For the first time, the Cup will host competitions between the strongest women’s and men’s teams. Russia will be represented at the tournament by several national teams.
The basis of the men’s team is the team of Sergei Gluhov and the main national women’s team with the skip Alina Kovaleva. There will also be two specially formed international teams – International (Timofeyev, Krushelnitsky / Piatti, Sola) and Russia / Belarus (Samoilik, Dudko / Ustinovich, Torsunova) and two specially formed Russian star teams, including participants in the 2014 Olympic Games of the year – the team of Anna Sidorova and the team of Alexei Stukalsky.
Traditionally, the competition was organized by the Russian Curling Federation with the support of Nornickel.
“Our annual curling tournament has grown from an event into a metaevent: the Taimyr arena was built, a curling school was opened, in which everyone is involved, and Dudinka teams are already participating in competitions. The curling tournament itself is a long-awaited sports festival for residents of our cities , journalists and the best athletes from all over the world. We are waiting for everyone in Dudinka!” – said Larisa Zelkova, Nornickel’s senior vice president.
The guests of the tournament will watch events in various sports, including biathlon master classes, which will be held by famous biathletes Anton Shipulin and Matvey Eliseyev. On the eve of the opening, a tournament among young curlers is being held in Dudinka. Two teams from Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk and Kuzbass take part in the Junior Nornickel Curling Cup. The guys will gain valuable experience by competing with the strongest athletes in their age category.
“This year the competitions in Dudinka are already being held for the sixth time. This significant figure marks how popular curling has become in the Krasnoyarsk region. Every year, thanks to the great contribution and comprehensive support from Nornickel, the competitions turn out to be bright, interesting and memorable. The best athletes from all over the world come with great desire to fight for the cup of the northernmost curling tournament. Many of the participants have visited Dudinka for several times, which shows their attitude towards this tournament and the region as a whole”, said Dmitry Svishchev, the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports chairman, the Russian Curling Federation president.
At the opening of the only curling tournament beyond the Arctic Circle on May 28, Russian figure skater, two-time Olympic silver medalist, two-time world champion, two-time European champion Evgenia Medvedeva will perform.