Teams

Team De Cruz

Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Twitter: @TeamDeCruz

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Benoît Schwarz

Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1991
Birthplace: Geneva, SUI
Resides: Geneva, SUI

  • Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
  • Three-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017 & 2019)
  • Canadian Open champion (2018)
  • 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)
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Sven Michel

Birthdate: March 30, 1988
Birthplace: Interlaken, SUI
Resides: Interlaken, SUI

  • 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)
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Peter de Cruz

Birthdate: Jan. 4, 1990
Birthplace: London, UK
Resides: Geneva, SUI

  • Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
  • Three-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017 & 2019)
  • Canadian Open champion (2018)
  • European Championships silver medallist (2015)
  • Two-time European Championships bronze medallist (2016 & 2017)
  • World junior gold medallist (2010)
  • World junior silver medallist (2011)
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Valentin Tanner

Birthdate: Oct. 2, 1992
Birthplace: Geneva, SUI
Resides: Geneva, SUI

  • Olympic bronze medallist (2018)
  • Three-time World Championship bronze medallist (2014, 2017 & 2019)
  • Canadian Open champion (2018)
  • 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.

2019-20 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling results

Masters

StageOpponentResult
Round RobinMcDonaldW 7-5
Round RobinKoeW 7-4
Round RobinHowardL 1-5
Round RobinJacobsL 3-7
TiebreakerEppingL 3-5

KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge (Tier 1)

StageOpponentResult
Round RobinMouatL 2-7
Round RobinMcEwenL 6-7
Round RobinShusterL 3-9
Round RobinKoeL 4-6

2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling results

Tour Challenge (Tier 1)

StageOpponentResult
Round RobinEdinW 5-4
Round RobinCarruthersW 8-3
Round RobinShusterW 6-5
Round RobinDunstoneL 4-5
QuarterfinalsKoeW 7-6
SemifinalsJacobsL 3-6

Boost National

StageOpponentResult
Round RobinMouatL 3-6
Round RobinSchwallerL 5-6
Round RobinGushueL 3-5
Round RobinPatersonL 3-6

Meridian Canadian Open

StageOpponentResult
Triple Knockout AJacobsW 6-5
Triple Knockout AKoeW 6-4
Triple Knockout ABottcherL 5-9
Triple Knockout BGushueL 2-4
Triple Knockout CEppingL 3-5

Players’ Championship

StageOpponentResult
Round RobinBottcherL 5-6
Round RobinGushueL 5-7
Round RobinDunstoneW 8-1
Round RobinEppingL 5-6
Round RobinJacobsW 7-6
TiebreakerCarruthersW 7-4
QuarterfinalsGushueW 7-6
SemifinalsKoeL 8-9