Tabitha and Tara Peterson celebrate at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Curling on Nov. 20, 2021 in Omaha, Neb.
OMAHA, Neb. — The 2017 champions of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling have a new name and a new member in 2021, but the result is identical — they’re going back to the Olympic Games.
Skip Tabitha Peterson and teammates Nina Roth, Becca Hamilton and Tara Peterson topped Team Christensen Saturday night to sweep their best-of-three series and the earn the Olympic berth that comes with it. The winning moment came when skip Cory Christensen’s last rock in the eighth end hit off the mark and resulted in a steal of one for Peterson. Handshakes soon followed and Team Peterson kicked off the celebration.
Team Peterson — which also includes alternate Aileen Geving — was the best team all week at Baxter Arena, losing just a single game in double round robin play. They scored the most points, won the most ends and capitalized on the most mistakes, notching 16 stolen ends. The 2020 national champions and 2021 world bronze medalists are certainly in some kind of rhythm that’s carrying them to Beijing.
“We’re definitely groovin’,” said Tabitha Peterson. “We’ve put a lot of work in and like all our pre- and post-game meetings were just trying to get better and better and learn from every game and go that extra inch each time and so we’re just kind of seeing the reaps of all our hard work right now.”