2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling available tomedia on Dec. 17

Dec. 11, 2009, 12:15 p.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling  will be available to the media on Dec. 17 in Green Bay, Wis., as they prepare for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. This is the last time all 10 members of the team will be together at the same location prior to Vancouver. With busy travel/competition schedules in Europe and Canada in January, the all-day media camp may be one of the last opportunities to catch up with the team prior to the Olympic Games.

The media day includes opportunities for interviews and to tape footage on the ice at the Green Bay Curling Club, 781 Potts Ave. This corresponds with the ninth and final high performance preparation camp for the teams prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Members of both the men's and women's 2010 U.S. Olympic Team as well as coaching and tactical staff members will be available to the media.

After the camp, the teams will be available to the media at events and on a pre-arranged basis (as scheduled with USA Curling Communications Director Terry Kolesar) up until Jan. 23 (women's team) and Jan. 30 (men's team), and not again thereafter until they arrive in Vancouver for pre-Olympic practice.

The men's team will scrimmage against the Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) rink at the club at 9 a.m. Saturday and again 2 p.m. The third game between Fenson and John Shuster will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday. Fenson and Shuster teamed up together in Torino at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games to win the bronze medal - the first Olympic medal for the U.S. curling program. Long-time friends, Fenson's team agreed to assist the team with training by traveling to Green Bay for the scrimmages. 2006 Olympians Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) as well as 2010 Olympic Team Trials runner-up Tyler George (Duluth) round out Fenson's squad.

If you are planning to attend, please contact Terry Kolesar at terry.kolesar@usacurl.org so she can help you with any pre-arrangements or answer questions.