World Financial Group sponsored the fan favourite TSN Curling Skins Game this weekend, Jan. 7-8, from Casino Rama in Rama, ON. The annual invitational event featured four of the best curling
teams in the world — current world champion Jeff Stoughton, along with Kevin Martin,
Kevin Koe and Glenn Howard —  skips of
the last four Canadian teams to win world championships — competing for a $75,000
(CD) prize. The competition is a single-elimination format in which anything
can happen, as the winner is decided by total prize money and not total
points. 

Alberta’s top curlers, Martin and Koe faced
off in the opening draw on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.. Koe won the world
championship in 2010.  Martin, one of
Canada’s most accomplished curlers, won the world championship in 2008 along
with winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 2010. Considered one of the world’s best
skins players, Martin is the defending TSN Curling Skins Game champion and has
earned a total of $412,150 playing in previous TSN skins games – an all-time
record.

In a rematch of last year’s Tim Horton’s
Brier final, Manitoba’s Stoughton took on Ontario’s Howard in the prime time, 8
p.m. draw on Saturday. 2011 world champion Stoughton also won the world
championship in 1996 while Howard won the 2007 world championship.

Casino Rama once again built a curling rink
exclusively for this event in its 5,000-seat world-class Entertainment Centre.
Hans Wuthrich, renowned icemaker for the Tournament of Hearts, Brier and World
Championships, and head technician of the curling sheets at the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games, was brought in to ensure the playing surface meets
Canadian Curling Association (CCA) standards.

In the final, it was Koe versus Stoughton.
And in his first TSN skins game win, Koe was the victor with the final score of
5-2.

To learn more about WFG, go to www.wfgopportunity.ca.

World
renowned curler, Kevin Martin at the TSN Curling Skins Game 2011.

~ Photo by: Daren Goldstein

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