US teams eye the podium in Sochi
(SOCHI, Russia) - The 2014 U.S. Olympic Curling Team begins its quest for the country's first-ever gold medal in curling as the round robin gets underway Monday at the Ice Cube Curling Center.
The U.S. has won just one Olympic medal - bronze in 2006 by the men - and look to make a return trip to the podium in 2014 after an unexpected low finish in Vancouver four years ago.
Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario/Madison, Wis.), who also represented the U.S. at Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport) and 1998, is set to lead the U.S. ladies as the round robin begins for them on Monday afternoon against Mirjam Ott's Swiss rink, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists. Brown and teammates Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago), and Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) will also face Russia, Great Britain, China, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and Korea throughout the 12-day competition.
The U.S. men's team of John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.), and Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) hit the ice on Monday night against Norway, whose fancy pants have been the media sensation once again leading into the Olympic Games. In addition to Norway, Shuster, who won bronze in 2006 in the lead position and is making his third straight Olympic appearance, will captain the U.S. men against China, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Sweden is the defending women's Olympic champion while Canada looks to win its third straight men's gold medal. Teams will compete in a nine-game round robin Feb. 10-17 followed by playoffs on Feb. 19-21.
NBC's networks will cover all of the U.S. curling competition. Go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv-listings to create a customized viewing schedule based on cable provider and time zone.
Here is a look at the U.S. team's round robin competition schedule (all times local, Moscow/MSK):
Monday, Feb. 10: USA v. Switzerland, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: USA v. Russia, 9 a.m.; and USA v. Great Britain, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: USA v. China, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: USA v. Japan, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: USA v. Denmark, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: USA v. Sweden, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: USA v. Canada, 2 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: USA v. Korea, 9 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 10: USA v. Norway, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: USA v. China, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: USA v. Denmark, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: USA v. Great Britain, 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: USA v. Germany, 9 a.m.; and USA v. Russia, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: USA v. Canada, 9 a.m.; and USA v. Sweden, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: USA v. Switzerland, 2 p.m.
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For more information:
Terry Kolesar, Press Officer, Team USA
608-338-9900 (mobile-U.S. & in Russia) or 719-207-5083 (mobile-Russia)
Rick Patzke, Assistant Press Officer, Team USA
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