At the World Curling Federation’s big meeting in Reno later this month month (that’s right . . . Reno), it’s expected to put in place a World Mixed Championship.
That may come as a surprise, seeing as how the big push of late has been towards Mixed Doubles.
The WCF will find out in the near future whether that discipline will make it into the Olympics.
But there hasn’t been much talk about a regular, four-person-team mixed championship.
The Canadian Mixed has been around since 1964 when it was first held at the Royal Canadian Curling Club in Toronto. While it’s always a fun and well-played affair, I’ve always thought it more as a secondary event. After all, there’s no competitive mixed events anywhere; mixed is usually more about the social side of curling. When playdown time comes, the best teams are usually comprised of the best men and women players who split from their regular teams to join up. Some of the best of the best have played in the Canadian Mixed, from Ed Werenich and Russ Howard to Cheryl Bernard and Alison Goring. But it was never their prime focus.
Now with a world championship on the line, I wonder if that will change? Will it grow in stature?
In tennis, there are mixed specialists and doubles specialists, but still, some of the best players compete in both singles and doubles.
Could the same hold true in curling? Could you have a player compete for both the men’s and women’s events and then mixed? Or will it remain more of a specialist niche, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I think it’s a positive move and I hope that eventually there’s mixed curling in the Olympics.