When Team North America takes on Team World in the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling January 10-13 in Penticton, Glenn Howard will be looking to keep alive his team’s championship streak from last season.
The Ontario foursome finished off the year in perfect form by winning the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon and then moving on to a gold medal performance at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.
Howard, along with Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill, will be on the ice in the South Okanagan Events Centre for the ninth edition of the international challenge competition with the series presently tied at four championships apiece.
In a competitive curling career dating back to the mid-1980’s, Howard has appeared at the Brier 14 times, playing in more games than any other curler in the history of the event.
Since taking over the skip position – in the first seven Briers he threw third stones for brother Russ – he has represented Ontario at the Tim Hortons Brier every year since 2006.
A four-time winner of the Brier Tankard, twice each in the third and skip positions, Howard has also advanced to the championship final another seven times. And, four trips to the World Men’s Curling Championship have produced pure gold.
In 2010 Howard became the first non-Albertan to skip a team to the men’s championship in Canada Cup competition.
Last season’s success qualified the team for the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – the Canadian Curling Trials – in Winnipeg and another opportunity to shoot for Olympic gold. In the 2009 Trials held in Edmonton, Howard lost to Kevin Martin who went on to win the gold medal in the Vancouver Olympics.
“You Gotta Be There” for the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup when Team North America faces Team World in the Ryder Cup-style competition that is unlike any other event in the curling world. Excellent seats are still available in the South Okanagan Events Centre – click here to get yours now.