The realization the 2018 Winter Olympics are just over a year away will set in quick this weekend in Brandon, MB. Seven of the top men's and women's curling teams in our nation will hit the ice at the Keystone Centre and compete for a coveted Roar of the Rings invite. The Roar of the Rings will take place next year in Ottawa, with the winning men's and women's teams earning the right to don the Maple Leaf and represent Canada in PyeongChang, South Korea.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves quite yet. There is still A LOT of curling to take place over the next year. Let's just consider this week's Canada Cup of Curling event as the official "kick in the ass" start on the Olympic road. Ok, yes I realize Team Homan, Team Jones and Team Koe already have their hotel reservations set in Ottawa. One year out from the trials though, the realization for all teams should sink in quick now....the struggle is real and qualifying for Ottawa is no easy feat!
Of course the Roar of the Rings spot is not the only thing on the line this week. The men's and women's champions also earn their spot on Team North America at the 2017 Continental Cup in Las Vegas this January. Who doesn't want a trip to Vegas right after New Year's to have some fun and win some money? #TeamCanada Speaking of money, the Canada Cup of Curling also has lots of that to go around with a total purse of $140K!!