Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Skip Chelsea Carey Leads Canadian Team at Women's World Curling Playdowns

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Skip Chelsea Carey Leads Canadian Team at Women's World Curling Playdowns

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Carey looks to keep Canadian streak alive

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Chelsea Carey will soon begin her quest to give Canada a rare three-peat at the women's world curling championship.

The Calgary skip leads her team of third Sarah Wilkes, second Dana Ferguson and lead Rachel Brown in the March 16-24 competition in Silkeborg, Denmark. Carey is coming off a dramatic comeback victory over Rachel Homan in the final of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts last month in Sydney, N.S.

Homan won the 2017 world title in Beijing and Jennifer Jones was victorious last year in North Bay, Ont.

It's Carey second appearance at the competition and the first for Wilkes, Ferguson and Brown. Carey, who settled for a fourth-place finish in 2016 at Swift Current, Sask., will open against South Korea's Min-ji Kim on Saturday.

"I can't put into words what an honour it is to wear the Maple Leaf," Carey said. "It's the best and most humbling, incredible experience I've ever had in my life. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to get to do it again. I'm just beyond words."

Kim, who won World Cup gold in Sweden last month, is making her women's worlds debut after four straight appearances at the world junior championships. Carey will face Germany's Daniela Jentsch and Latvia's Iveta Stasa-Sarsune on Sunday.

Joining Carey as event headliners are Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, American Jamie Sinclair and Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni.

Rounding out the field are China's Rui Wang, Denmark's Madeleine Dupont, Finland's Oona Kauste, Japan's Seina Nakajima, Russia's Alina Kovaleva and Scotland's Sophie Jackson.

Canada's last extended golden run at the women's world championship was a four-year streak in the mid-1980s.

Connie Laliberte won the 1984 title in Perth, Scotland and Linda Moore followed with gold the next year in Jonkoping, Sweden. …

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