USA Curling

Position Skip
Teammates Sherri Schummer, Emilia Juocys, Heather Van Sistine
Delivers Right-handed
Born Dec. 21, 1969, in Grand Forks, N.D.
Hometown Madison, Wis.
Occupation Firefighter/EMT with the City of Madison Fire Department
Family In a relationship
Year started curling 1990
Education Bachelor's degree in ceramics

 CURLING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Olympic Team Trials: 2005 (8th)
  • US National Championships: 2011, 2005 (8th)
  • US Mixed National Championships: 2010 (4th), 2005 (bronze), 2003 (6th)
  • U.S. Club Nationals: 2007 (runner-up)
  • USWCA National Bonspiel: 2009 (runner-up), 2002 (runner-up), 2001 (champ)
  • USWCA All-American Event: 2008 champ
  • USWCA 5 & Under Challenge: 1994 (champion), 1993 (runner-up)

 State Events:

  • WI Mixed Championship: 2010 (champ), 2005 (champ)
  • GLCA Mixed Championship: 2003 (champ)
  • WI State Women's Championship: 2004 (runner-up), 2002 (runner-up), 2001 (runner-up)
  • IL State Women's Championship: 2003 (runner-up)
  • AK State Women's Championship: 2000 (runner-up)
  • WI State Curling Association Badger Womens: 2010 (champ) 
  • Badger State Games: 2002 (Gold)

 Strengths: Positive thinker, bringing out the best in my teammates

Weaknesses: sensitive

 Short-term goal: Always my goal is to improve.

 Team goal: 2011 Nationals semifinalist; keeping team intact for multiple seasons

 Long-term goals: Qualify for 2014 Olympic Trials.  Qualify for world competition.  USCA Ice-maker, USCA Builder or Athlete for HOF

 Other Accomplishments:  5 summers of doing a century bike ride, Recreational Softball since 1989

 Favorite Curling Quotes: "Don't go too deep, too soon"; Marilyn Bodogh, 1986 and 1996 World Curling Champ

"Failure is like fertilizer, if you're paying attention", Anne Merklinger, Ottawa Canada, 2-time runner-up Tournament of Hearts Women's Nationals

 Favorite Curler: Dordi Nordby from Norway, Peja Lindholm from Sweden

 Favorite Teams: Team Bingyu Wang (Chinese curling), Minnesota Twins (MLB)

 Persons who most influenced my curling career: Ron Wiebold (Mankato, MN), Lisa Schoeneberg (Madison), Lori Mountford (Madison), Dave Horsman (Canada), Richard Maskel (Green Bay), Margie Knitter (Milwaukee), Tom Casper (Green Bay), Ed Sheffield (Madison), Mike Fraboni (Madison), Cal Tillisch (Wausau), My Dad John Karst and Mom Diane Karst, brother Matthew Karst, sisters Francine and Dawn, and their families who always love to come out and watch our games, and all the women and men top competitors who have made me a better curler by playing me (esp Patti Lank, Ericka Brown, and Debbie McCormick), playing with me (Laurie Walters, Kelly Conrardy, Stephanie Erstad/Radl, Shelly Kosal/Pape, Miyo Konno, Randie Schieber, Joy Pahl, Angie Montgomery, David Carlson, Dan Wiza, Richard Maskel, Dee Montgomery, Chris Moore, Jeremy Roe, Dwayne Jacobsen) or showing me how to play (esp Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler, 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist), and finally, most importantly, staying by my side while I am away curling, partner Dawn Nonn.