Edmonton next up for 'Roar of the Rings'?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Will the next 'Roar of the Rings' Olympic Trials be in Edmonton?

"The next one is going to be huge. It would make some sense to have it there," said Warren Hansen.

"We have received a formal letter indicating Edmonton's wish to host it. There has been some discussion about Vancouver and the actual Olympic venue for curling. We don't know where it's going to go," added the Canadian Curling Association executive.

The pre-Olympic event in the 6,000-seat venue being built for the sports will be the 2009 World Juniors.

Edmonton, which broke all records with the ballistic 2005 Brier, drawing 281,985, has already been named host for the 2007 World Championships.

Halifax set the trials record at 159,235 this year, but with 2010 a home-country Olympics, the intent is to go back West, where the largest percentage of curling fans exist, and where a lead-in success story is assured.

There is a risk in Vancouver, historically lacking in curling interest, of a lead-in disaster.

One thing is sure, whether the trials land in Edmonton, Vancouver or some other locale, they'll be different four years from now.

The plan is already being developed to reduce the number of qualifying teams from 10 to eight, with an entirely different process.

Four-time Brier champ Randy Ferbey's rink qualified five different ways, thus resulting in several rinks qualifying by finishing second. Jay Peachey of B.C. was third at a Brier.

"I think we'll end up with four teams winning their way to the trials and four more coming out of a qualifying tournament involving 12 to 16 teams," said Hansen.


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