USA curlers set to depart for Youth Olympic Games

Jan. 09, 2012, 9:59 a.m. (ET)
Curling's members of Team USA depart this week to prepare for the start of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games, which get underway with opening ceremonies on Friday in Innsbruck, Austria.

Team USA's curling team is composed of Korey Dropkin(Southborough, Mass.), Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Thomas Howell (Brick, N.J.) and Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.). They are coached by Wally Henry (Beaver Dam, Wis.), who coached the 2010 Olympic women's team in Vancouver. The 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games will run Jan. 13-22 with traditional curling and mixed doubles competitions as well as alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding and speedskating.

Read the full press release below.

 USA Curling

 Terry Kolesar

Jan. 9, 2012
Dropkin rink headsto Austria for Winter YouthOlympicGames
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Curling’smembers of TeamUSA departthis week to prepare forthe start ofthe
inaugural Winter YouthOlympicGames, which get underway with opening ceremonies on Friday in
Innsbruck, Austria.
TeamUSA’s curling teamis composed of KoreyDropkin(Southborough, Mass.), Sarah Anderson
(Broomall, Pa.), ThomasHowell (Brick,N.J.) and Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.). They are coached by
WallyHenry (BeaverDam, Wis.), who coached the 2010Olympic women’steamin Vancouver. The 2012
Winter YouthOlympicGames willrun Jan. 13‐22 with traditional curling andmixed doubles
competitions as well as alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, figure skating,freestyle skiing, ice
hockey, luge,ski jumping,snowboarding and speedskating.
Themixed curling portion ofthe schedule forthe Americans willtake place Jan. 14‐18 atthe Innsbruck
Exhibition Centre. The athletes willtake partin an education and cultural day of activities on Jan. 19. The
mixed doubles portion begins on Jan. 20 and runsthrough Jan. 22. Mixed doubles will consist of one
male and one female athlete fromdifferent countries playing together as a team. The teamlineups will
be determined by the athletes’ position within theirteamand their nation’s overall position following
the completion ofthemixed teamcurling competition.
Sixteen countries are competing in the curling competition. Teams will be splitinto two pools of eight.
The top fourteamsin each pool advance to the quarterfinals on Jan. 18.Here is a look at TeamUSA’s
competition schedule (alltimeslocal, +6 fromET):
Saturday,Jan. 14:
• 12:30 p.m.,USA v. Estonia
• 7:30 p.m.,USA v.New Zealand
Sunday,Jan. 15:
• 12:30 p.m.,USA v. Korea
• 7:30 p.m.,USA v. Switzerland
Monday,Jan. 16:
• 12:30 p.m.,USA v. Czech Republic
• 7:30 p.m.,USA v.Norway
Tuesday,Jan. 17:
• 12:30 p.m.,USA v. China
• Tiebreaker games(ifrequired) at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday,Jan. 18 – quarterfinals(9 a.m.),semifinals 1 p.m.),medal games(5 p.m.)
Thursday,Jan. 19 – education&cultural day + training formixed doubles
Friday,Jan. 20‐Saturday,Jan. 21 –mixed doubles competition (USA’sinvolvementto be announced)
Sunday,Jan. 22 –mixed doubles playoffs(9 a.m.) andmedal games(1 p.m.)
The other pool willfeature Austria, Canada,Germany,Great Britain, Italy,Japan, Russia and Sweden.
More information aboutthe 2012 Winter YouthOlympicGames can be found online at VisittheUSA Curling website forlinksto live scoring and daily videohighlights. Follow USA Curling on Twitter(@terry_usacurl) and Facebook
(‐Curling/107975609011)for additional information throughout
the event.
USA Curling issponsored by AtomAmpd, BroomsUp Curling Supplies,Nike and RAM Brewery and
Formore information: Terry Kolesar,USA Curling,, 715‐344‐1199, Ext. 202 or
608‐338‐9900 (cell).