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Two BC teams prepare for Olympic Pre-Trials

Two curling teams from BC will have a chance to take a significant step toward their gold-medal dreams when the 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials gets underway Monday at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I.

Team Thompson from Kamloops and Team Morris from Vernon will be among the 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams playing off in Summerside, pursuing the final two berths available to each gender into the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa.

That’s where Canada’s men’s and women’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be decided — the teams that will attempt to defend the gold medals won by Team Jennifer Jones and Team Brad Jacobs at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar kicks off with two rounds of competition on Monday — at 12 noon and 4 p.m. Pacific. Then, from Tuesday through Friday, it will be four round-robin draws per day — at 4 a.m., 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Pacific.

On the men’s side, John Morris, who won gold playing third for Kevin Martin in 2010 at Vancouver, is skipping his team of Jim Cotter from Vernon, Tyrel Griffith from Kelowna and Catlin Schneider from Saskatchewan.

Morris, Cotter and Griffith also participated in the 2013 Road to the Roar, and along with Brad Jacobs qualified for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg. Those teams would meet in the Roar of the Rings final, with Jacobs coming out on top.

Karla Thompson of Kamloops is joined by Coquitlam’s Kristen Recksiedler, Abbotsford’s Shannon Joanisse and Port Moody’s Trysta Vandale.

CLICK HERE to see the complete draw for the 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar.

Live scoring will be available at www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

TSN/RDS, Curling Canada’s longtime broadcast partner for Season of Champions events, will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the closing weekend playoff draws in Summerside. CLICK HERE for the TSN/RDS broadcast schedule.

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