Thomas Howell

USA Curling

Position Vice skip
Teammates Korey Dropkin, Mark Fenner, Alex Fenson
Age 19
Occupation Student at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
Year started curling 2000
CURLING HIGHLIGHTS
  • World Junior Championships: 2013 (7th), 2012 (5th)
  • Youth Olympic Games: 2012 (5th)
  • U.S. Junior National Championships: 2014 (3rd), 2013 (champion), 2012 (champion), 2011 (silver), 2010 (4th)
  • 2013 World Junior Championships Sportsmanship Award
  • Winter World University Games: 2013 (5th)
  • Youth Olympic Games Playdown: 2012 (champion)
  • GNCC Junior Playdowns: 2012 (champion), 2011 (runner-up), 2010 (champion)
  • 2011 Blazing Leaves Open Bonspiel champion
  • 2011 Fort Wayne Summer Cashspiel champion
  • 2011 Petersborough Ontario Junior Cashspiel champion
  • OVCA Superspiel: 2011 (5th)
  • Capital Cashspiel: 2011 (champion)
  • Laphroaig Scotch Open: 2011 (quarterfinals)
  • Optimist U-18 Championships: 2010 (9th), 2008 (9th)

Curling start: My parents discovered the sport through a colleague and were instantaneously hooked. Next thing they knew I was born, so I was going to have curling in my life no matter what because they started me on the ice in a car seat.

Career highlights: Winning the Youth Olympic Trials, silver at 2011 Junior Nationals, and beating Craig Brown's team in the final of the 2011 Fort Wayne Cashspiel. Another highlight includes being selected to be part of USA Curling's High Performance Program for Project 2018.

Other sports: Baseball, football, golf

Best advice he's received: Play like you are number 1, but train like you are number 2.

Earliest curling memory: Playing in my first Little Rocker Bonspiel at Broomstones Curling Club in Massachusetts where I had been placed with three kids I had never met before. It just so happens several years later we met again and became teammates for three years and went to Jr. Nationals twice so far.