Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling begins Wednesday

By Terry L. Davis | Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. (ET)


Dec. 11, 2017


2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling begin Wednesday in Minnesota


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The 2018 United States Olympic Curling Team will be complete this weekend as the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling gets underway Wednesday night at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn.


Eight teams will battle in a preliminary round robin, which begins at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The opening ceremony is slated for 6:30 p.m. The field of eight teams features seven of the 10 athletes already qualified to compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in men’s and women’s divisions, including four-time Olympian John Shuster (Superior, Wis.). The Olympic Team Trials took place last month in Omaha.


Thirteen hours of live TV coverage is planned on NBCSN beginning Thursday afternoon. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide streaming coverage of the live TV games via “TV Everywhere.” NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.


The team that wins the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials will be named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will take place Feb. 9-25 in South Korea.


Games for mixed doubles are eight ends in length and teams throw five stones, compared to a traditional curling match that lasts 10 ends with eight stones per team. One player throws the first and last rock of the end while their teammate delivers the other three stones. Complete rules and more info can be found at http://www.worldcurling.org/owg2018/about-mixed-doubles-curling.


2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling field:

  • Becca Hamilton* and Matt Hamilton* (both of McFarland, Wis.)
  • Tabitha Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.)* and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.)*
  • Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.)* and Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.)
  • Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.)
  • Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.)
  • Jamie Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.)
  • Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jason Smith (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.)* and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.)*

*athletes already on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Curling Team in men’s/women’s


Live TV schedule, NBCSN:

Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. CT: Monica Walker-Jason Smith vs. Cory Christensen-John Shuster

Thursday, Dec. 14, 8:15 p.m. CT: Nina Roth-Kroy Nernberger vs. Alex Carlson-Derrick McLean

Friday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. CT: Tabitha Peterson-Joe Polo vs. Vicky Persinger-Jared Zezel

Friday, Dec. 15, 5:15 p.m. CT: Jamie Sinclair-Korey Dropkin vs. Becca Hamilton-Matt Hamilton

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 p.m. CT: Playoff match

Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. CT: Championship final


For all other games, live scores will be posted at www.usacurl.org. News, standings, athlete bios, and ticket information also are posted at the USA Curling website.


Media can still request a credential to cover the event by going to https://usacurling.wufoo.com/forms/media-accreditation-request-olympic-team-trials/.


About the Olympic mixed doubles competition:


Mixed doubles will debut as an Olympic medal sport in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Eight countries will compete and the U.S. is one of only three countries that qualified in all three disciplines, with Canada and Switzerland also achieving that benchmark. (Korea, as host, also will compete in all three.) The Olympic mixed doubles competition will take place Feb. 8-13 prior to the start of the men’s and women’s team competition in Gangneung, South Korea.


About U.S. Olympic Team Trials

A collaboration between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies, U.S. Olympic Team Trials are held in multiple sports prior to each edition of the Olympic Games and allow athletes to vie for the honor of representing Team USA. Often the last stop in an athlete’s journey to the Olympics, the Trials also offer fans an up-close experience with America’s sports heroes before they go on to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Selection procedures for each sport are developed by the NGBs in concert with the USOC and follow parameters set forth by each International Federation.




For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).