Seven teams complete Ford World Women's 2018 field

  • 'Garlic Girls' team EunJung Kim (Korea) © WCF / Michael Burns

Joining Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Italy in North Bay, Canada, at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 are seven international line-ups that round out the 13-team competition.

Through qualifying out of the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2017, the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 or the Americas zone, seven additional Member Associations earned their spot to fight for a world title in North Bay.

First off, a young Japanese team will be guided by the experience of coach, J.D. Lind, who is coming hot off coaching the Japan Olympic women's team to a first-ever bronze medal finish. Though the youngest member of the team is 17-years-old, Arisa Kotani at lead, the team has impressive experience at the international level. Second, Mao Ishigaki has a World Junior bronze medal and alternate Kaho Onodera competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as well as winning the 2013 Pacific-Asia bronze medal.

The name 'Kim' has created a buzz throughout the entire curling world after EunJung Kim's Korean team left the Games with their nation's first ever Olympic medal. Facing Sweden's Hasselborg in the Olympic final, the Koreans were undefeated until the gold medal match-up, where they finished with silver. The same team - fondly known now as the 'Garlic Girls' - won the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship over Japan to claim the 2017 title. The Koreans became overnight celebrities in their home country and are well aware their fans will be watching as they search for gold in North Bay.

For 2017 world women's silver medallist, Anna Sidorova, it will be a new experience for her at this event. This year, the Russians are skipped by Victoria Moiseeva [pictured above, © WCF / Richard Gray] , the same team who represented their Member Association at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Sidorova will use her world championship experience to assist the team as their alternate. The 2017-2018 season has been a break though year for the young Russian foursome and despite their 2-7 record at the Games, the team know they can compete with the best - having won gold at the Euorpean championship in 2016.

Scotland's Hannah Fleming will be a new face for the Scot's this year. The team defeated 2013 world champion and three-time Olympian, Eve Muirhead to earn their spot amongst the world's elite. Fleming, a 2012 World Junior champion has been chasing the Muirhead team for years and finally have won their chance to shine at the worlds.

Highlighting the field is Sweden's team skipped Anna Hasselborg, coming off their Olympic gold medal in PyeongChang against hosts Korea. The team has risen amongst the best in the world during the last two seasons, winning two European silver medals in 2016 and 2017. Hasselborg is a 2010 World Junior champion and teammate Agnes Knochenhauer competed in the last two Olympic Winter Games for Sweden. Their alternate, Jennie Waahlin is joining the team once again, after winning Sweden a silver medal at the World Juniors earlier this month - in Aberdeen, Scotland - just weeks after the Olympics.

Binia Feltscher has won gold at both world championships she's competed in. Representing Switzerland, the skip won gold in 2014 and 2016 - both in Canada - and will look to make it a three-peat this year. Feltscher also earned a silver medal at the 2006 Olympics, adding her name to the long list of Olympians at this year's championship. The team also won European gold in 2014, defeating Anna Sidorova. Switzerland has a history of strong women's competition and to represent the nation isn't something that comes without fight.

Jamie Sinclair of the United States will make her first world championship appearance despite winning back-to-back national championships. Last year, the United States Curling Association based their representation off of a points system, whereas this year the champion booked their ticket to Canada. This foursome lost the United States Olympic trials final to Nina Roth but have been patiently building for their moment for two seasons. The team was a part of Team North America, winning the Continental Cup 2017 and are looking to build on their international experience.

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