TEAM MUIRHEAD STARTS NEW SEASON AT GRAND SLAM EVENT
Team Muirhead will start their Olympic season at the Grand Slam of Curling (GSOC) tour event in Regina, Canada. In their first competitive outing since they earned their Team GB selection for PyeongChang, Skip Eve Muirhead and her Sochi bronze medallist team mates feel they have never been better prepared at the start of their competition schedule, which sees them face some of the best teams in the world from the outset.
“After kicking off the on-ice training season in the best possible way at the newly opened National Curling Academy (NCA), our preparation for the coming season has been one of the best I have ever experienced and I know I can vouch for all of the team as well,” she said.
“Our first competition of the year is straight in at the deep end playing in a Grand Slam event in Regina. The tour challenge is a strong field with the top fifteen ranked teams in the world order of merit.”
Team Muirhead is one of four rinks representing Scottish hopes at the Slam event. They are joined by fellow Team GB Winter Olympic representatives Team Smith who will also be competing in the Tier 1 event in the men’s tournament. Team Smith’s alternate Glen Muirhead will be off the bench for this event getting the chance to compete in the rink skipped by four time world champion Glenn Howard, who is also Team Muirhead’s tactical coach.
In the Tier 2 women’s event, Scottish Championship finalists Team Fleming will be making their season debut at this event, with Team Drummond skipped by Greg Drummond and his new look rink for the year taking part in the Tier 2 men’s event.
Following the Slam, Team Muirhead continue their Canadian campaign by returning to Edmonton where they finished runners up last year at the HDF Shoot out.
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