By Craig Bohnert | March 23, 2017, 11:57 a.m. (ET)
Nina Roth (L), Tabitha Peterson (2nd R) and Becca Hamilton (R) celebrate after a win against Denmark in the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship.

 

It’s official: Team USA will field a women’s curling team for the sixth straight Olympic Winter Games.

Team USA has earned a quota spot for women’s curling at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, thanks to the performances of Erika Brown and Nina Roth’s teams at the 2016 and 2017 world championships, respectively.

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Brown led her team to a sixth-place finish last year, while Roth’s rink’s ended the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championships in Beijing in fifth on Thursday.

Although Roth and teammates Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving and Becca Hamilton closed out round robin play Thursday with a pair of wins to improve to 6-5, it was not enough to secure a spot in the four-team playoff. However, Brown’s sixth at last year’s worlds combined with this year’s fifth locks down a spot for the U.S. in the PyeongChang tournament.

A total of 10 teams will compete in women’s curling next February. The host nation, South Korea, receives an automatic entry, with seven additional spots determined by Olympic qualification points earned at the last two world championships. Two other teams will earn berths by placing first or second at the 2017 Olympic Qualifying Event Dec. 5-10 in Pizen, Czech Republic.

Team USA has compiled a total of 15 points (seven last year, eight this year) to land its quota allocation and will be joined by Canada, Great Britain (represented by Scotland), Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The team that will fill the quota spot will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, scheduled for Nov. 12-19 at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.

Women’s curling was added to the Olympic program at the Nagano 1998 Games, and Team USA now is assured of continuing its run of participating in every women’s competition. Its best showing was fourth at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games.

The John Shuster rink, comprised of three-time Olympian Shuster and teammates Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo, head to Edmonton, Alberta, April 1-9 with the intent of earning a quota spot in the men’s tournament at the men’s world championship. Bronze medalist at last year’s worlds, Shuster carries 10 qualifying points into the competition in Canada.