Cory Christensen is headed to PyeongChang after all.
After skipping Team Christensen to a third-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Curling, Christensen will be going to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as the fifth for Team Roth, USA Curling announced Tuesday. On the men’s side, 2006 Olympian Joe Polo will be the fifth for Team Shuster.
A fifth is a non-playing teammate who is able to sub in should another player have to withdraw.
The 22-year-old Christensen, who curls out of Duluth, Minnesota, is a four-time junior U.S. champion who was competing in her first Olympic trials as the youngest skip in the field. Following an extra-end loss to Team Roth in the first draw, Team Christensen scored an upset win over Team Sinclair in the third draw but couldn’t build on the momentum in the rest of the tournament and finished 1-5 in the round robin.
Christensen, a college student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was named 2016 USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year. She will join Nina Roth, Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving and Becca Hamilton on the women’s team representing the U.S. in Korea.
The 34-year-old Polo, who also curls out of Duluth, will be returning to the Olympic Winter Games in the same role he played for Team Shuster at the trials. Polo made his Olympic debut in 2006 as a second on Pete Fenson’s team that won a bronze medal – the only curling medal for Team USA in Olympic history. Polo also will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling alongside partner Peterson.
Polo is a six-time national champion, most recently in 2017. He will join John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner on the U.S. men’s team competing at the Olympics in February.
Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.