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World Curling Tour / Champions Tour merger
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND AND LONDON, CANADA
JUNE 28, 2017

The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 250 championship curling events.

Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based CCT has grown rapidly and now boasts all the trademarks of traditional WCT events, attracting larger sponsors and delivering professional webstreamed or televised coverage.

Both tours have also recently expanded into the Pacific region, with high-powered curling championships now hosted in China, Korea and Japan.

“This is a great day for the Roaring Game,” said the WCT’s Gerry Geurts from London, Ontario, Canada. “As we begin another Olympic curling season, the official merger of the WCT and CCT into one organization clearly proves, once again, that curling is one of the fastest-growing winter sports in the world.”

“From the beginning, the CCT and WCT have worked closely together,” said CCT’s Armin Harder from Zurich, Switzerland. “CCT events have been incorporated and counted on the Order Of Merit points list. And the CCT’s beginnings have been largely based on the same ideas and principles as that of its close relative tour in North America.

“To the fans it has always seemed like one Tour, but in terms of operations they have been quite different. CCT has found it necessary to take a new business approach in order to face the challenges of forging into new curling markets. Today both organizations officially share that vision, and curling fans will benefit most.”

The combined Tour will bear the name of the World Curling Tour and feature new branding reminiscent of the Curling Champions Tour. A new website at the URL worldcurl.com will be launched shortly.

The World Curling Tour events will now be divided into two categories, a “WCT Masters Series” and a “WCT Challenger Series.” On top of that a “Champions Series” aka “Majors” will be created over the next few years, outside of Canada, to complement the popular Grand Slam of Curling series.

In the past two seasons a CCT World Mixed Doubles Tour has experienced explosive growth and popularity. Now poised to lead the development of more Mixed Doubles events in North America and Asia, the new World Curling Tour can better manage the fastest growing segment of the sport.

Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut as a full-medal sport at February’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Additional growth is planned for the Asia-Pacific Curling Tour, an expected World Junior Curling Tour and even a global Tour for Wheelchair Curling, an official Paralympic Games medal sport at Korea next year.

“The World Curling Tour now counts some 250 champion events taking place in 2017-18,” said Geurts. “We will work to increase the amount of streaming and TV coverage worldwide to showcase the Tour and its increasing number of events.”

“We will also continue expanding into new regions in hopes of developing new young teams, and providing them with a place to enjoy the sport and hone their skills,” said Harder. “These new athletes will be the engine for the future growth of our sport.”

For inquiries on the WCT scoring system, World Team Ranking (former OOM), draws and other IT-related matters, please contact Gerry Geurts at: gerry-at-curlingzone-dot-com

For inquiries on WCT Tour development, new events, marketing, sponsorship opportunities, television and internet streaming, please contact Armin Harder at: info-at-curlingchampionstour-dot-org

Order of Merit:
Top 20 Men: (as of 1503295548)
1.   Niklas Edin 538.756 
2.   Brad Gushue 520.532 
3.   Brad Jacobs 442.411 
4.   Reid Carruthers 404.461 
5.   Kevin Koe 383.170 
6.   John Epping 350.633 
7.   Mike McEwen 340.698 
8.   Kyle Smith 317.191 
9.   Peter De Cruz 288.500 
10.   Steve Laycock 280.250 
11.   Thomas Ulsrud 274.327 
12.   John Morris 271.841 
13.   Glenn Howard 185.301 
14.   Heath McCormick 184.990 
15.   John Shuster 176.679 
16.   Pat Simmons 176.153 
17.   Steffen Walstad 175.528 
18.   J Gunnlaugson 171.901 
19.   Greg Balsdon 165.608 
20.   Charley Thomas 161.735 
Full Standings
 
Order of Merit:
Top 20 Women: (as of 1503017377)
1.   Rachel Homan 494.594 
2.   Jennifer Jones 429.409 
3.   Anna Hasselborg 394.949 
4.   S Tirinzoni 386.589 
5.   Allison Flaxey 341.057 
6.   Val Sweeting 337.783 
7.   Eve Muirhead 303.251 
8.   C Scheidegger 271.942 
9.   Michelle Englot 264.412 
10.   Alina Paetz 240.035 
11.   Tracy Fleury 224.897 
12.   J Harrison 219.440 
13.   Anna Sidorova 215.751 
14.   M Sigfridsson 210.372 
15.   Sherry Middaugh 192.222 
16.   Bingyu Wang 190.768 
17.   Julie Tippin 181.782 
18.   Nina Roth 177.264 
19.   Jamie Sinclair 169.976 
20.   Kelsey Rocque 169.835 
Full Standings
Men's Money List
1. Edin $191,469
2. Jacobs $164,000
3. Gushue $140,395
4. Carruthers $120,200
5. Koe $107,000
6. Morris $94,762
7. McEwen $89,066
8. Epping $86,000
9. Smith $73,801
10. Laycock $69,000
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Women's Money List
1. Homan $132,500
2. Jones $121,897
3. Hasselborg $113,262
4. Tirinzoni $97,558
5. Sweeting $90,250
6. Flaxey $84,995
7. Scheidegger $74,500
8. Muirhead $56,697
9. Einarson $51,500
10. Fleury $47,203
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May 7, 1950
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Started Curling: 1962
Throws: Right
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Grand Slam of Curling

GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Sep 5 - 10, 2017

  »Regina, SK
  »2016 Champion: Sweeting, Val

GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Sep 5 - 10, 2017

  »Regina, SK
  »2016 Champion: Harrison, Jacqueline

WFG Masters
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Oct 24 - 29, 2017

  »Lloydminster, AB
  »2016 Champion: Flaxey, Allison

Boost National
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Nov 14 - 19, 2017

  »Sault Ste Marie, ON
  »2016 Champion: Einarson, Kerri

Meridian Canadian Open
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Jan 16 - 21, 2018

  »Camrose, AB
  »2017 Champion: Scheidegger, Casey

Westjet Players' Championship
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Apr 10 - 15, 2018

  »,
  »2017 Champion: Jones, Jennifer

Humpty's Champions Cup
WOMEN's GRAND SLAM
Apr 24 - 29, 2018

  »,
  »2017 Champion: Homan, Rachel

GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Sep 5 - 10, 2017

  »Regina, SK
  »2016 Champion: Edin, Niklas

GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Sep 5 - 10, 2017

  »Regina, SK
  »2016 Champion: Balsdon, Greg

WFG Masters
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Oct 24 - 29, 2017

  »Lloydminster, SK
  »2016 Champion: Edin, Niklas

Boost National
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Nov 14 - 19, 2017

  »Sault Ste Marie, ON
  »2016 Champion: Jacobs, Brad

Meridian Canadian Open
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Jan 16 - 21, 2018

  »Camrose, AB
  »2017 Champion: Gushue, Brad

Princess Auto Elite 10
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Mar 15 - 18, 2018

  »,
  »2017 Champion: Morris, John

Westjet Players' Championship
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Apr 10 - 15, 2018

  »Toronto, ON
  »2017 Champion: Edin, Niklas

Humpty's Champions Cup
MEN's GRAND SLAM
Apr 24 - 29, 2018

  »,
  »2017 Champion: Jacobs, Brad

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