Ott bounces ‘Betty’

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Since world champion Jennifer Jones decided to give the Boston Pizza Shootout a pass, the women’s final showcased the next best thing.

Bronze medallist Mirjam Ott outduelled silver medallist Bingyu (Betty) Wang of Harbin, China 5-3 in yesterday’s final.

“We know China well,” said Ott. “They have the opportunity to be in Canada to practise for a long time. We still have our work to do at home. We’re not professional and that’s a big difference.”

Ott, the leading European-based team on the women’s World Curling Tour last season, got an early jump on her season with a $3,500 payday.

Ott heads to Regina tomorrow and will play in Vernon before heading back home to Davos, Switzerland.

“It’s very good to have a start like this,” said Ott. “We very much enjoyed coming to Edmonton to have some practise for the tournaments we’re going to play in this year.”

This is the 10th season Ott has brought a foursome to Canada for some early-season bonspieling. Ott finished No. 13 on the women’s list last year with $18,018 and much of that was earned when she qualified in Vernon and Calgary and won a European event.

“It was a very good year,” said Ott, who won one other Canadian speil, in Beausejour, MN., “a long time ago.”

With two out-of-country teams battling it out in the final, the Alberta teams had to scramble for paltry points in a slow-starting Alberta Tour race.

Calgary’s Heather Rankin and Grande Prairie’s Crystal Webster earned nine points and $1,250 for their semifinal appearances. Leslie Rogers, Renee Sonnenberg and Jessica Mair were all bounced in the quarterfinal, picking up $950 and five Alberta Tour points.


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