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American women pick up big win over world champs
Playing the second round of women's team competition at the Langley Events Centre, Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) and her team of Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) and Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) posted an 8-5 win for Team North America over Anette Norberg's Team World squad. The win earns six points towards North America's point total. Both sides earned nine points this round as Team World's Bingyu Wang defeated North America's Amber Holland, 6-4. Eve Muirhead and Stefanie Lawton tied 3-3 to split the points. Team World maintains its six-point lead at 39-33. The first side to 201 is the winner.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 13, 2012
American ladies defeat Sweden in team competition at 2012 Continental Cup
(LANGLEY, British Columbia) –Curling on Friday the 13th and scoring in only odd digits seems like
a recipe superstitious believers would concoct. Although that wasn’t the game plan necessarily
drawn up this morning for Team Lank at the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of
Curling, it resulted in a big win over the defending world champions from Sweden.
Playing the second round of women’s team competition at the Langley Events Centre, Lank
(Lewiston, N.Y.) and her team of Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester,
N.Y.) and Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) posted an 8-5 win for Team North America over
Anette Norberg’s Team World squad. The win earns six points towards North America’s point
total. Both sides earned nine points this round as Team World’s Bingyu Wang defeated North
America’s Amber Holland, 6-4. Eve Muirhead and Stefanie Lawton tied 3-3 to split the points.
Team World maintains its six-point lead at 39-33. The first side to 201 is the winner.
“This is the best experience I’ve ever had in my curling career,” said Maroldo, who is making her
rookie debut here at the Cup. “Just being a part of a team of 28 of the best curlers there are is
just an incredible feeling.”
Twice the Americans scored three points in this shootout today. “It was a lot of fun,” Maroldo
said. “We had lots of rocks in play. It was a great game. Yesterday we had one bad end that hurt
us and actually we had one bad end here today too, but Patti saved us a bit. As long as we get
that one bad end out of our repertoire then we’re good to go.”
After being forced to a single in the first end as Lank made a takeout against four Swedish
stones, Sweden took the lead with a deuce in the third. The game then became knotted at 2-2 at
the halfway point after Lank helped the Americans escape the fourth end with a hit and roll for a
Things went a little haywire for the Swedish world champs in the fifth end. USA got two stones
buried in thefour-foot behind a horizontal wall of guards. Norberg flashed her hit and roll,
resulting in a steal of three for the American ladies.
The U.S. appeared in control of the sixth end until Norberg doubled out the two U.S. stones in
scoring position and suddenly the Swedes had four stones with just one U.S. rock left to toss.
Lank placed her final stone in the back of the house nestled to a Swedish rock. Norberg hoped to
tap it out and grab five points. However, she was a bit narrow and as she removed the U.S.
stone she lost one of her own as a casualty and rolled her shooter out the back of the house as
well as the Americans survived with only giving up three points.
“We’re not making the key shots, and that’s the way it’s been all season ... and it was the same
this game,” said Norberg, the sport’s only two-time Olympic gold medalist. “We missed a couple
of draws and we tried to do a board-weight and hit it on the wrong side and put it into our own
–but it was very close.”USA answered with a takeout for three when Norberg couldn’t get the roll on her takeout in the
seventh end, leaving Lank with a hit to take an 8-5 advantage.
“We had a tentative plan to try to blank the seventh end to take hammer coming home in the
eighth. They missed a couple, we missed a few, and we were set up nice so we just went for it,”
Lank will now play in mixed doubles this afternoon as she teams up with Canada’s Craig Savill to
take on Team World’s duo of Torger Nergård(Norway) and Bingyu Wang(China). USA’s Joe Polo
also will play in mixed doubles today. The final men’s team competition starts at 6:30 p.m. with
the American men facing Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud rink.
Webstreaming from the games can be found online at http://www.worldcurling.org/worldfinancial-group-continental-cup-2012-web-coverage, courtesy of the World Curling Federation
Line scores, men’s team competition:
Team World (Norberg) 002 003 0x –5
*Team North America (Lank) 100 130 3x –8
*Team World (Wang) 200 011 02 – 6
Team North America (Holland) 011 100 10 – 4
Team World (Muirhead) 010 101 00 – 3
*Team North America (Lawton) 001 010 01 – 3
*last rock in first end
Competition World N. America
Women's Team - Round 1 9 9
Mixed Doubles - Round 1 12 6
Men's Team - Round 1 9 9
Women's Team - Round 2 9 9
Mixed Doubles - Round 2
Men's Team - Round 2
Skins - A
Skins - B
Women- - Skins - C
Men –Skins –C
GRAND TOTAL 39 33
Friday, January 13
Draw 5 1:00 pm Mixed Doubles - 18 points
(Six points for a win, three points for a tie)
Sheet A World (Torger Nergård & Bingyu Wang) vs
North America (Craig Savill & Patti Lank)Sheet B World (Fredrik Lindberg & Eve Muirhead) vs
North America (Ben Hebert* & Stefanie Lawton)
Sheet C World (Greg Drummond & Anna Sloan) vs
North America (Joe Polo & Amber Holland)
Draw 6 7:00 pm Men’s Team Games (eight ends) –18 points
(Six points for a win, three points for a tie)
Sheet A World (Niklas Edin) vs North America (Glenn Howard)
Sheet B World (Thomas Ulsrud) vs North America (Pete Fenson)
Sheet C World (Tom Brewster) vs North America (Jeff Stoughton)
This is theeighthedition 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 Americaholds 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.
For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext.
202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).