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VERY UNOFFICIAL SUBJECTIVE RANKINGS

Men
1. Brad Jacobs (CAN)
2. Kevin Koe (CAN)
3. Niklas Edin (SWE)
4. Bruce Mouat (SCO)
5. John Epping (CAN)
6. Ross Paterson (SCO)
7. Brendan Bottcher (CAN)
8. Brad Gushue (CAN)
9. Glenn Howard (CAN)
10. Peter de Cruz (SUI)
11. John Shuster (USA)
12. Reid Carruthers (CAN)

Women
1. Rachel Homan (CAN)
2. Anna Hasselborg (SWE)
3. Kerri Einarson (CAN)
4. Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI)
5. Jennifer Jones (CAN)
6. Satsuki Fujisawa (JPN)
7. Chelsea Carey (CAN)
8. Casey Scheidegger (CAN)
9. Sayaka Yoshimura (JPN)
10. Tracy Fleury (CAN)
11. Darcy Robertson (CAN)
12. Anna Sidorova (RUS)

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MAJOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan. 17-20: Continental Cup, ESPN3
Made for TV event with North America vs. Europe

Jan. 18-23: World Qualification Event, Olympic Channel?
Top two men’s and women’s finishers qualify for World Championships.

Jan. 28-Feb. 3: World Cup third leg, Olympic Channel/NBCSN?
Odd four-leg event in first year

February-March: Championship season, see below

May 6-12: World Cup Grand Final
If you’re still playing this late in the season, congratulations.


U.S. Championships
Feb. 9-16

Legend:
aq-automatic qualifier
cq-qualified from Challenge Round
e-eliminated
dne-did not enter
wc-wild card for a junior team

Current very unofficial U.S. rankings, drawn from year-to-date Order of Merit (YTD, OOM) and a subjective look at results. HP – in High Performance program. Date: Jan. 1, 2019.

Men
1. John ShusterHP; 2018 Olympic gold medalist (aq)
2. Rich RuohonenHP; 2018 U.S. champion (aq)
3. Mark FennerHP; Has three recently graduated juniors (aq)
4. Andrew StoperaHP juniors (aq)
5. Todd BirrThird in 2018 U.S. (cq)
6. Scott Dunnam1-8 in 2018 U.S. (aq)
7. Chase SinnettHP juniors (cq) 
8. Steve BirklidLead Nicholas Connolly skipped to sixth in 2018 U.S. (cq)
9. Jed BrundidgeReached 2018 U.S. tiebreaker (cq)
10. e-Brandon CorbettPlayed much of CR with 3 and lost heartbreaker
11. e-Jason SmithMinnesota; beat Steinhaus and Beighton at CR 
12. wc?-Nick SteinhausEntered in juniors; Slusar sometimes listed as skip
13. e-Sean Beighton2018 U.S. semifinalist with Kroy Nernberger as skip
14. dne-Dominik Maerki2018 Olympic alternate … for Switzerland
15. e-Stephen ImesOhio; beat Steinhaus and Corbett in CR
16. e-Kevin KakelaNorth Dakota; beat Corbett and Sobering in CR
17. e-Craig NickoMinnesota; beat Siggins and Kakela in CR
18. e-Daniel Brown – Beat Griffin and Sobering in CR; no other OOM results
19. e-Mike SigginsThis year’s Arizona hopeful; shut out in CR
20. e-Darryl SoberingPerennial Colorado entry; shut out in CR
21. e-Jared AllenFormer NFL players; shut out in CR
22. e-Clayton Griffin – Georgia; shut out in CR; no other OOM results

Women
1. Nina RothHP; 2018 Olympian (aq)
2. Jamie SinclairHP; 2018 U.S. champion (aq)
3. Cory ChristensenHP; recently graduated junior (aq)
4. Stephanie SennekerUpstart underdogs (aq)
5. Annmarie DubbersteinHP juniors (cq)
6. dneAllison PottingerTwo-time Olympian
7. Kim RhymeFourth in 2018 U.S. (cq)
8. Ann Podoll1-6 in 2018 U.S.; first in CR (cq)
9. wc?-Cait FlanneryHP juniors
10. dneAbbey KitchensJuniors
11. dneSuzanna ViauJuniors
12. wc?-Ariel TraxlerJuniors; skip from Alaska
13. e-Sarah Walsh – California; no OOM results


Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Feb. 16-24, ESPN3

Canadian women’s championship takes qualifiers from each province as well as defending champion and one wild-card team.

See the Canadian rankings. Yes, Manitoba and Alberta will be interesting.

Key players


Tim Hortons Brier,
March 2-10, ESPN3

Canadian men’s championship also takes qualifiers from each province as well as defending champion and one wild-card team.

See the Canadian rankings. Yes, Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta will be interesting.

Key players

  • Brad Gushue is the two-time defending champion, 2017 world champion and 2018 world runner-up. (Before all that, 2006 Olympic gold medalist.) With his automatic qualification, Newfoundland/Labrador is wide open.
  • Kevin Koe, the 2010 and 2016 world and Canadian champion, was fourth in the 2018 Olympics after his upset loss to the USA’s John Shuster in the semis. He changed up his team a bit and has a moderately difficult qualifier in Alberta with Brendan Bottcher.
  • Brad Jacobs (Northern Ontario) is the 2014 Olympic gold medalist. His vice-skip, Ryan Fry, took time off after an alcohol-related incident while playing for another team.
  • Glenn Howard won gold in 2012. And 2007. And 1993. And 1987. He faces John Epping and others in a tough Ontario qualifier.
  • Reid Carruthers joined forces with Manitoba rival Mike McEwen, and the province is still tough, with Jason Gunnlaugson and Braden Calvert racking up points.

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Women’s World Championship,
March 16-24

In Denmark this year.

Wikipedia has the simplest roundup of which countries have qualified and how. Only one team per country, which makes Canada and Japan interesting.

Qualifiers


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Men’s World Championship,
March 30-April 7

In Canada this year.

Wikipedia has the simplest roundup of which countries have qualified and how. Only one team per country, which makes Canada and Scotland interesting.

Qualifiers

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