The U.S. mixed doubles curling team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin has a perfect record so far at the world championships in Ostersund, Sweden.
The duo is 5-0 in the round robin and in first place in Group A ahead of defending world champion Switzerland (4-0) with two games left before Friday’s playoffs begin. The U.S. has competed at every world championships since the inaugural event in 2008, but has just one medal to its credit, a bronze in 2016 from Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo.
Switzerland and the U.S. will play one another at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Olympic Channel will broadcast the game live. Team USA’s final game of the round robin will be against Australia on Thursday.
Anderson and Dropkin registered a pair of victories on Tuesday, first defeating Latvia, 5-3, then registering a dominating performance against the Netherlands in the evening, 11-1.
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They opened the tournament with a 14-2 win over Luxembourg on Saturday then bounced back from a slow start to defeat Italy, 6-5. They overpowered Slovenia in a lopsided 11-3 victory on Monday to keep their perfect record alive heading into back-to-back games on Tuesday.
The top 16 teams will advance to the playoffs.
Anderson, from Minneapolis, and Dropkin, from Duluth, Minnesota, won the USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship 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 finished fifth at the world championships in their debut. They also competed together on a four-person team at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.