Erika Brown

USA Curling

  • 1988
  • 1998
  • 2014
Position Skip
Teammates Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm, Allison Pottinger
Age  40 
Hometown  Madison, Wis. 
Resides Oakville, Ontario
Occupation Physician assistant with McMaster Family Health Team
Family Married, two sons, one step-son
Year started curling 1980
Education Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; master's degree from Finch University of Health Sciences (Chicago)
 

CURLING HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Olympic Team - Curling:  2014 (10th), 1998 (5th), 1988 (5th)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2013 (champion), 2012 (6th), 2011 (4th), 2010 (champion), 2009 (4th), 2007 (bronze), 2006, 2005 (3rd), 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up); 2002 (champion), 2001 (runner-up), 2000 (runner-up), 1999 (champion), 1998 (3rd), 1997 (3rd), 1996 (champion), 1995 (champion), 1993 (3rd), 1991 (runner-up)
  • World Championships: 2013 (4th), 2010 (5th), 2004 (4th), 2002 (7th), 1999 (silver), 1996 (silver), 1995 (5th)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Curling: 2014 (1st), 2010 (4th), 2006 (3rd), 2002 (runner-up); 1998, ’92, ‘88 (champion each year)
  • Continental Cup: 2014, 2011 (champion), 2004 (champion), 2002 (champion)
  • U.S. Mixed Nationals: 2000 (champion)
  • Junior Nationals: 1994, ’93, ’92, ’91, ’89, ‘88 (champion each year); 1990 (bronze)
  • Junior Worlds: 1994 (silver), 1993 (bronze), 1992 (silver), 1991 (5th), 1989 (5th), 1988 (7th)
  • USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year: 2013, 2004, 1994, 1989
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2013, 2004, 1999
 

Watch the women's Olympic team's parody of "What does the fox say"

Competition schedule, 2013-14:

Dates  Event  Location  Results 
Aug. 16-18  Fort Wayne Cashspiel  Fort Wayne, IN  4-2, quarterfinalists 
Sept. 6-8  Stu Sells Oakville Tankard Oakville, ON  5-1, semifinals 
Sept. 13-15  Shoot Out @ Saville Centre  Edmonton, AB  3-3 
Sept. 19-22  Shorty Jenkins Classic  Brockville, ON  1-4 
Oct. 11-14  Curler's Corner Autumn Gold  Calgary, AB  1-3 
Oct. 18-20  Stroud Sleeman Classic  Stroud, ON  3-1, semifinals 
Oct. 29-Nov. 2  Masters of Curling  Abbotsford, BC  0-4 
Nov. 10-17  2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials  Fargo, N.D.  Champion 
Dec. 12-15  Four Nation Invitation  Glasgow, Scotland  3rd place 
Jan. 10-12  International Bernese Ladies Cup Bern, Switzerland  Consolation bracket winner 
Jan. 16-19  Continental Cup of Curling  Las Vegas, Nev.  Champion 
Feb. 7-23  2014 Olympic Winter Games  Sochi, Russia  10th 


About Erika Brown:

Brown is also an accomplished golfer; she was Wisconsin State High School champion in 1990 and ’91, was on the University of Wisconsin 1994 Big Ten Championship team, and was twice the City of Madison women’s champion.

Brown won her first State Junior Championship (21 and under) at age 12. Brown has studied French and Swahili, and holds degrees in political science and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She recently completed graduate school in the physician assistant program at Finch University of Health Sciences.

In her own words: "My first experience in a curling club was at 8 days old when my mother brought me to the Milwaukee men’s bonspiel to watch my father play."

Curling mentor: "My father has been my coach since the beginning, and basically taught me everything I know about the game. He has incredible mental focus and is a great motivator."

Heroes: "In sports, Tiger Woods. He's brought fire into a game that I love."

What I'd like the world to know about curling: "Curling is a very intense, strategic sport that, like golf, can never be perfected and keeps you coming back for more."

First curling memories: "My dad had me practicing at quite a young age (about 7). In fact, because I was too small to handle the 42-pound stones we routinely substituted Kleenex boxes and ashtrays, which I would toss down the sheet instead."

Other favorite sports: "Golf. It’s a perfect sport to play along with curling. Both require a great amount of touch, timing and strategy."