Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys celebrate after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials- Mixed Doubles Curling final on Oct. 31, 2021 in Eveleth, Minn.
EVELETH, Minn. — With the game, the tournament, and a chance at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on the line, a prospective first-time Olympian delivered the winner on the final shot.
Vicky Persinger’s shot for one at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling gave her and teammate Chris Plys the tournament title over Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen, 7-6 Sunday night at Curl Mesabi. Persinger and Plys, a 2010 Olympian, will now head to a qualifying tournament in December in the Netherlands to lock down their spot in Beijing. But first they’ll celebrate this one.
“I knew I’d have to hit it really hard and we weren’t super sure that other (rock) was going to leave,” said Persinger of the final shot. “We were also kind of running out of time and I kind of just tried to mind block everything and just throw it the best I could the way I knew how. And we got fortunate enough that it spit out. Took me a minute to realize it went far enough but we’re really happy.”