The time has arrived curling fans. The final event of the 2016/17 curling season is about to slide out of the hack at Calgary's famed Canada Olympic Park (or COP as we call it here in #yyc). The grand slam of curling takes centre stage as the final tour event with the Humpty's Champions Cup.
Last year marked the debut of this new grand slam event and, if you follow the #TwineTime blog, you will have read my excitement about the addition. What a perfect way to close a season! Let's bring back the big tour winners from the year, throw them on the ice of an iconic venue and let's just see who truly is the ultimate Champion of Champions for 2016/17. How can you not get excited?
Some teams participating this week in Calgary have not thrown a competitive rock in weeks or maybe months. A few others are just coming from an event in Europe. And one team has not had a week off in over a month. The question is which team strategy will prove to be the ultimate best decision? Do you take some time off to prepare for the final grand slam? Do you keep playing events hoping to remain in competitive peak performance? Or do you risk curling fatigue by over-scheduling yourself? All options have both good and bad possibilities. And all options can produce a grand slam champion OR an early slam exit.