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Brad Gushue rink will be representing the continent again

Lisa Weagle begins sweeping a rock thrown by Brad Gushue during their mixed doubles game at the Continental Cup curling competition in London Ont., on Thursday. Gushue teamed with Weagle to defeat Oskar Eriksson and Anna Hasselborg of Sweden 7-3. The Continental Cup sees players representing North America take on those from the rest of the world in regular-format curling games, mixed doubles and skins games. In a Thursday evening draw, Gushue and his regular teammates — Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker — downed Peter de Cruz of Switzerland 7-2. — Michael Burns photo
In this file photo, Lisa Weagle begins sweeping a rock thrown by Brad Gushue during their mixed doubles game at the 2018 Continental Cup curling competition in London Ont.. The Continental Cup sees players representing North America take on those from the rest of the world in regular-format curling games and skins games in addition to mixed doubles. The 2019 Continental Cup will be in Las Vegas and Gushue and his St. John's rinks will be competing in the event once again. — Michael Burns photo/Curling Canada

Brad Gushue and his St. John’s rink will once again be part of Team North America in the Continental Cup of curling.

North America is six-time defending champions of the event, which features mixed doubles, team and skins competitions and which will be held Jan. 17-20 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

In fact, it was Gushue who clinched the North American victory in the 2018 Continental Cup last January in London, Ont., as he beat Team World's Thomas Ulsrud on a draw to the button for the victory. It was the tiebreaker after both teams finished with 30 points apiece.

In addition to the Gushue rink, which also includes Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker, the 2019 North American squad features teams skipped by Colleen Jones, from Shanty Bay, Ont., Calgary's Kevin Koe, Rachel Homan of St. Paul, Alta., and American skips John Shuster and Jamie Sinclair. Jeff Stoughton will handle head coaching duties, with fellow Winnipegger Jill Officer as his assistant. American Pete Fenson will serve as captain.

Sweden's Anna Hasselborg and Niklas Edin headline the Team World roster. They'll be joined by Bruce Mouat and Eve Muirhead of Scotland and Silvana Tirinzoni and Peter de Cruz of Switzerland.

The winning side will earn $84,500 of the $130,000 total purse.

With files from The Canadian Press

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