Overseas winners finalized for 2010 Ford Women's World Curling Championship in Swift Current
Eight European women’s curling rinks have punched their tickets for Swift Current following the finals of the European Curling Championships in Scotland this past weekend.
Earning top eight spots at the European qualifying event for the FordWomen’sWorld Curling Championships in Swift Current on March 20 to 28 were: Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Norway and Latvia.
The Le Gruyere European Championships in Aberdeen boasted 51 rinks from 30 different European countries competing for spots at the men’s and women’s worlds.
In the European Curling Championship gold medal final, Germany’s Andrea Schopp won her seventh championship by downing defending champion Mirjam Ott of Switzerland by a 7-5 score.
The 12-team women’s championship will also feature teams representing China and Japan following their qualification at the 2009 Pacific Curling Championships in Japan from Nov. 12 to 19. In the Pacific qualifying championship final, reigning women’s world champion Bingyu Wang of China earned a 10-3 win over Moe Meguro and Team Japan.
Rounding out the field of teams will be the United States and Team Canada. Canada’s representatives will be crowned at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sault Ste. Marie from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7. The U.S. representative will be determined at the Americas Challenge in North Dakota on Feb. 5 to 7.
Confirmed teams for the 2010 Ford Women’sWorld Curling Championships are. Team Germany – skip Andrea Schopp. Team Switzerland – skip Mirjam Ott. Team Denmark – skip Angelina Jensen. Team Russia – skip Liudmilla Privivkova. Team Sweden – skip Anette Norberg. Team Scotland – skip Eve Muirhead. Team Norway – skip Marianne Rorvik. Team Latvia – skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune. Team China – skip BingyuWang. Team Japan – skip Moe Meguro.