(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Mark Swandby of Madison, Wis., has been selected as team leader for the men's and women's U.S. curling teams at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 12-28, 2010.
Swandby, 58, was selected from seven candidates and has plenty of curling leadership experience on and off the ice. He has served on the United States Curling Association's (USCA) Board of Directors since 1999 representing the Wisconsin region, holding the roles of vice president (2002-2004) and president (2004-2006) among many other duties. He currently is one of three USCA representatives to the World Curling Federation. He also served as co-team leader at last year's World Junior Curling Championships in Sweden.
Swandby also is a two-time U.S. senior national champion (2005 and 2008), earning medals at both World Senior Curling Championships he played in. When not busy volunteering with curling, Swandby works as the departmental administrator for the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As Olympic team leader, Swandby will serve as the primary USCA contact and coordinator for the teams' information, assist in managing team operations and logistics, manage accreditation of personnel, complete paperwork for the team as well as attend the final weekend of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling to assist with team preparation to the 2009 world championships.
Swandby will begin his duties as Olympic team leader at the 2009 World Men's Championship, April 5-13 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Jon Mielke, Bismarck, N.D., is the alternate Olympic team leader for curling and will step in for Swandby, if needed.
Team leaders for this season's world championships also have been selected. Bev Schroeder, Stevens Point, Wis., will serve as team leader at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships. Schroeder is currently USA Curling's director of member services. The 2009 World Junior Curling Championships will take place March 5-15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the Olympic curling venue, and will serve as the test event for the Olympics.
Kellie Krake, Madison, Wis., was selected as team leader for the 2009 World Women's Curling Championship, March 21-29, in Gangneung, Korea. Krake previously was team leader for curling at the 2007 World University Games in Torino, Italy. She is currently president of the Madison Curling Club and works as an attorney in the Madison area.
Marc DePerno (New Hartford, N.Y.) has been named team leader for the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship, Feb. 21-28, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Applications for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games team leader position are being accepted through Dec. 15. An announcement regarding this position will be made on or after Jan. 14.
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