Americans Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin got off to just about the best start possible at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship on Saturday, beating Luxembourg 14-2 in Ostersund, Sweden.
After giving up a steal in the first end, the 2012 Youth Olympians came back with two points in the second and led the rest of the way. Team USA scored three points in both the third and fourth ends to sprint away from Karen Wauters and Marco Etienne and take an 8-1 lead, then punctuated it with a perfect six-point end in the sixth for the decisive victory.
Forty countries, split into five pools, are competing for the world title. Saturday’s game marked the beginning of round-robin play, and the U.S. will also face Italy, Slovenia, Latvia, Netherlands, defending champion Switzerland and Australia, with the Italians up next on Sunday. Pool play will continue through April 26, with the top 16 advancing to the playoffs next weekend.
Anderson and Dropkin won the USA Curling mixed doubles national title in January with a 7-1 record and are competing at the world championship for the second time. They won the national title in 2015 and then finished fifth at worlds in their debut. Team USA’s only world medal in the event since its debut in 2008 was a bronze in 2016 by Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo.