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Olympic Curlers John Shuster, Cory Christensen Claim First Mixed Doubles National Title

By Paul D. Bowker | March 03, 2019, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Cory Christensen and John Shuster pose for a photo after taking first place at the mixed double national championships on March 3, 2019 in Seattle.


Olympic men’s curling champion John Shuster is headed to another championship event.

Already set to compete in the 2019 men’s world championships beginning later this month in Canada, Shuster — a four-time Olympian — combined with Cory Christensen to win their first U.S. mixed doubles championship on Sunday and clinch a spot in the mixed doubles world championships in April in Stavanger, Norway.

Christensen’s final shot at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle clinched a 7-5 victory over Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys, who is a member of Shuster’s national champion men’s team.

Christensen and Shuster are both 2018 Olympians. In PyeongChang, Shuster’s men’s team became the first U.S. curling team to claim Olympic gold.

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The mixed doubles national championships included several Olympians, including the sibling team of Becca and Matt Hamilton, who represented Team USA in the Olympic debut of mixed doubles curling last year in PyeongChang.

In Seattle, however, the Hamiltons lost to Christensen and Shuster by a 6-5 score in the playoff round. It was a reversal of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials when the Hamiltons defeated Christensen and Shuster to become the U.S. mixed doubles entry in PyeongChang.

Matt Hamilton also won an Olympic gold medal with Shuster in 2018 and is on his 2019 world championship team.

The mixed doubles world championships take place April 20-27.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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