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Canada charges out of starting gate at inaugural World Cup


SUZHOU, China — Canada is off to a perfect start at the inaugural World Cup of Curling.

Rachel Homan's Ottawa rink, Kevin Koe's Calgary foursome and the mixed doubles team of Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres all recorded wins on the opening day of the event.

Homan beat Russia's Anna Sidorova 6-5 as the Canadians scored a pair in the final end.

Koe beat Peter De Cruz of Switzerland 6-4 and Walker and Muyres downed Kristin Moen Skaslien and Sander Rolvag of Norway 9-5.

The World Cup features four tournaments of team and mixed doubles competition involving the top curling countries in the world. Each country determines its representatives for each leg.

The second stop is Dec. 5-9 in Omaha, Neb., followed by the third in Jonkoping, Sweden, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.

The grand final May 8-12 in Beijing will include winning teams from the previous three stops.

The World Cup offers a total of US$775,000, or just over CDN$1 million, for a prize pot. Winning one event is worth up to US$33,000 to a team and that number doubles in Beijing.

The Canadian Press

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