Saskatchewan’s Amber Holland will represent Canada for the first time this weekend as her Canadian Champion rink heads to Esbjerg, Denmark for the World Women’s Curling Championship. For the first time since the World Men’s and World Women’s Championships became separate events in 2005, there will be round robin coverage of the event that is taking place outside of Canada. In the past TSN, and CBC before them, only aired the semi final and final. This year between TSN and TSN2, 6 Canadian round robin games will be aired, along with both page playoff games.
TSN will send its top curling broadcast team of Vic Rauter, Russ Howard and Linda Moore to Esbjerg to call all the action. After dropping the ball two years ago when TSN kept their commentators in studio in Toronto, instead of sending them to Korea for the 2009 World Women’s, TSN is making a good decision.
Most of the top teams will be featured on TSN. Here are the teams we will see in action.
Canada: Amber Holland (2011 Scotties champion)
Germany: Andrea Schopp (2010 World champion)
China: Wang Bingyu (2009 World champion)
Denmark: Lene Nielsen
Scotland: Anna Sloan* (2011 World Junior champion)
Sweden: Anette Norberg (2006 and 2010 Olympic champion)
Switzerland: Mirjam Ott (2002 and 2006 Olympic silver medalist)
United States: Patti Lank (1999 World silver medalist)
*The Anna Sloan rink is composed of 3/4s of Eve Muirhead’s 2011 World Junior Championship rink from just a couple weeks ago in Perth, Scotland. Sloan moves up from 3rd to skip and Claire Hamilton is the team’s 3rd. Muirhead, who Sloan defeated in the Scottish Championship, has joined the team as an alternate.
Here is TSN’s broadcast schedule:
Saturday 3/19, 4:00am – Canada vs. China – TSN (encore at 10:30pm on TSN2)
Sunday 3/20, 10:30pm – Canada vs. Denmark – TSN2 (tape delay)
Monday 3/21, 4:00am – Canada vs. Scotland – TSN (encore at 2pm)
Tuesday 3/22, 2:00pm – Canada vs. United States – TSN
Wednesday 3/23, 9:00am – Canada vs. Switzerland – TSN (encore at 8pm on TSN2)
Thursday 3/24, 9:00am – Canada vs. Germany – TSN (encore at 2pm)
Friday 3/25, 2:00pm – Page Playoff 1 vs. 2 – TSN
Saturday 3/26, 5:00am – Page Playoff 3 vs. 4 – TSN
Saturday 3/26, 10:00am – Semi Final – TSN (encore at 8pm on TSN2)
Sunday 3/27, 9:00am – Championship – TSN (encore at 8pm on TSN2)