By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Korey Dropkin competes at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships on April 21, 2018 in Ostersund, Sweden.


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Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin are going after a world title this weekend.

The 2012 Youth Olympians won their first five matches at the World Mixed Doubles Championship, then clinched a spot in Friday’s playoff round with an 8-7 extra-end win over Australia on Thursday. They finished with a 6-1 record in the round-robin portion of the tournament.

Anderson and Dropkin were among 16 teams to advance to the playoff round from the 40 teams in the tournament. Another win in Friday’s round of 16 would send the U.S. into the quarterfinals Friday night.

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The medal round is Saturday following the semifinals.

“We just hung in there and fought until the end,” Anderson said after Thursday’s match. “We need to up our execution. So, I think going into the playoffs we’re going to focus on hitting our weights and placing our shots well.”

The U.S. won its first five matches by a combined 47-14 score. Its first loss was on Wednesday to Switzerland by a 10-4 score.

Anderson and Dropkin won their first U.S. mixed doubles title in 2015 and finished fifth at the world championships that year.

TV: 3 a.m. ET Friday, 6 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; 1:30 p.m. Friday, NBC Sports Network 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.