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China outlasts American women in opening round of 2012 Cup
North America's Stefanie Lawton defeated the Swedish world champs, 11-3, and 2011 Canadian champion Amber Holland split six points with Scotland's Eve Muirhead rink as they tied 5-5 in other matches this morning in women's team competition to put the scoreboard even at nine points per side. The teams are competing in team, mixed doubles, singles and skins competitions over four days in the race to 201 points for the Cup title.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 12, 2012
American ladies stumble in opening 2012 Continental Cup match
(LANGLEY, British Columbia) – The 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling didn’t
get off to quite the start the American ladies had hoped for. Patti Lank and her American
teammates lost their opening match, 6-5, to Team North America’s Bingyu “Betty” Wang’s team
from China this morning at the Langley Events Centre.
North America’s Stefanie Lawton defeated the Swedish world champs, 11-3, and 2011 Canadian
champion Amber Holland split six points with Scotland’s Eve Muirhead rink as they tied 5-5 in
other matches this morning in women’s team competition to put the scoreboard even at nine
points per side. The teams are competing in team, mixed doubles, singles and skins
competitions over four days in the race to 201 points for the Cup title.
“The Continental Cup is a great game for us. We really enjoy being here,” said Wang, who is
playing in her third Cup. Wang has a new lineup this season with her fifth moving up to the
second position. “Our new players make our eyes bigger. They did well at competitions and
throw the rocks amazing. Kind of unbelievable, actually.”
China was the first team to score in today’s match as the Americans had control of the match
early on, forcing Wang’s team to a single in the second end.
Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) and teammates Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Caitlin Maroldo
(Rochester, N.Y.) and Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) got on the scoreboard in the fourth end
when Lank made a takeout for two to take a 2-1 advantage. China was able to balance the
Americans output when Lank missed her final takeout in the fifth end, allowing Wang to draw
through a port for two.
USA got into a jam in the sixth end as China got a stone buried behind a center guard and
Maroldo failed to remove a second Chinese counter in the four-foot. China’s Qingshuang Yue
then made a cross-house double takeout to leave three Chinese stones in the house. The
Chinese would eventually steal those three points when Lank couldn’t convert with her final
“That was huge,” Lank said about the steal. “I felt we controlled the game. I just put the broom
in the wrong place. I threw the weight I planned on throwing and everything felt really good out
there, and I just put the broom in the wrong spot thinking it would move more than it did. It
needed to move up a few inches, and it didn’t, so that’s hard.”
Trailing 6-2 with two ends to go, the Americans got two points back when Wang missed a
double takeout attempt and Lank drew the button in the seventh end. In the eighth, Maroldo
got her second stone buried in the top of the four-foot behind a center guard. After China
removed the guard, Spatola’s replacement guard sunk into the back of the four-foot, thus
thwarting the steal attempt. “After that, we were hoping for a miss and we were trying to think ‘Where can we put it where
we might get the miss?’ But, Betty didn’t give me the miss,” said Lank, the five-time U.S.
champion and 1999 world silver medalist. This is Lank’s third Cup appearance and first since
Lank sunk her first rock just behind the tee-line for shot rock behind a U.S. stone and a Chinese
stone sitting in the top of the eight foot. Wang’s first stone removed the two frozen rocks in the
eight foot, exposing the American shot rock. Needing two to tie and force overtime, the team
debated on where to place Lank’s final stone for a few minutes. She placed it in the top of the
four-foot to cover her other stone, but Wang removed one to earn the win.
“The first end was not so good for the game’s start,” Wang said. “We weren’t so comfortable
with the draw weight, but my teammates work hard so that’s good. We hope that we can play
2012 Cup action continues this afternoon with the first round of mixed doubles. USA’s Shawn
Rojeski will pair up with Canada’s Marliese Kasner and take on Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud
(Norway) and Cissi Östlund (Sweden) while Spatola will partner with Canada’s Wayne Middaugh
to face Team World’s Tom Brewster (Scotland) and Qingshuang Yue (China) at 1 p.m. PT. Pete
Fenson’s men’s team plays tonight in traditional team competition as they take on Brewster’s
Scottish squad at 6:30 p.m. PT.
*Team World (Wang/China) 010 023 00 – 6
Team North America (Lank/U.S.) 000 200 21 – 5
*last rock in first end
This is the eighth edition of the Continental Cup, which features Team North America composed
of four Canadian and the two U.S. teams taking on six of the top European and Asian teams
representing Team World in skins, mixed skins, singles, mixed doubles, and team competitions
during the four-day event.
Each discipline is weighted with points the two sides can earn. The first to reach 201 points is
declared the winner. The event began in 2002 in Regina, Saskatchewan, with all subsequent
events taking place in Canada as well. North America holds a 4-3 advantage over Team World
after their dominating Cup win in 2011 in St. Albert, Alberta. This year, the winning side will earn
$52,000 in prize money with the losing team receiving $26,000 divided amongst the athletes,
captains and coaches. An additional $13,000 will go to the winning side of the final men’s skins
Visit www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup/ to find out more.
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, RAM Restaurant &
Brewery and Nike, and is partnered with CurlingZone.
(30)For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext.
202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).