Tabitha Peterson’s women’s curling team won a national championship just two weeks ago.
Sunday, going against 2018 Olympic gold medalist and 2020 men’s national champion John Shuster, Peterson added a U.S. mixed doubles championship to her resume.
Peterson, a 2018 Olympian, and Joe Polo, a two-time Olympian, defeated Shuster and Cory Christensen by a score of 7-4.
The duo clinched a berth in the World Curling Mixed Doubles Championship, which begins April 18 in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Peterson and Polo are heading to mixed doubles worlds for the first time since 2016, when they won a bronze medal. Both were in PyeongChang in 2018 for the Winter Olympics, when Polo was on Shuster’s gold medal-winning men’s team and Peterson finished eighth in the women’s tournament in her Olympic debut.
Two weeks ago in Spokane, Washington, Peterson and Shuster shared the spotlight as their women’s and men’s teams won national titles. But on Sunday, they faced each other.
Peterson and Polo scored one point in the first end and two more points in the second end for a 3-0 lead. Another three points in the fourth end put Peterson and Polo in front 6-1. Shuster and Christensen scored two points in the fifth end but could not catch up after that.
Both teams also clinched a spot in the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles.
“Getting into the Trials was the first goal of the weekend,” Polo said.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic 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.