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2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

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Host city  Edmonton, Alberta
Dates  December 6–13
Men's winner  Team Martin
Arena  Rexall Place
Attendance  175,852
Curling club  Saville Sports Centre, Edmonton

The 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held December 6–13, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The event is also known and advertised as Roar of the Rings. The winner of the men's and women's events represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Canada was guaranteed a team in each event as hosts.

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Canadian Olympic qualification process

For both men's and women's categories, a pool of sixteen teams is designated as eligible to be Canada's representative at the 2010 Olympics. From the pool of sixteen, four teams are selected to qualify directly for the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials, "The 2009 Roar of the Rings". The remaining twelve teams compete in a pre-trials tournament, which is a triple-knockout bonspiel, with four teams advancing to the eight-team trials. The winner of the trials represents Canada at the 2010 Olympics.

Pool of sixteen

For each of the three curling seasons from 2006–07 to 2008–09, four teams are named to the pool of sixteen, resulting in a total of twelve teams in the pool by the end of the 2008–09 season. The four teams are the following:

  • winner of the Canadian Men's/Women's Curling Championships
  • winner of the Canada Cup tournament
  • winner of the Players' Championships
  • leader in the Canadian Team Ranking System for that season
  • If a team qualifies under more than one criterion (for example, a team wins both the Canada Cup and is the leader in the CTRS standings) or has already qualified in a previous season, then the four spots for that season are rounded out by selecting the highest ranked teams in the season's CTRS standings that have not already qualified.

    To select the remaining four teams for the pool of sixteen, after the 2008–2009 season, from the teams that have not already qualified, the highest ranked teams are chosen, based on three-season, two-season, and one-season rankings. The rankings are determined by adding up the CTRS points earned by each team in their best events in each season.

    If a team's membership changes from one season to another, the CTRS points earned by the team are divided amongst the individual players and allocated to their new teams.

    Direct qualifiers to the Olympic Trials

    From the pool of sixteen, the first four teams who meet any one of the following criteria (in order of priority) will be qualified directly for the Canadian Olympic Trials.

  • team leads the CTRS standings in two of the three curling seasons from 2006–07 to 2008–09
  • team wins three of the following events in the seasons from 2006–07 to 2008–09:
  • Canada Cup tournament
  • Players' Championships
  • Canadian Men's/Women's Curling Championships
  • World Curling Championships
  • team not yet qualified for the Olympic Trials with the highest CTRS point total from 2006–07 to 2008–09, using the same formula used to qualify teams to the pool of sixteen
  • team not yet qualified for the Olympic Trials with the highest CTRS point total from 2007–08 to 2008–09, using the same formula used to qualify teams to the pool of sixteen
  • Pre-trials qualifier

    The pre-trials tournament was held on November 10–15, 2009 at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia. The twelve teams from the pool of sixteen that did not qualify directly for the Olympic trials participated in a triple-knockout competition that selected four additional teams to compete in the Olympic Trials.

    Draw 1

    December 6, 6:00pm

    Draw 2

    December 7, 1:00pm

    Draw 3

    December 8, 8:30am

    Draw 4

    December 8, 6:00pm

    Draw 5

    December 9, 1:00pm

    Draw 6

    December 10, 8:30am

    Draw 7

    December 10, 6:00pm

    Semifinal

    December 12, 1:00pm

    Final

    December 13, 1:00pm

    Draw 1

    December 6, 1:00pm

    Draw 2

    December 7, 8:30am

    Draw 3

    December 7, 6:00pm

    Draw 4

    December 8, 1:00pm

    Draw 5

    December 9, 8:30am

    Draw 6

    December 9, 7:30pm

    Draw 7

    December 10, 1:00pm

    Tiebreaker 1

    December 11, 8:30am

    Tiebreaker 2

    December 11, 1:00pm

    Semifinal

    December 11, 6:00pm

    Final

    December 12, 6:00pm

    References

    2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Wikipedia