October 1 - The teams have now been confirmed for curling's 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup.
The ninth edition of this unique international competition will take place from January 10 to 13 in Penticton, Canada, at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The Cup features six teams from North America competing against six teams representing the Rest of the World in various curling disciplines during the four days: team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and skins games.
Currently, North America and the World are tied at four wins apiece since the inaugural Continental Cup was held in 2002 in Regina.
Team World is comprised of squads skipped by Sweden's Niklas Edin (pictured top) and Margaretha Sigfridsson, Scotland's Tom Brewster and Eve Muirhead, Thomas Ulsrud and Norway Mirjam Ott of Switzerland.
Their captain will be former world champion from Scotland, David Hay.
Team North America will be represented by four teams from Canada – skipped by Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ontario, Kevin Martin and Heather Nedohin of Edmonton, Alberta, and Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and two teams from the United States - skipped by Heath McCormick of Sarnia, Ontario, and Allison Pottinger of St Paul, Minnesota.
Their captain will be the 2000 world champion and 2002 Olympic bronze medallist Kelley Law of Coquitlam.
"We have some of the best curlers around the world coming to Penticton," said host committee chair Kim Kirkham.
"The City of Penticton and our local curling communities are in for a real great show."
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