WWUG set to begin in Italy

By Terry Kolesar | Dec. 10, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)
Dec. 10, 2013

Team USA set to compete in Winter World University Games in Italy

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Led by 2010 Olympian Chris Plys and 2012 U.S. junior champion Cory Christensen, Team USA will compete in the 2013 Winter World University Games Dec. 12-21 in Trentino, Italy. 

Plys (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Stephen Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Sean Beighton (Seattle), Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Tom Howell (Brick, N.J.) will compete against teams from Norway, Czech Republic, Sweden, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, and Korea. 

Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) is teamed up with Becca Funk (McFarland, Wis.), Anna Bauman (Duluth, Minn.), Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), and Sonja Bauman (Duluth, Minn.) will compete against Switzerland, Korea, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Canada, China, Japan, and Great Britain. 

Teams will play in a round robin with the top four advancing to the semifinals on Dec. 19. The gold-medal games will be played on Dec. 20. TV coverage of the men's final will be part of CBS Sports Network's coverage of the event. The air time is set for 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 20.

The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival, which is staged every two years in a different city. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes six compulsory sports (10 compulsory disciplines) and one or two optional sports chosen by the host country. Curling has been featured each year since 2003. Plys was on the American team that won gold at this event in 2007. The U.S. women have yet to medal. More information about this year's competition can be found here: http://www.universiadetrentino.org/en. 

Team USA competition schedule (all times local, +6 hours ET):
Thursday, Dec. 12: 9 a.m., Switzerland; 7 p.m., Japan
Friday, Dec. 13: 2 p.m., Korea
Saturday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m., Russia; 7 p.m., Italy
Sunday, Dec. 15: 2 p.m. Sweden
Monday, Dec. 16: 9 a.m., Canada; 7 p.m., China
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 2 p.m., Great Britain

Thursday, Dec. 12: 2 p.m., Norway
Friday, Dec. 13: 9 a.m., Czech Republic; 7 p.m., Sweden
Saturday, Dec. 14: 2 p.m., China
Sunday, Dec. 15: 9 a.m., Switzerland; 7 p.m., Great Britain
Monday, Dec. 16: 2 p.m., Canada
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 9 a.m., Italy; 7 p.m., Korea

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, and is partnered with Hilton, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).