Bernard to bring Olympic team to Curling Classic

Cheryl Bernard will bring her Vancouver Winter Olympics silver medalist foursome to Red Deer next week for the Curling Classic at the Red Deer Curling Centre and Michener Hill.

Cheryl Bernard will bring her Vancouver Winter Olympics silver medalist foursome to Red Deer next week for the Curling Classic at the Red Deer Curling Centre and Michener Hill.

The Calgary foursome, which also consists of third Susan O’Connor, second Carolyn Darbyshire and lead Cori Morris, is one of 32 women’s rinks entered in the four-day event starting Nov. 5. The men’s division has 24 teams.

The women’s division will feature an international flavour with the presence of Eve Muirhead of Scotland, Sastsuki Fujisawa of Japan and Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

Other rinks of note are skipped by Cathy Overton Clapham of Winnipeg, Heather Nedohin of Edmonton, Kelley Law of New Westminster, B.C., Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie and Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary.

The men’s side will also feature three international rinks — skipped by Claudio Pescia and Manuel Ruch of Switzerland, and Yusuke Morozumi of Japan. Also entered are the likes of Don Walchuk of Edmonton, Steve Petryk of Calgary as well as Lee Hodgson of Lacombe and Rob Armitage and Lowell Peterman of Red Deer.

Advance tickets for all four days are available at the Michener Hill Curling Club and Red Deer Curling Centre for $25. Tournament passes will also be available at the door for $30.

Day passes are $10.