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USA Curling

  • 2010
  • 2014
Position: Skip
Teammates:  Nicole JoraanstadNatalie NicholsonTabitha Peterson
Age  40 
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Occupation: Consumer insights manager with General Mills
Family: Married to Doug Pottinger; two daughters, Lauren, 7, & Kelsey, 5

Year started curling: 1984

Education: Master's degree in marketing from the University of Milwaukee

CURLING HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Olympic Winter Games: 2014 (10th), 2010 (10th)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2014 (2nd), 2013 (bronze), 2012 (champion), 2011 (silver), 2009 (champion), 2008 (champion), 2007 (champion), 2006 (champion), 2005 (runner-up), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion), 2002 (champion), 2001 (runner-up), 2000 (runner-up), 1999 (champion), 1998, 1997, 1996 (champion), 1995 (champion)
  • Women's Worlds: 2014 (6th), 2012 (5th), 2009 (9th), 2008 (7th), 2007 (4th), 2006 (silver), 2003 (gold), 2002 (8th), 1999 (silver), 1997 (6th), 1996 (silver), 1995 (5th)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2014 (runner-up), 2010 (champion), 2006 (silver), 2002 (silver)
  • Continental Cup: 2013 (champion), 2008 (runner-up), 2007 (champion), 2003 (runner-up)
  • World Curling Tour Players' Championship: 2006 (quarterfinalist)
  • Mixed National Championship: 1998, '95 (champion both years)
  • U.S. Junior Women's Nationals: 1994 (champion)
  • Junior Women's Worlds: 1994 (silver)
  • Southwest Ontario Women's Cashspiel: 2005, 2002 (champion both years)
  • Montreal Open (runner-up): 2003
  • United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month: April 2003
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2003, 1999
  • USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year: 2012, 2008
Competition schedule, 2013-14:
Dates  Event  Location  Result 
Aug. 16-18  Fort Wayne Cashspiel  Fort Wayne, IN  3-3, quarterfinals 
Sept. 5-8  Stu Sells Oakville Tankard  Oakville, ON  2-2 
Sept. 26-29  KW Fall Classic  Kitchener-Waterloo, ON  3-2, quarterfinals 
Oct. 3-6  Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic  Vernon, BC  4-3, quarterfinals 
Oct. 18-20  Valley First Crown  Kamloops, BC  6-0, champion 
Oct. 25-27  Bernick's Miller Lite Open Bemidji, MN  2-2 
Nov. 10-17  2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Fargo, N.D.  4-4, runner-up 
Jan. 3-5  Four Seasons Cashspiel  Blaine, MN 2-3
March 1-8  2014 National Championships  Aston, Pa.  8-3, runner-up 
March 15-23  2014 World Women's Championship  St. John, New Brunswick  6-5, 6th place 

Other highlights include:
  • 2003 – Member of the first women's team to win a gold medal at the world level as vice skip of Debbie McCormick's team by defeating Colleen Jones' rink from Canada at the 2003 World Curling Championships in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • 2000 –  Wisconsin State Championships (champion); S.W. Ontario Women's Cashspiel, London, Ontario (semifinalist); Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Alberta (semifinalist); Sask Power Women’s Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (semifinalist); St. Paul Cashspiel, St. Paul, Minn. (semifinalist)
  • 1999 – United States Challenge Competition in Milwaukee, Wis. (champion); European Masters in Stockholm, Sweden (finalist); Weston Curling Classic in Ontario, Canada (finalist); SW Ontario Women’s Classic in London, Ontario, Canada (semifinalist)
  • 1998 – European Masters in Stockholm, Sweden (finalist).
  • 1997 – Karuizawa Challenge Cup in Karuizawa, Japan (champion); International Damen Cup in Berne, Switzerland (finalist); Sun Life Grand Prix in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (qualifier); Badger State Games in Madison, Wis. (champion)
  • 1996 – Canadian Bonspiels in Halifax (qualified) and Thunder Bay (qualified); Wisconsin Women’s (champion). Played on team that became the first women’s team to ever qualify for the final four at the St. Paul (Minn.) Cash 'Spiel.

About Allison Pottinger:

Curls out of: St. Paul Curling Club, St. Paul, Minn.

In her own words: "I learned to curl in Otterburn Park, Quebec, Canada, when I was in sixth grade. I come from a curling family - my father, mother, brother and sister all curl."

Other favorite sports: Running, mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing. Played softball in college (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).

Education: Graduated from Richelieu Valley Regional High School in McMasterville, Quebec, Canada. Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with bachelor's degrees in political science and history in 1994. Earned a MBA in marketing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998.