The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling are underway and continuing through Saturday, Nov. 18 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Five men’s teams and three women’s teams are taking part.
The men are playing a double-round-robin and the women a triple round-robin through Wednesday. All tiebreakers will be played Thursday morning. The best-of-three playoffs began Friday and continue through Saturday night, if necessary, to determine which teams will qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Here’s how things shaped up on the third day of competition:
Men’s Story of the Day: Three-time Olympian John Shuster’s team suffered its first loss of the tournament in the afternoon but won the evening game to improve to 4-1. In the first game, Todd Birr’s team continued its steady improvement and pulled even at 2-2 with the win over Team Shuster, 8-5. But after a strong start by 2014 Olympian Craig Brown’s team, Team Shuster took a 5-4 lead after seven ends and a 7-4 lead going into the ninth. Clark, a two-time national champion, closed the gap and made it 7-6 heading into the 10th end, where Shuster had the hammer and controlled for the win and a 4-1 record. Meanwhile, Heath McCormick’s team also improved to 4-1 with a win over Team Brown.
Women’s Story of the Day: With all three teams deadlocked at 1-1 after two days of competition, Nina Roth’s team separated themselves from the pack with a pair of wins. They started the day with a 9-2 win over Cory Christensen’s team then came back in the evening session to face Jamie Sinclair’s reigning national champion team. The game was tied, 5-5, going into the ninth end but Team Roth took a two-point lead into the 10th. The game went to an 11th end, where Team Roth came out with an 8-7 victory.
What’s Next: The men start the second half of double round-robin play with a game between the top two teams in the afternoon session as Team Shuster meets Team McCormick. On the women’s side, Team Sinclair will look to move up in the standings with games in both the morning and evening.
Team Shuster 4-1
Team McCormick 4-1
Team Birr 2-2
Team Brown 1-4
Team Clark 1-4
Team Roth 3-1
Team Sinclair 1-2
Team Christensen 1-2