By Paul D. Bowker | March 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Team Persinger celebrates winning the USA Curling National Championships on March 11, 2018 in Fargo, N.D.

 

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Team Persinger is on home ice as the World Men’s Curling Championship begins Saturday.

Orleans Arena in Las Vegas is the venue for the world championships, which consist of seven days of preliminary-round pool play before heading into the playoffs on April 7. The medal round is April 8.

Greg Persinger, a two-time national champion, is skip of the U.S. squad, one of 13 teams in the tournament. He is joined by Philip Tilker, Colin Hufman, Rich Ruohonen and alternate (and 2010 Olympian) Chris Plys. Phill Drobnick, a two-time Olympian, is the U.S. coach.

Team Persinger opens play Saturday against Japan, and then faces the Netherlands and South Korea on Sunday.

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Among the teams in the field is the Olympic team from Sweden skipped by Niklas Edin, which won the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, finishing runner-up to John Shuster’s U.S. squad.

The top six teams after pool play advance to the qualification round of the playoffs on April 7.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Network; 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

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