Welcome everyone to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Welcome everyone to Northlands Coliseum. Welcome everyone to the 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championships! How's that for an early 1990's WWF-throwback introduction?
Ok retro wrestling moments aside, the excitement on the world curling stage is at its annual plateau right now. The World Women's Curling Championships just wrapped up in Beijing and here we are ready to get going on the path to crowning our world men's champion. How can you not get excited?
This is a huge world championship event. Not only do we have the added pressure on every team competing to try and bring home a gold medal but this is the final opportunity for nations to earn qualification points for the 2018 Winter Olympics. For some teams the path is pretty set in stone and only a formality. For some, there will be work needed over the next week to secure a spot. And for others, their backs are firmly up against the wall and it will take a STRONG result (perhaps a championship win) to move on the positive side of the red cut line. But more on that in a moment.