2020 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

2020 Canadian Junior Curling Championships : The Championships, due to start tomorrow at the at the Crystal Ice Arena and conclude come back to the country after Curling last being hosted in Sochi in 2019 where the hosts made both finals New Holland Canadian against Scotland, winning the women’s World Junior Curling Championship and finishing runners-up in the men’s.The women’s defending champions are the hosts, skipped by Vlada Rumiantseva, who defeated Canada in last year’s final in Liverpool in Nova Scotia and will look to retain Curling New Holland Canadian.

Canada, though, are always expected to make finals and won both titles in 2015 and 2018, but also have two new teams this year. Switzerland made the men’s final last year which they lost to Canada and will look to build on that with a gold medal for the first time since 2014 and have not made a women’s final since 2005.

Despite incredible form in the senior set up, Sweden have only won two titles out of 20 in the past 10 years.Scotland have not won a women’s title since 2012 but lifted the men’s title in 2013 and 2016, making the final four every year since 2011.

Some of the sports greats who won a World Junior title include Swedish duo Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Eriksson, the 2019 world mixed doubles champions; Scotland’s Eve Muirhead; as well as one of Europe’s greatest ever curlers, Peja Lindholm.The men’s teams for the Championships will be Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.

The women’s teams will be Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland.The event is being held as part of the legacy from last year’s Winter Universiade, now renamed the Winter University Games, which was also hosted in the city.

Two Manitoba curling teams had their official send off Sunday before making their way to Russia to represent Team Canada in the world junior curling championships.Skips Mackenzie Zacharias, Jacques Gauthier and their rinks are heading overseas to play in the international competition held in the city of Krasnoyarsk starting Saturday.

The local curling community rallied around the two Manitoba teams at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club on Sunday.The hall was decked out in red and white. Curling played on television in the background as coaches and athletes from the women’s and men’s teams thanked their supporters — and roasted their teammates in front of family and friends.

Wearing matching dresses and heels, and suits and ties, respectively, the two teams said goodbye to their supporters back home.They will be facing a new crowd while surrounded by different sights and sounds in a foreign country.The women will be up against nine teams — Denmark, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Coach Sheldon Zacharias said they will be taking it play by play. “All we can do is play one game at a time. One step at a time, one rock at a time, one end at a time,” he said.”And if we can do that, and stay focused and play well, I think we should have some results in the end, but only time will tell.”

With two daughters on the team, he is both a proud dad and coach. His team will be facing all new competitors, which adds to the challenge.”It’s very exciting,” he said.For the first time, Manitoba skip Gauthier will be leading the men’s side at the world juniors.
The 21-year-old competed as an alternate on the world stage in Scotland two years ago, where he won gold alongside his cousins.

His team is grouped with nine international competitors: Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.The Winnipeg curling community gathered on Sunday for a send-off for two Canadian junior curling championship teams.

Team Gauthier and Team Zacharias, both from Winnipeg, will be representing Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships in Russia next weekend.”It’s pretty unbelievable, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a lot of people,” said Jacques Gauthier, skip for Team Canada Boys.

Both teams recently won national tournaments giving them the honour of representing Canada.”It’s so incredible it’s hard to believe that from the beginning of the season we’re here now, it’s been such a long time playing with these girls,” said Mackenzie Zacharias, skip for Team Canada Girls.

All proceeds from Sunday’s send-off, which took place at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, will be shared equally between the two teams and will help support them at Worlds. It was a big weekend for curling in the province, as both the men’s and women’s team representing Manitoba won gold at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley, B.C.

Not only did the win secure both teams a gold medal, but now they will represent Canada at the 2020 World Junior Curling Championships, which are being held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.Mackenzie Zacharias, who is the skip of the women’s team, said it was an incredible feeling winning the championship.

When we all realized at that moment that we’re Team Canada and we’re going on to Russia, and we just won the Canadian juniors, it was just indescribable,” she said.

Zacharias, who is from Altona, Man., said the team has been together since August, and despite not being together long, they have built good chemistry.

“It has worked out really well because we all love the sport so much and we love playing together.”The skip for the men’s team, Jacques Gauthier, said he still can’t believe his team won.

“It’s an incredible honor, a once in a lifetime opportunity, really and I think once we get our jackets in and all of our off ice gear it’s really going to hit us. I mean, right now, kind of still feels like we’re living a fairy tale,” said Gauthier.

He added that the men’s team is also fairly new and they tried to spend as much time together as possible to build up chemistry.

Zacharias, along with Karlee Burgess, Emily Zacharias, Lauren Lenentine and coach Sheldon, will represent Canada on the women’s side, while Gauthier, Jorden Peters, Brayden Payette, Zack Bilawka and coach John Lund, will wear the red and white for the men’s side.

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