Weekly notes

Dec. 30, 2009, 1:55 p.m. (ET)

Featured items:
Olympian awarded money on "Bank of Hollywood"
2010 Olympic teams head back into competition
Junior playdowns underway
Qualifying Round for Nationals start next week

Reality Star - 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Curling member Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), the alternate on the men's team, appeared on the new E! series "Bank of Hollywood" on Dec. 28 and was awarded $6,500 to help his parents travel to watch him compete at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Plys's father, Patrick, has battled brain cancer and was unable to be with Chris in 2008 when he won the world junior title. Plys's Facebook account exploded with "friend" requests the day after the episode aired.

Readying for Vancouver - The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men's Curling, led by John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), will compete in The National, Jan. 6-10 in Guelph, Ontario, 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.

Junior Juggle - The 2010 U.S. junior playdowns are underway in several USA Curling member regions. Check out the action at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks.

On to K'zoo - The 2010 U.S. Nationals Qualifying Round gets underway Jan. 6 at three U.S. sites for the men's division. The women's field for the 2010 Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., March 6-13, was announced last month. Qualifying round events will take place in Mankato, Minn., Fargo, N.D., and Laurel, Md. Six direct berths to the Nationals will be up for grabs at the qualifying round. John Shuster's 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for Men's Curling receives an automatic bye into the Nationals. Debbie McCormick's team has opted not to compete, thus breaking her streak of national championship titles in a row at four. 

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