Chelsea Carey will soon begin her quest to give Canada a rare three peat at the World Women 's Curling Championship.
Calgary's jump leads his third team Sarah Wilkes, second Dana Ferguson and star of Rachel Brown in the race of 16-24 March in Silkeborg, Denmark. Carey is coming out of a dramatic comeback victory for Rachel Homan in the final of the Scotties of Hearts tournament last month in Sydney, N.S.
Homan won the 2017 world title in Beijing and Jennifer Jones was victorious last year in North Bay.
Carey is the second appearance in the competition and the first for Wilkes, Ferguson and Brown. Carey, who secured fourth place in 2016 at Swift Current, Sask., Will open against South Korea's Min-ji Kim on Saturday.
"I can't put into words how much it is honorable to wear the Maple Leaf," said Carey. "It's the best and most humiliating, incredible experience I've ever had in my life. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to do it again. I'm just beyond words."
Kim, who won the World Cup gold in Sweden last month, is making his debut in the women's world after four consecutive appearances at the junior world championships. Carey will face the German Daniela Jentsch and the Latvian Iveta Stasa-Sarsune on Sunday.
Enter Carey as headliner of the event the Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, the American Jamie Sinclair and the Swiss Silvana Tirinzoni.
Completing the field are the Chinese Rui Wang, the Danish Madeleine Dupont, the Finn Oona Kauste, the Japanese Seina Nakajima, the Russian Alina Kovaleva and the Scottish Sophie Jackson.
Canada's last gold race in the women's world championship was a four-year streak in the middle of the 80's.
Connie Laliberte won the title in 1984 in Perth, Scotland, and Linda Moore followed the gold the following year in Jonkoping, Sweden. Marilyn Bodogh won in 1986 in Kelowna, California, and Pat Sanders won the 1987 Chicago crown.
The game of round-robin continues until March 22 at the Silkeborg Sportscenter, with 700 seats.
The first six teams will make the playoffs, with the first two suits gaining the semifinal places. The third place team will play seed number 6 in a quarter-final and teams n. 4 and n. 5 will meet in the other.
The winners of the semifinals will play for gold on March 24 and the losers of the semifinals will play for the bronze at the start of the day.
Carey collaborated with Amy Nixon, Jocelyn Peterman and Laine Peters in 2016. Both Homan and Jones ran their victories at the table, so Carey's 9-8 loss against Russian Anna Sidorova in the 2016 bronze was ; Canada's last defeat in this competition.
The Calgary jump feels more prepared for the experience this time.
"Your first is just your first," Carey said on a recent conference call. "It doesn't matter how many people you talk to. I don't think I could have done anything different for my first world championship. But now, once it's past, it's different.
"It's no different from my second Scotties. Once you go through it once, you have a different level of expectation."
His current training is in sixth place in the world. Jill Officer acts as a team alternation and the technical staff includes Dan Carey and Elaine Dagg-Jackson.
Canada leads all countries with 17 gold medals since the women's world championship was held for the first time in 1979. Sweden is next with eight titles.
Kevin Koe will represent Canada in the world men's championship March 30-April 7 in Lethbridge, Alta. Brad Gushue won silver for Canada last year in Las Vegas.
The next women's world championship will take place from 14 to 22 March 2020 in Prince George, B.C.