Full Field for 2018 Olympic Team Trials Mixed Doubles Curling

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 28, 2017, 4:20 p.m. (ET)

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Nov. 28, 2017

 

Field set for 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The final three teams to compete in next month’s 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling have been selected to bring the final field to eight.

 

Five duos qualified for the Mixed Doubles Trials based on finishes at the 2017 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in March. The final three teams were determined by discretionary selection via the Olympic Team Mixed Doubles Selection Committee.

 

The five teams that qualified from the recent Mixed Doubles Championship include: Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Tabitha Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.); Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) and Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.); Matt Hamilton and Becca Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.); Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.); and Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.).

 

The three teams added via discretionary selection include: Jamie Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.); Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jason Smith (St. Paul, Minn.); and Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.).

 

As outlined in the 2018 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Selection Procedures, discretionary selection criteria are based on the USCA’s assessment of maximizing chances for competitive success at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The criteria the committee took into consideration included performances and results at:

 

  • 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship
  • International mixed doubles events in the 2016-17 season, as well as events leading up to Nov. 28, 2017 (final date of selection consideration)
  • 2015 and 2017 U.S. Mixed Doubles National Championship (no national championship was held in 2016)
  • 2016 World Team Trials for Mixed Doubles
  • 2016 and 2017 Women’s and Men’s World Championships
  • 2015-16 and 2016-17 World Curling Tour (women’s and men’s events)

The three teams selected by the committee stood out for their overall competitiveness in events played, including the fact that they had all qualified for the playoffs in a majority of their events.

The Mixed Doubles Trials will get underway in the evening of Dec. 13 at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn. Teams will compete in a preliminary round robin followed by playoffs on Dec. 16-17. Tickets and media credential information can be found online here.

Thirteen hours of live coverage is planned on NBCSN (complete schedule to be announced). 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 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. 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 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.

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. Therefore, U.S. athletes are eligible to compete in both mixed doubles and men’s/women’s competition at the Olympic Winter Games. Of the athletes competing in the Mixed Doubles Trials, seven have already qualified to compete in the men’s and women’s competition (Roth, Peterson, Polo, Becca Hamilton, Matt Hamilton, Christensen, Shuster).

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 Team Mixed Doubles Selection Committee was comprised of USA Curling’s Derek Brown, Director of High Performance; Rick Patzke, chief executive officer; Jake Higgs, mixed doubles national team program coach; Phill Drobnick, men’s national team program coach; Scott Baird, women’s national team program coach; Leland Rich, World Curling Federation representative; Dean Gemmell, United States Olympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council representative; and Jessica Schultz, USCA Athletes’ Advisory Council representative. 

 

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.

 

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