Fogerty Arena set to host 2018 Olympic Mixed Doubles Trials
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2017
Blaine set to host 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. Olympic Training Site at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn., will be the site of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling.
The Mixed Doubles Curling Trials will take place Dec. 13-17 and feature eight teams of two. The team that wins the Trials earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will take place Feb. 9-25 in South Korea, where the U.S. will be among a field of eight countries competing for Olympic gold as mixed doubles makes its debut as an Olympic sport.
“Landing the bid for the Olympic Trials is certainly a huge event for Fogerty Arena, the City of Blaine, the Twin Cities, and Minnesota,” said John Benton, a 2010 Olympian and Director of Curling Operations at Fogerty Arena/Four Seasons Curling Club. “I’m not sure when the last Olympic Trials event was held in the state, but it’s a huge honor to have this event at our facility. As the U.S. Olympic Training Site for curling already, our staff has been energized and the local area has been very excited to host our National Team for training. Having the opportunity to host a televised event that will produce part of Team USA heading to South Korea next February is obviously a major boost!”
The first five teams have already qualified to the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials based on their finishes at the 2017 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship. The full field will be announced by Nov. 24.
“It is certainly fitting to have the first-ever mixed doubles U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling in the same location as the first-ever U.S. Olympic Training Site for the sport,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling’s Chief Executive Officer. “The City of Blaine and the entire Twin Cities area have been outstanding supporters of this sport for a long time, and, of course, many of our nation’s greatest curlers have called Minnesota home. We are excited for the opportunity to work with the professionals at Four Seasons Curling Club and Fogerty Arena to help put the sport’s best face forward.”
This will be the second time curling’s Olympic Trials will be staged in Minnesota – but first for mixed doubles – as Duluth played host to the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Here is a look at the five teams pre-qualified to the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials:
- Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.)
- Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.)
- Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Seattle)
- Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.)
- Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.)
About U.S. Olympic Team Trials
A collaboration between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies, U.S. Olympic Team Trials are held in multiple sports prior to each edition of the Olympic Games and allow athletes to vie for the honor of representing Team USA. Often the last stop in an athlete’s journey to the Olympics, the Trials also offer fans an up-close experience with America’s sports heroes before they go on to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Selection procedures for each sport are developed by the NGBs in concert with the USOC and follow parameters set forth by each International Federation.
For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office). In Blaine, Regan Birr, Director of Communications, Four Seasons Curling Club.