Dec. 12, 2010

Seattle's Clark rink captures 2011 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship title

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Brady and Cristin Clark are champions again. Playing their third match of the day the Clarks defeated Clayton Orvik and Senja Lopac of Minneapolis to capture the 2011 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship title tonight at the Duluth Curling Club.
The Clarks, from the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, added one more national title to their impressive resumes, which includes a mixed doubles title in 2009 and a U.S.-record seven mixed national championship titles.

They will now represent the USA at the 2011 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 16-23 in St. Paul, Minn. The Clarks finished the competition undefeated en route to their title, which marks the third straight year that a team from Seattle has won the event in just the fourth year since its inception.

Cristin Clark came close to winning the title last year with a different partner from their home club when Brady had to sit out of the competition after starting a new job. After winning the title together in 2009, a second chance to wear USA together is a rare opportunity for the Clarks, who have long been supporters of mixed doubles becoming an Olympic discipline.

Tonight's match saw the Clarks get off to a quick start but Orvik and Lopac, a research scientist who calls the St. Paul Curling Club her home club, didn't relent. They quickly scored a deuce but the Clarks would run away with the match after that scoring six points over the next three ends to build a 9-2 lead. The Minnesotans would score two more but run out of rocks in the eighth end.

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