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March 20, 2014
USA finishes sixth at 2014 Women's World Championship
(SAINT JOHN, NB, Canada) - Team USA's run at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship presented by Booster Juice came to a close on a winning note as Allison Pottinger led the American ladies to an 8-4 win over Scotland.
The win tonight at the Harbour Station by Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) over Kerry Barr's Scottish rink leaves their final record in Saint John at 6-5 for sixth place.
"It was nice to come out tonight, play a good game and just enjoy playing together. It was my last game, this is nice to go out on a win," said Pottinger, who has represented the U.S. at 12 world championships and two Olympic Games. "I'm not playing next year. This is it. To go out on a win at the worlds, is not too bad. I'm done unless someone can talk me out of it, I don't think that will happen. I'm going to try to do the Wayne Gretzky approach versus the Michael Jordan approach. That's my goal."
The experienced U.S. team came into the tournament with playoff hopes and got off to a hot start but hit a rough patch in the middle of the round robin that cost them a playoff berth. As a team, the U.S. statistically was the fourth ranked team this week with Nicholson the top ranked athlete in the second position.
"We had a great start to the week where we started to get on the winning streak. Then we stumbled a bit but we tried to get back on track," Joraanstad said. "Overall it was a good week. We wish there had been more W's coming our way so we could get into the playoffs. I felt like we were in a position to play well and get on the podium. All in all it was a good week and we're happy to have had the additional experience."
The U.S. placed Tara Peterson into the lineup tonight to give her more international experience. "It was nice that Nat gave Tara the opportunity to come into the game. She came in and played great so that was a lot of fun," Joraanstad said.
After holding Scotland to a single in the first end, the U.S. earned the deuce in the second and never gave up the lead. The Americans stole a point in the third when Barr's final stone came up light.
The young Scottish team was once again held to a single in the fourth end and the U.S. extended its lead to 5-2 in the fifth end with a deuce. They had a chance for three points but came up a few inches shy of the desired mark to earn it.
With a three-point advantage, the American team forced Scotland into drawing for a single point facing two U.S. stones in the back of the house in the sixth. The teams then exchanged singles over the next two ends with Barr being forced to draw the button in the eighth.
The U.S. put the game out of reach with a takeout for two points in the ninth end that prompted the Scots to concede.
"In the beginning we were always in control. Once we got up we were able to peel ... and I love to peel," said Tara Peterson, 23, who won the 2014 U.S. national championship and is a three-time U.S. junior champion and world junior bronze medalist. "I took in all of the knowledge from Scotty (Baird) and Derek (Brown) all week. Every time I had a question, I asked and they explained things to me that I took notes on and can look back on for future use."
Canada and Switzerland clinched playoff spots after earning wins tonight. Canada (9-1) eliminated China from playoff contention with a 6-4 victory over China (6-5). Switzerland got past the Czech Republic, 9-5, to conclude their round robin with a 9-2 record. Germany concluded the round robin on a winning note as well as they earned their third victory of the week topping Denmark, 10-5.
USA line score:
USA 021 020 102 x - 8
*Scotland 100 101 010 x - 4
*last rock in first end
Draw 16 results: USA 8, Scotland 4; Switzerland 9, Czech Republic 5; Germany 10, Denmark 5; Canada 6, China 4
Draw 15 results: Korea 8, USA 6; Russia 8, Switzerland 5; Germany 6, Latvia 4; Sweden 10, China 5
Canada (Homan) 9-1*
Switzerland (Feltscher) 9-2*
Russia (Sidorova) 8-2
Sweden (Sigfridsson) 8-2
Korea (Kim) 7-3
USA (Pottinger) 6-5
China (Liu) 6-5
Germany (Lehmann) 3-8
Czech Republic (Kubeskova) 2-8
Scotland (Barr) 2-8
Latvia (Regza) 1-9
Denmark (Dupont) 1-9
*clinched playoff spot
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, is providing 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 is available via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV.
Event information links:
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, press officer, Team USA, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-338-9900.