2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men's Curling captures WCT event

Dec. 14, 2009, 4:14 p.m. (ET)

Home Ice - The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men's Curling, led by John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), captured the 2009 Curl Mesabi Classic in Eveleth, Minn., on Sunday. After dropping the first game, Shuster and teammates Jason Smith (Cape Coral, Fla.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.) and John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) rattled off six straight wins to capture this World Curling Tour event. It was the first WCT event title for the team this season. After a brief break in action for the holidays, the Shuster team will be back in action Jan. 6-10 in Guelph, Ontario, at The National, a Grand Slam event. The National is one of the four major events that highlight the World Curling Tour season. The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Women's Curling, captained by Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), gets back in action in Switzerland for training and competition, Jan 5-12. They'll then travel to Scotland for competition on Jan. 13-17.

Hockey Salutes Curling - On Monday, Dec. 28, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League will host a "Salute to Curling" night in Milwaukee, Wis. Four dollars of every ticket sold will go towards the 2010 U.S. Olympic Curling Team to assist them with their preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In addition, one curler from each of the top four selling/ticket-purchasing clubs will get a chance to take on the Olympians during intermission of the game as a curling demo is staged. To find out more, visit http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/home.html.

Reality TV Meets Curling - 2010 U.S. Olympic Team member Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), the alternate on the men's curling team will appear on the new E! series "Bank of Hollywood," which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Plys auditioned for the role in November and is set to appear on one of the episodes this season (exact air date not yet determined). Plys, the 2008 world junior champion, was the youngest skip in the field at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling and was selected as the alternate on John Shuster's team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Media Day - USA Curling will hold a media day on Thursday in Green Bay, Wis., with the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling. The all-day media camp includes opportunities for interviews and to tape footage on the ice at the Green Bay Curling Club, 781 Potts Ave. A local school visit is slated at 8:15 a.m. that morning as well and will include a curling demonstration on synthetic ice as well as a presentation of digital cameras to the school from 2010 Olympian John Benton, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team for Tomorrow Ambassador Program. Members of the media are invited to attend but must register with the school first. 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. If you're planning to attend, please email Terry Kolesar at terry.kolesar@usacurl.org.

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