2014 World Championship in Saint John
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March 12, 2014
2014 Women's World Championship begins Saturday in New Brunswick
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Allison Pottinger and Team USA head to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in search of a gold medal as play gets underway Saturday at the Harbour Station for the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship presented by Booster Juice.
Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), 40, and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) open play on Saturday night against China's Liu Sijia rink at 7:30 p.m. ADT. The team is coached by Derek Brown of Scotland, USA Curling's director of high performance.
Pottinger's team comes into the 2014 World Championship with plenty of international experience amongst all five players. The team finished second at last weekend's 2014 USA Curling National Championships but advanced to the worlds under the association's new qualification points system. Team USA will compete in an 11-game round robin with Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Korea, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Russian, Korean and Swedish teams are the same as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games led by Anna Sidorova, Jisun Kim and Margaretha Sigfridsson. Pottinger was Team USA's alternate in Sochi. Scotland won the women's world title last year in Riga, Latvia. Sapporo, Japan, will host the 2015 women's championship.
Pottinger, a two-time Olympian, will make her 12th world women's championship appearance for the U.S. That resume includes one gold and three silver medals since her first appearance in 1995 at age 18. 2014 marks the eighth appearance for 2010 Olympian Joraanstad, 33; ninth for 2010 Olympian Nicholson, 38; second for Tabitha Peterson, 25; and first women's world championship for Tara Peterson, 22, who also represented the U.S. at three World Junior Championships, winning bronze in 2010.
After the round robin concludes, the top four teams will advance to the Page playoffs on March 22. In the Page playoff format, the top two teams face off in the 1-2 game with the winner advancing to the final and the loser playing the winner of the game between the teams ranked third and fourth in a single semifinal. The winner of the semifinal becomes the other contender for the gold medal on March 23.
Saint John last hosted the world championship in 1999 with the American ladies finishing second. The U.S. women have only ever won gold once at the world championships - in 2003. Pottinger was a member of that historic team in Winnipeg.
Here is a look at Team USA's round robin schedule (all times listed as ADT):
* Saturday, March 15: USA v. China, 7:30 p.m. (live on WCF YouTube Channel)
* Sunday, March 16: USA v. Germany, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. Denmark, 7:30 p.m.
* Monday, March 17: USA v. Sweden, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Canada, 7:30 p.m. (live on WCF YouTube Channel)
* Tuesday, March 18: USA v. Russia, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. Switzerland, 7:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, March 19: USA v. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Latvia, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday, March 20: USA v. Korea, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Scotland, 2:30 p.m.
* Friday, March 21: Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; Page 1-2 game, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, March 22: Page 3-4 game, 9 a.m.; semifinal, 2 p.m.
* Sunday, March 23: Bronze-medal game, 12 p.m.; gold-medal game, 7:30 p.m.
2018 Olympic Qualification:
In addition, the 2014 World Curling Championships mark the start of a new qualification period for the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
All WCF member associations competing in Saint John and at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship in Beijing later this month will be eligible to enter the next WCF Olympic Qualification Event, which is scheduled to take place in December 2017 should they not make it to the 2018 Olympic Games on direct qualification.
TV & Webstream:
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF broadcast partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).
In addition, selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events will be available via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV.
Event information links:
Facebook, USA Curling: https://www.facebook.com/pages/USA-Curling/107975609011
Facebook, event: www.facebook.com/WorldWomensCurlingChampionship
Twitter Hashtags: #wwcc2014 #curling
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.
For more information: Terry Kolesar, press officer, Team USA, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-719-207-5083 (RUS mobile) or 608-338-9900 (U.S. mobile).