Murdoch, Niklas Edin, Peter Smith, Euan Byers
Russia Liudmila Privivkova, Olga Zharkova, Nkeiruka Ezekh, Ekaterina Galkina
Switzerland Andreas Schwaller, Ralph Stöckli, Thomas Lips, Damian Grichting
Scotland Kelly Wood, Jackie Lockhart, Lorna Vevers, Lindsay Wood

2008 Camrose, Alberta

United States Craig Brown, Rich Ruohonen, John Dunlop, Peter Annis
Canada Stefanie Lawton, Marliese Kasner, Teejay Surik, Lana Vey
United States Debbie McCormick, Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Tracy Sachtjen
Canada Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin
Canada Kevin Koe, Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen
Canada Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert

192–208
[1]

ScotlandSweden David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Niklas Edin, Euan Byers
Sweden Anette Norberg, Kajsa Bergström, Cathrine Lindahl, Anna Svard
Switzerland Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schäfer, Valeria Spalty, Janine Greiner
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Havard Vad Petersson
China Wang Bingyu, Liu Yin, Yue Qingshuang, Zhou Yan
China Wang Fengchun, Liu Rui, Xu Xiaoming, Zang Jialiang

2011 St. Albert, Alberta

Canada Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Morris
United States Erika Brown, Nina Spatola, Ann Swisshelm, Laura Hallisey
United States Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joe Polo, Ryan Brunt
Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin
Canada Kevin Koe, Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen
Canada Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert

298–102
[3]

Sweden Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll
Scotland Switzerland Germany David Murdoch, Ralph Stöckli, Andreas Lang, Simon Strübin
Switzerland Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schäfer, Carmen Küng, Janine Greiner
Germany Andrea Schöpp, Monika Wagner, Corinna Scholz, Stella Heiss
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson
China Wang Bingyu, Liu Yin, Yue Qingshuang, Zhou Yan

2012 Langley, British Columbia

United States Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joe Polo, Ryan Brunt
Canada Amber Holland, Kim Schneider, Tammy Schneider, Heather Kalenchuk
Canada Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig Savill
United States Patti Lank, Nina Spatola, Caitlin Maroldo, Mackenzie Lank
Canada Stefanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner
Canada Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers, Ben Hebert

165–235
[4]

Scotland Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow
Sweden Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton
Sweden Anette Norberg, Cecilia Östlund, Sara Carlsson, Liselotta Lennartsson
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson
China Wang Bingyu, Sun Yue, Yue Qingshuang, Zhou Yan

2013 Penticton, British Columbia

Canada Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig Savill
Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin
Canada Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert
United States Heath McCormick, Bill Stopera, Martin Sather, Dean Gemmell
Canada Heather Nedohin, Beth Iskiw, Jessica Mair, Laine Peters
United States Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson, Tabitha Peterson

37–23
[5]

Scotland Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow
Sweden Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton
Switzerland Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schäfer, Carmen Küng, Janine Greiner
Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria Wennerström
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson

2014 Las Vegas, Nevada

United States Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm
Canada Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle
Canada Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden
Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen
United States John Shuster, Jeff Isaacson, Jared Zezel, John Landsteiner
Canada Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers, Mark Nichols

36–24
[6]

Sweden Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll
Japan Satsuki Fujisawa, Miyo Ichikawa, Emi Shimizu, Chiaki Matsumura
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton
Scotland David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews
Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria Wennerström
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson

Year Venue Canada Score Europe
2015 Calgary, Alberta

Ontario Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle
Ontario Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden
Manitoba Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen
Manitoba Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld
Alberta John Morris, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen
Alberta Valerie Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Brown

42–18

Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Kristian Lindström, Christoffer Sundgren
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid
Scotland David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow
Russia Anna Sidorova, Margarita Fomina, Alexandra Saitova, Ekaterina Galkina
Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria Wennerström
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson

Year Venue North America Score World
2016 Las Vegas, Nevada

Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen
Canada Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle
United States Erika Brown, Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson
Canada Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert
Canada Pat Simmons, John Morris, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen
United States John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner

30½–29½

Switzerland Alina Pätz, Nadine Lehmann, Marisa Winkelhausen, Nicole Schwägli
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid
Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Kristian Lindström, Christoffer Sundgren
Japan Ayumi Ogasawara, Sayaka Yoshimura, Kaho Onodera, Anna Ohmiya
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson
China Zang Jialiang, Xu Xiaoming, Ba Dexin, Wang Jinbo

2017 Las Vegas, Nevada Canada Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert
United States Heath McCormick, Chris Plys, Korey Dropkin, Tom Howell
Canada Reid Carruthers, Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski, Colin Hodgson
Canada Chelsea Carey, Amy Nixon, Jocelyn Peterman, Laine Peters
United States Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger, Monica Walker
Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen
37–23 Denmark Rasmus Stjerne, Johnny Frederiksen, Oliver Dupont, Troels Harry
Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson
Sweden Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs
Japan Satsuki Fujisawa, Mari Motohashi, Chinami Yoshida, Yurika Yoshida
Switzerland Binia Feltscher, Irene Schori, Franziska Kaufmann, Christine Urech
2018 London, Ontario Canada Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert
United States John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner
Canada Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker
Canada Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle
United States Nina Roth, Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving, Becca Hamilton
Canada Michelle Englot, Kate Cameron, Leslie Wilson-Westcott, Raunora Westcott
30½–30[1] Switzerland Peter de Cruz, Benoît Schwarz, Claudio Pätz, Valentin Tanner
Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren
Norway Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson
Sweden Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs
Japan Satsuki Fujisawa, Mari Motohashi, Chinami Yoshida, Yurika Yoshida
Switzerland Silvana Tirinzoni, Manuela Siegrist, Esther Neuenschwander, Marlene Albrecht
2019 Las Vegas, Nevada Canada Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker
Canada Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle
Canada Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jocelyn Peterman, Dawn McEwen
Canada Kevin Koe, B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch, Ben Hebert
United States John Shuster, Christopher Plys, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner
United States Jamie Sinclair, Sarah Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Monica Walker
26–34 Switzerland Peter de Cruz, Benoît Schwarz, Sven Michel, Valentin Tanner
Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren
Sweden Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs
Scotland Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hammy McMillan Jr.
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds, Vicki Chalmers, Lauren Gray
Switzerland Silvana Tirinzoni, Alina Pätz, Esther Neuenschwander, Melanie Barbezat
Year Venue Canada Score Europe
2020 London, Ontario

Alberta Brendan Bottcher, Darren Moulding, Brad Thiessen, Karrick Martin
Alberta Chelsea Carey, Sarah Wilkes, Dana Ferguson, Rachel Brown
Ontario John Epping, Ryan Fry, Matt Camm, Brent Laing
Manitoba Tracy Fleury, Selena Njegovan, Liz Fyfe, Kristin MacCuish
Ontario Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle
Alberta Kevin Koe, B. J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch, Ben Hebert

22.5–37.5

Switzerland Peter de Cruz, Benoît Schwarz, Sven Michel, Valentin Tanner
Sweden Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren
Sweden Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs
Scotland Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hammy McMillan Jr.
Scotland Eve Muirhead, Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright
Switzerland Silvana Tirinzoni, Alina Pätz, Esther Neuenschwander, Melanie Barbezat

1 The event was tied 30–30 after completion of the skins events, so to break the tie, each team selected one thrower to draw to the button, with North America's Brad Gushue coming closer to Team World's Thomas Ulsrud.

Competition format and scoring[edit]

Currently, the Continental Cup competition consists of five event categories in eleven draws taking place over four days. The events include (1) two draws of traditional team play (one men's and one women's), (2) two draws of team scrambles (one men's and one women's), (3) three draws of mixed doubles, (4) two mixed team scrambles, and (5) two skins games.[7] Each draw of each event contributes to a single overall score for the competing teams. For either team to claim the Continental Cup, therefore, a minimum majority of the points must be cumulatively attained from the results in the combined events over eleven draws.

The current points system was implemented in 2013. The minimum majority of the points is 30½ points.[8] Currently, for the first nine draws, all match-ups earn only one point for the winner, and a half-point for a tie.[7] In 2019, the Competition had an extra mixed doubles draw and one draw of mixed scrambles, fifteen points were allocated to each skins draw.[9] The 2020 reorganization establishing the current format also allowed the scoring to allocate 18 points for the final skins draw.[7] As a result, only 27 points are now available over the first three days and nine draws, with 33 points available on the final day in the skins games.

The current competition evolved through different formats. Historically, the Cup consisted of four events – teams, mixed doubles, team scrambles, and "singles", the last of these being contests in which the teams competed in a series of skills. The two major changes were the elimination of the singles events, and the reduction of traditional team play, with increased mixed doubles and introduction of mixed scrambles. Prior to 2013, the minimum majority of the points was also 201 points.[10] The format and scoring were revamped to heighten the stakes of each day of play, with the highest stakes on the final day of competition.

Teams[edit]

The traditional team component of the Continental Cup currently consists of six eight-end games, with each team playing a single traditional game. One point is awarded to the winner, with a half point if the game is tied after eight ends.[9]

Prior to 2013, there were only twelve team curling games,[10] with six points awarded to the winner of each game. From 2013 to 2018 there were eighteen team games split into six draws.[8] In 2019, twelve of these games were replaced by two rounds of team scrambles, one round of mixed scrambles (3 games) and an extra round of mixed doubles. Thus, as of 2019, each of the teams in their normal tour constellations only competed as such once. Currently, the remainder of the four person teams are allocated to team scrambles (two draws, one men's and one women's) and two mixed scrambles (currently two draws).[7]

Results[edit]

Year Team winner Points
2002 North America 48–24
2003 Europe 42–30
2004 North America 45–27
2006 Tie 36–36
2007 Tie 36–36
2008 World 45–27
2011 North America 60–12
2012 Tie 36–36
2013 North America 11–7
2014 North America 12½–5½
2015 Canada 14–4
2016 North America 10–8
2017 North America 11–7
2018 North America 9½–8½
2019 World 5½–½
2020 Europe 5–1

Mixed doubles[edit]

Until 2020, the mixed doubles component consists of twelve games, with each player competing in one mixed doubles game. One point is awarded to the winner, with a half point if the game is tied after eight ends.[9] In 2020, the number of games was reduced to 9, such that each player must play in one mixed doubles game and or one of the mixed scrambles.

Prior to 2007, each team consisted of two sweepers and two throwers, where one man and one woman was to play each position. By tradition, each men's rink was paired with a women's rink to make two teams for this event, with each mixed team being given as the names of the two throwers. All 24 players on each side were required to play in either a sweeping or throwing role in this format. Starting in 2007, however, sweepers were eliminated to create a true "doubles" game, and any sweeping is to be done by either the thrower or the skip. In the past, six points would have been given for a win, and three points would have been given for a tie.

The rules from this event (with the 2007 revision) were later adopted as a separate curling discipline with the inauguration of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in 2008, and became an Olympic discipline ten years later.

Results[edit]

Year Mixed doubles winner Points
2002 World 24–12
2003 North America 24–12
2004 North America 21–15
2006 North America 24–12
2007 North America 27–9
2008 World 27–9
2011 North America 30–6
2012 World 30–6
2013 North America 4½–1½
2014 North America 4–2
2015 Canada 4½–1½
2016 World 7½–4½
2017 North America 8–4
2018 Tie 6–6
2019 World 8–4
2020 Europe 6½–2½

Team scramble[edit]

The team scramble competition was added to the Cup in 2019. The men's and women's teams are mixed up into same-gender lineups. No team may consist of a front-end or back-end from the same team. As of 2019, there are six games, each worth one point, with a half point if the game is tied after eight ends.[9]

Results[edit]

Year Team scramble winner Points
2019 World 4–2
2020 Europe 4–2

Mixed team scramble[edit]

The mixed team scramble competition was also added to the 2019 event. In 2020, this consisted of two draws (of three games each) but scrambled with four players so that they none can play with their normal mixed teams. In one round, one team from each side is be skipped by a female player, and for the other round, the teams are skipped by a male player. One point is awarded to the winner, with a half-point if the game is tied after eight ends.[7]

Results[edit]

Year Mixed team scramble winner Points
2019 North America 6–0
2020 Europe 5–1

Skins[edit]

The final event, and the event worth the most points,[10] is the skins portion. As of the most recent cup, 33 points can be claimed in the combined skins draws, meaning that neither team can clinch the Continental Cup until the skins games are played. As of 2013, there were a total of five points, with half-point skins in the first six ends of the game and one-point skins in the final two ends.[8] In 2020, this was modified so each skins game was worth six points, with a total of eighteen points available for the final draw. Prior to 2013, teams could claim 260 points in the skins games, and the points were distributed in an uneven manner through each of the eight ends, resulting in a different total point value for each skins game, but in 2019 this was changed to the current scoring system so that at least half of the points were up for grabs on the final day of play.[9]

In order for a team to claim a skin, the team must either score at least two points with the hammer or force a steal without the hammer. In the skins competitions, blank ends will turn the hammer over to the opposing team. If after eight ends there remain points to be claimed, a draw to the button determines which team will get the points.[10]

The points for the skins games were distributed as follows:

Points per game End
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
6 points (2020–present*) ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1
5 points (2013–present*) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
20 points (2007–2012) 1 1 2 2 2 2 4 6
30 points (2002–2006) 2 2 3 3 3 4 6 7
30 points (2007–2012) 1 1 3 3 3 4 6 9
40 points (2002–2006) 2 2 4 4 5 6 7 10
55 points (2007–2012) 4 4 5 6 6 8 10 12
60 points (2002–2006) 4 4 6 6 7 9 11 13


From 2002 to 2007, there were six skins games, three men's and three women's, with the games worth 30, 40, and 60 points. The games were typically referred to as the "A", "B", and "C" games. From 2007 to 2012, eight skins games were played. Three were worth 20 points, three were worth 30 points and the remaining two were worth 55 points. Three men's skins games and three women's skins games were played, with the remaining "A" and "B" game featuring mixed teams. The teams playing in the featured games, also known as the "C" games, were required to contribute two players, one male and one female, to both mixed skins games, while the teams playing in the "A" skins game must contribute two players, one male and one female, to the "B" mixed skins game, and vice versa. The featured skins game was played on the last day of competition, while the others were played on the same day as the singles events. With the exception of the men's feature game in the 2003 cup, which was only played to seven ends with 13 points on the line in the eighth, all skins games are played to their conclusion, even if the Continental Cup has been clinched by one side partway through, or before all matches have been played (as was the case in 2007, when North America had clinched the Continental Cup before either of the feature skins game were played).

Results[edit]

Year Skins winner Points Men's feature game Women's feature game
2002 North America 139–121 Canada Kevin Martin 43–17 Sweden Peja Lindholm Canada Colleen Jones 41–19 Sweden Elisabet Gustafson
2003 Europe 134–113 Canada Randy Ferbey 30–17 Sweden Peja Lindholm Sweden Anette Norberg 60–0 Canada Sherry Middaugh
2004 North America 134–126 Canada Randy Ferbey 47–13 Sweden Peja Lindholm Sweden Anette Norberg 41–19 Canada Colleen Jones
2006 Europe 163–97 Canada Brad Gushue 43–17 Scotland David Murdoch Sweden Anette Norberg 32–28 Canada Shannon Kleibrink
2007 North America 199–61 Canada Glenn Howard 47–8 Scotland David Murdoch Canada Kelly Scott 33–22 Scotland Kelly Wood
2008 North America 150–110 Canada Kevin Martin 40–15 Norway Thomas Ulsrud Sweden Anette Norberg 41–14 Canada Jennifer Jones
2011 North America 186–64 Canada Kevin Martin 39–16 Norway Thomas Ulsrud Canada Cheryl Bernard 42–13 China Wang Bingyu
2012 World 145–115 Norway Thomas Ulsrud 35–20 Canada Jeff Stoughton China Wang Bingyu 30–25 Canada Stefanie Lawton
2013 North America 17½–12½ Canada Glenn Howard 3–2 Norway Thomas Ulsrud Canada Jennifer Jones 4–1 Switzerland Mirjam Ott
2014 North America 18½–11½ Canada Brad Jacobs 4–1 Norway Thomas Ulsrud United States Erika Brown 3–2 Scotland Eve Muirhead
2015 Canada 20–10 Canada Brad Jacobs 4–1 Scotland David Murdoch Canada Jennifer Jones 2½–2½ Scotland Eve Muirhead
2016 North America 16–14 Sweden Niklas Edin 4–1 Canada Kevin Koe Canada Jennifer Jones 4–1 Scotland Eve Muirhead
2017 North America 18–12 Canada Reid Carruthers 3½–1½ Sweden Niklas Edin Sweden Anna Hasselborg 3–2 Canada Jennifer Jones
2018 World 15½–14½ Norway Thomas Ulsrud 3–2 Canada Brad Gushue Switzerland Silvana Tirinzoni 3–2 Canada Rachel Homan
2019 World 16½–13½ Canada Kevin Koe 3½–1½ Scotland Bruce Mouat Canada Rachel Homan 2½–2½ Scotland Eve Muirhead
2020 Europe 17–16 Switzerland Peter de Cruz 4–2 Canada Brendan Bottcher Canada Rachel Homan 4–2 Scotland Eve Muirhead

Singles[edit]

The singles competition is akin to a skills competition. There are six singles matches (three women's and three men's), with one point given to the winner of each match. In the past, four points would be given to the winner of each match, and eight bonus points would be awarded to the team with the higher aggregate score for the singles events. By convention, each of the matches pit teams against each other. Prior to 2007, one team member was to throw all six shots, while the non-throwers must sweep or skip for the thrower. Beginning in 2007, however, each member of the team must make at least one shot, and no member may make more than two shots. The singles event was discontinued in 2016.

Each singles match is determined based on a points system (with 0 for missing the shot entirely, 1 if the shot remains in play but outside the house, and higher points based on where the shooter eventually lands, up to a maximum of 5 points if the shooter reaches the button), and the team with the higher score wins the game. Three of the shots must be in-turns, while the other three must be out-turns, with the shots set up according to their chosen type of turn. The six shots are as follows:

  • the runthrough — the shooter must hit their own center guard, which then must hit an opposing rock at the back of the button. The position of the hit guard determines the point value of the shot.
  • the draw to the button - a simple draw to the button.
  • the draw through a port - the shooter must draw their rock between two opposing rocks (a corner guard and a center guard on the opposite side of the center line). Points are only awarded if the thrown rock passes through the two opposing rocks without hitting either rock.
  • the raise - the shooter must hit their own centre guard so that the guard is raised into the house. The position of the raised guard determines the point value of the shot.
  • the hit-and-roll - the shooter must hit an opposing stone on a corner guard outside the house and then roll towards the center of the house. The hit stone must be completely removed from play in order to score points.
  • the double takeout - the shooter must remove two opposing stones, one at the top of the four-foot and one at the back of the button. Both stones must be completely removed from play in order to score points. The position of the shooter determines the point value of the shot.

To determine the singles matchups, one team captain must choose one rink while the other captain chooses the rink opposing them. One captain will choose first for the first women's matchup and the second men's matchup, while the other captain chooses first for the first men's matchup and the second women's matchup. All women's games are completed before the men's games, and all shots of one type must be completed before the next shot is done. The team throwing first in one shot (which will be the same team in all three matches) will throw second in the next shot. The right to make the first shot in the runthrough alternates between the two teams every year.

Results[edit]

Year Team winner Points Top men's team (points) Top women's team (points)
2002 Europe 24–8 Canada Kevin Martin (27) Sweden Katarina Nyberg (24)
2003 Europe 20–12 Sweden Magnus Swartling (22) Norway Marianne Haslum (15)
2004 North America 28–4 Canada Randy Ferbey (21) United States Patti Lank (20)
2006 Europe 18–14 Norway Flemming Davanger (22)
Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi (22)
Canada Kelly Scott (22)
2007 North America 28–4 Canada Team Glenn Howard (26) Canada Team Jennifer Jones (26)
2008 World 22–10 China Team Wang Fengchun (20) China Team Wang Bingyu (18)
2011 North America 22–10 Canada Team Kevin Martin (27) Canada Team Jennifer Jones (16)
Switzerland Team Mirjam Ott (16)
2012 World 24–8 Canada Team Jeff Stoughton (25) China Team Wang Bingyu (21)
2013 North America 4-2 Canada Team Glenn Howard (22) United States Team Allison Pottinger (18)
Switzerland Team Mirjam Ott (18)
2014 World 5–1 Norway Team Thomas Ulsrud (18) Sweden Team Margaretha Sigfridsson (24)
2015 Canada 3½–2½ Norway Team Thomas Ulsrud (23) Canada Team Rachel Homan (20)
Canada Team Jennifer Jones (20)

Similar events in other sports[edit]

References[edit]

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