Five For Friday: Curling

By Paul D. Bowker | April 21, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Matt Hamilton competes at the 2017 World Men's Curling Championship on April 1, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta.


 

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Becca and Matt Hamilton are in Lethbridge, Alberta, this week to begin play in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and try to lock down a quota spot for Team USA in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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Following the conclusion of the world championship, the top seven nations in qualification points earned at last year’s and this year’s worlds, plus host South Korea, clinch spots in next year’s Winter Games. Entering the world championship, the United States is third in the points standings.

Mixed doubles will make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang, joining the traditional form of curling with four people per team. Mixed doubles teams have one man and one woman.

The sister-and-brother Hamiltons open play Saturday against Kazakhstan, then continue round-robin play against England on Sunday, Turkey and Germany on Monday, Czech Republic on Tuesday, France on Wednesday and Canada on Thursday. The medal round is April 29.

The Hamiltons are in the world mixed doubles championship for the first time, but both have competed in world championship events. Becca Hamilton has competed in two women’s world championships, including in March when the Nina Roth rink finished fifth. Matt Hamilton, a gold medalist in the 2008 junior worlds, has been on the last three world championship men’s teams, and helped Team John Shuster finish fourth this year.

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Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.