USA Curling

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Position Lead
Delivers Right-handed
Born April 19, 1990, in Minneapolis
Hometown Plymouth, Minn.
Occupation Student
Family Single
Year started curling 2000
Height 5 feet, 2 inches
Weight 118 pounds
CURLING HIGHLIGHTS :
   
  • U.S. Junior National Championships: 2006 (8th)
  • Wisconsin Junior Women's Championship: 2006 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota Junior Women's Championship: 2005

ABOUT LAUREN BJERKE:

Curls out of: St. Paul Curling Club

Other sports: "I have played girls travel fast-pitch softball for a number of years. My U-12 team finished second in the state in 2002. I play centerfield in softball."

Hobbies: "I write poems and last year my high school English teacher submitted one of my poems, which were published in a magazine in my high school newspaper."

Something unique: "When I was 13 years old, Dragonfly TV came to the St. Paul Curling Club and did a television episode on curling. I was selected by the producers to participate in the episode along with my friends Haley, Mimi and Tara. The episode has been broadcast nationally by PBS."

Volunteer efforts: "I have been on mission trips with my church to inner city Chicago, where I painted houses and cared for underprivileged children; and Reynosa, Mexico, where I worked at an orphanage caring for children from ages roughly 5 to 14. I really connected with several of the children in Reynosa making my trip to Mexico one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

Curling start: "I began curling when I was 10 years old. I immediately fell in love with the sport. I guess you could say Matt Peterson, a friend of the family and member of my church, introduced me to the sport, but mostly I was interested because I accompanied my best friend, Haley. Haley also had been brought into the sport by Matt Peterson. Matt was a junior national curler from out of the Ak-Sar-Ben Curling Club when he was a kid. Matt is a member of the St. Paul Curling Club, and has gotten a number of adults and children from our church interested in curling. My first experience curling were at the St. Paul Club in the youth program on Saturday mornings. Tim Dougherty was my first instructor from Bantams and taught me a lot about the game. During my early years in juniors I was primarily a skip and Pat Yelk, my junior instructor, helped me with my strategic game. Throughout my time at the St. Paul club Jim Dexter "Dex" has been a constant source of encouragement and I am very fortunate to have Dex as a mentor. This year I have learned a lot from my teammates (Megan, Jacque, Randi), and my coach, Rusty. This season has been unforgettable. I feel I am very fortunate to be competing at the national level at my young age (15). It was a great experience to play one of my idols, Aileen Sormunen. Aileen is such an awesome curler. After meeting her in person I was even more pleased to discover how nice she and her teammates are."

Additional information: "This year my family is hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany. Two years ago, I was hospitalized for three months with an eating disorder. I am better now, but it is a constant battle to remain on a healthy meal plan."

Career goals: Author, poet

Curling goals: 2010 Olympics