Americas Challenge

By Terry Kolesar | Oct. 23, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
Brazil set to challenge U.S. for berth in 2015 men's world championship

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Brazil will challenge the U.S. for the right to compete in a world men's championship for the third time this winter.

Brazil, a World Curling Federation member since 1998, will challenge the U.S. for the second Americas berth at the 2015 World Men's Championship this April in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The United States will host the challenge, which will be a best-of-five game competition Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn.

Twelve teams compete at both the men's and women's world curling championships each year. Two teams represent the Americas Zone, encompassing both North and South America. Since the inception of the world championships, the only two WCF member associations to represent the Americas have been Canada and the United States.

Canada has qualified for the 2015 Ford Worlds in Halifax by finishing higher than the U.S. at the 2014 world men's championship last spring in China and by virtue of hosting this year's world event.

The U.S. will be represented at the Americas Challenge by a team from within USA Curling's High Performance Program, as determined by the national team coaches and director of high performance.

Brazil challenged the U.S. in 2009 and 2010 for world berths with the U.S. sealing its appearance in those world championships by winning the challenge each time in three straight games.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, and BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199 (office) or 608-338-9900 (mobile).