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World women’s curling championship canceled; other curling worlds being evaluated

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The world women’s curling championship tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus on Thursday, two days before it was to begin in British Columbia.

The decision was made after a recommendation by the province’s health officer.

“Also, the decision was taken considering other major sporting events that have been cancelled in the past 24 hours, and various national travel restrictions that are coming into force around the world,” according to a World Curling press release.

“There is an ongoing evaluation” into the men’s world championships (March 28-April 5 in Glasgow) and mixed doubles worlds (April 18-25), according to World Curling. Those, plus the world men’s hockey championship in May, are the lone remaining Winter Olympic sports world championships this season.

World championships were previously canceled or postponed for figure skating, women’s hockey and short track speed skating.

The U.S. women’s team that was entered for worlds included PyeongChang Olympians Tabitha PetersonBecca Hamilton and Aileen Geving.

PyeongChang Olympic champions John Shuster, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner are on the U.S. team entered for men’s worlds. Peterson and PyeongChang Olympic alternate Joe Polo are the U.S.’ mixed doubles team.

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Watch Norway Team Ulsrud’s trick shot at World Curling Championship

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The Norwegian curling team skipped by Thomas Ulsrud is well-known for its crazy pants. Ulsrud went the unusual route again in the World Championship gold-medal game Sunday.

Watch his last shot against Sweden at the 1-minute mark in the above video. Ulsrud, already resigned to silver, had a little fun before conceding the game to Sweden, which had run up an essentially insurmountable 9-5 lead in the ninth of 10 ends.

“That was a trick shot,” Ulsrud told WorldCurlingTV. “I guess, if you’re ever going to play it, this was the time.”

Earlier this season, Team Ulsrud put on their pants on the ice without using their hands at the Continental Cup (video here).

(h/t @JohnHoweNBC)

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Posted by Team Ulsrud on Sunday, April 5, 2015