Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys celebrate with their trophys after winning the Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials Oct. 31, 2021 in Eveleth, Minn.
They were the best team in October at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling.
They were the best team this week at the Olympic Qualification Event in the Netherlands.
And now Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys will get the chance to show they’re the best mixed doubles tandem in the world at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Persinger and Plys clinched their Olympic berth Thursday in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, when they knocked off the team from the Russian Olympic Committee. Persinger and Plys didn’t lose a game in Leeuwarden, going 6-0 in the round robin to qualify directly for the final.
They trailed only twice all tournament, including in the final. An opening single was followed by a steal of two, then Plys’ runback double takeout in the 3rd end led to a force of one. A miss by Persinger in the seventh opened the door for the Russians to score three and tie the game, but the draw came up short to only score two and the Americans were able to close out the game with hammer in the eighth.
“(The 7th end) was not a good one for me,” Persinger said on the broadcast afterward. “So just tried to put it aside and play the best 8th that we could and made some shots and it feels great.”