Four Seasons CC named national training center for USA Curling

By Terry Kolesar | July 18, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2014

Fogerty Arena, Four Seasons Curling Club named official USA Curling training center

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn., has been named an official national training center for USA Curling. 

Partnering with the year-round curling facility in Minnesota is a strategic step in the evolvement of the High Performance Program. It will provide an opportunity for USA Curling's athletes and staff to work closely together as they strive toward their goals for success on the international scene, according to Derek Brown, USA Curling's Director of High Performance. Four Seasons was selected because it is an excellent facility which is centrally located, and has year-round, world-class ice.

"We are very happy to be so critically involved with the governing body for curling," said John Benton, director of curling operations at the Four Seasons Curling Club and a 2010 Olympian. 

The partnership allows USA Curling dedicated ice time at the facility for the next four years for camps, High Performance Program (HPP) training, as well as news media events. In addition, office space for HPP staff will be provided. The Fogerty Arena dry-land training center will also be available to help implement USA Curling's training regimen.

In addition to serving as a national training center, Four Seasons Curling Club is guaranteed to host two national championship events per year through the four-year agreement and will partner with USA Curling in promotional events, including around the 2018 NFL Super Bowl, which will be staged in the Twin Cities. 

 "The national training center partnership with Four Seasons Curling Club and Fogerty Arena comes at a strategic juncture in the continued evolution of USA Curling's High Performance Program," said Rick Patzke, USA Curling chief operating officer. "The athletes, coaches and staff dedicating themselves to being the best in the world deserve a first-class, year-round training site like this facility in the very sports-minded community around Blaine. It is also fitting that the first official national training center for USA Curling is in close proximity to where so many world and Olympic curling competitors have come from."

Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club (9250 Lincoln St. NE, Blaine, Minn.) are set to host USA Curling's first Athlete Combine this weekend, which will feature 48 invited athletes participating and being assessed on technical, tactical, physical and mental skills both on and off the ice. The combine is part of the evaluation process being used to select up to 30 athletes for the 2014-15 USA Curling HPP. Beginning this season, athletes are being selected for and invited into the program on an individual basis, a change from years past when full and mostly self-formed teams made up the program. 

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.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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