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OTTAWA -- Canadian skips Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones will tune up for the Sochi Olympics at the 2014 WFG Continental Cup next month in Las Vegas.

They'll headline the Team North America lineup that will take on Team World at the Jan. 16-19 event at Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Jacobs, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., booked his ticket to the Winter Games by going undefeated at the recent Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. Jones, from Winnipeg, won the women's title in her home city.

They'll be joined by Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton, who qualified by winning the Capital One Canada Cup in December 2012, and Ottawa's Rachel Homan, the reigning Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion.

John Shuster and Erika Brown of the United States will round out the roster. Team North America will be looking to defend the title it won earlier this year in Penticton, B.C.

The event -- considered curling's version of golf's Ryder Cup -- pits the six North American teams against the Team World lineup in a variety of curling competitions. There will be traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games.

The Team World side features reigning men's world champion Niklas Edin of Sweden and women's world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland. They'll be joined by David Murdoch of Scotland, Thomas Ulsrud of Norway, Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden and Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 18, 2013 C4

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