Get to know the 16 women’s teams competing in the 2020 Meridian Canadian Open taking place Jan. 14-19 at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, Sask.
|Chelsea Carey||Sarah Wilkes||Dana Ferguson||Rachel Brown|
Calgary, AB | Carey won her first GSOC title at the Meridian Canadian Open in 2018. Ferguson and Brown won three titles in the series with Team Sweeting while Wilkes earned the 2017 Humpty’s Champions Cup as a super spare on Team Homan.
|Kerri Einarson||Val Sweeting||Shannon Birchard||Briane Meilleur|
Gimli, MB | Team Einarson won five events last year including the Players’ Championship. This season they captured tour titles in Edmonton and Calgary and finished runner-up at the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1.
|Tracy Fleury||Selena Njegovan||Liz Fyfe||Kristin MacCuish|
East St. Paul, MB | Fleury claimed her first career GSOC title at the Masters this past October. Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish won the Boost National and two Tour Challenge Tier 2 titles with skip Kerri Einarson during the previous Olympic cycle.
|Satsuki Fujisawa||Chinami Yoshida||Yumi Suzuki||Yurika Yoshida|
Kitami, JPN | Fujisawa has qualified for the playoffs in all three GSOC events this season with semifinal finishes in the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Boost National. With Yurika Yoshida ill, they competed as just a trio during the Boost National.
|Anna Hasselborg||Sara McManus||Agnes Knochenhauer||Sofia Mabergs|
Sundbyberg, SWE | The reigning Olympic gold medallists have won four GSOC titles including the past two at the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Boost National. Hasselborg also successfully defended the European championship on home ice.
|Rachel Homan||Emma Miskew||Joanne Courtney||Lisa Weagle|
Ottawa, ON | The defending champion Homan made history at the Meridian Canadian Open last year winning her record 10th GSOC women’s championship. This season they’ve won a tour event in Saskatoon and claimed the Canada Cup to book a spot in the 2021 Olympic Trials.
|Jennifer Jones||Kaitlyn Lawes||Jocelyn Peterman||Dawn McEwen|
Winnipeg, MB | Jones has won nine GSOC titles and is second only to Homan (10) on the all-time list in the women’s division. This season Jones has won the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic and finished runner-up at the Boost National.
|Min Ji Kim||Seungyoun Ha||Hye Rin Kim||Su Jin Kim|
Chuncheon, KOR | Team Kim qualified for the Meridian Canadian Open by winning the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 2 women’s title. Kim captured the Pacific-Asia championship in 2018 and earned a bronze medal at the world championship in 2019.
|Alina Kovaleva||Maria Komarova||Galina Arsenkina||Kate Kuzmina|
Saint Petersburg, RUS | Kovaleva won silver and bronze medals at the world championship with Team Sidorova. She skipped Russia to gold at the world juniors on home ice in 2013.
|Eve Muirhead||Lauren Gray||Jennifer Dodds||Vicky Wright|
Stirling, SCO | Muirhead has won four titles in the GSOC including the inaugural Meridian Canadian Open women’s title in 2014. She became the youngest skip to capture a title in the series at age 22 when she claimed the 2013 Players’ Championship.
|Kelsey Rocque||Danielle Schmiemann||Becca Hebert||Jesse Marlow|
Edmonton, AB | Rocque skipped Canada to gold medals at the world junior titles in 2014 and 2015 and the Winter Universiade in 2017. They won the Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, B.C., this season.
|Tabitha Peterson||Becca Hamilton||Tara Peterson||Aileen Geving|
McFarland, USA | With skip Nina Roth on maternity leave, the squad has shuffled the order with third Tabitha Peterson taking the reins. The modified lineup reached the semifinals at the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge.
|Briar Huerlimann||Elena Stern||Lisa Gisler||Celine Koller|
Oberwallis, SUI | Stern, who skips while throwing third stones, won the 2018 Tour Challenge Tier 2 women’s title and her Swiss squad has remained in the top tier since. They upset Team Homan in the final to win the Canad Inns Women’s Classic this past October in Portage la Prairie, MB.
|Alina Paetz||Silvana Tirinzoni||Esther Neuenschwander||Melanie Barbezat|
Aarau, SUI | Tirinzoni, who skips while throwing third stones, won the world championship and Humpty’s Champions Cup in 2019. This season they captured the Women’s Masters Basel on home ice. Paetz skipped her former squad to gold at the worlds in 2015.
|Laura Walker||Kate Cameron||Taylor McDonald||Nadine Scotland|
Edmonton, AB | Walker served as the super spare at lead on Team Jones at the Boost National and reached her first GSOC final finishing runner-up to Team Hasselborg. Her team has captured two tour titles in Manitoba this season winning the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic (Winnipeg) and DEKALB Superspiel (Morris).
|Sayaka Yoshimura||Kaho Onodera||Anna Ohmiya||Yumie Funayama|
Sapporo, JPN | Yoshimura reached her first GSOC final, and the first for a Japanese squad, earlier this season finishing runner-up to Team Fleury at the Masters. The team were also finalists at the Tour Challenge Tier 2 in 2018.