Teams

Team De Cruz

Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland | Twitter: @TeamDeCruz

Skip (Second)Vice Skip (Fourth)ThirdLead
Peter de CruzBenoît SchwarzSven MichelValentin Tanner
Birthdate: Jan. 4, 1990
Birthplace: London, UK
Resides: Geneva, SUI
Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1991
Birthplace: Geneva, SUI
Resides: Geneva, SUI
Birthdate: March 30, 1988
Birthplace: Interlaken, SUI
Resides: Interlaken, SUI
Birthdate: Oct. 2, 1992
Birthplace: Geneva, SUI
Resides: Geneva, SUI
GSOC wins: 1
– Canadian Open (2018)
GSOC wins: 1
– Canadian Open (2018)
GSOC wins: 1
– Canadian Open (2018)
– Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
– Four-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017, 2019, 2021)
– European Championships silver medallist (2015)
– Two-time European Championships bronze medallist (2016, 2017)
– World junior gold medallist (2010)
– World junior silver medallist (2011)
– Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
– Four-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017, 2019, 2021)
– European Championships gold medallist (2013)
– European Championships silver medallist (2015)
– Two-time European Championships bronze medallist (2016, 2017)
– World junior gold medallist (2010)
– World junior silver medallist (2011)
– World Championship bronze medallist (2019)
– European Championships gold medallist (2013)
– European Championships bronze medallist (2014)
– World junior bronze medallist (2007)
– Two-time world mixed doubles champion (2011, 2018)
– Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
– Four-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017, 2019, 2021)
– European Championships silver medallist (2015)
– Two-time European Championships bronze medallist (2016 & 2017)
– World junior gold medallist (2010)
– World junior silver medallist (2011)

Team Bio

Peter de Cruz, Benoit Schwarz and Valentin Tanner have played together since juniors. They captured the world junior men’s curling championship gold medal for Switzerland in 2010 defeating Scotland in the final. They returned to the world junior final the following year but fell to Sweden, skipped by Oskar Eriksson.

De Cruz, who skips while throwing second stones, has captured bronze at the world championship all three times he’s skipped Switzerland at the event.

Former skip Michel captained Switzerland at the 2014 Winter Olympics with Schwarz as his alternate. Michel joined Team De Cruz at third in 2018.

After missing the playoffs in his first 10 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events, De Cruz advanced for the first time in the series during the 2017 Princess Auto Elite 10. De Cruz won his first GSOC playoff game at the 2018 Meridian Canadian Open and followed that up by capturing his first Grand Slam title stealing in the eighth to edge Niklas Edin’s team in the men’s final.

De Cruz represented Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Olympics and defeated Kevin Koe’s Team Canada for the bronze medal.

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling record

SeasonEventWinsLossesResult
2012-13Masters33Missed Playoffs
Canadian Open14Missed Playoffs
National14Missed Playoffs
2013-14Canadian Open33Missed Playoffs
2014-15Masters13Missed Playoffs
National23Missed Playoffs
2015-16Tour Challenge13Missed Playoffs
Champions Cup23Missed Playoffs
2016-17Masters13Missed Playoffs
National23Missed Playoffs
Elite 1032Quarterfinalists
Players’ Championship33Quarterfinalists
Champions Cup32Quarterfinalists
2017-18Tour Challenge13Missed Playoffs
Masters23Quarterfinalists
Canadian Open61Champions
2018-19Tour Challenge42Semifinalists
National04Missed Playoffs
Canadian Open23Missed Playoffs
Players’ Championship44Semifinalists
2019-20Masters23Missed Playoffs
Tour Challenge04Missed Playoffs
National32Quarterfinalists
Canadian Open23Missed Playoffs
2020-21Champions Cup04Missed Playoffs
Players’ Championship23Missed Playoffs