USA opens World Mixed Championship on winning note

Oct. 07, 2017, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

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Oct. 7, 2017

Team USA starts strong at 2017 World Mixed Championship

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Hunter Clawson rink defeated France, 9-1, to open play at the 2017 World Mixed Curling Championship today in Champery, Switzerland.

Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) and teammates Emily Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) put the first points on the scoreboard when the Americans earned a deuce in the second end. The U.S. team then stole points in the next three ends against Stephane Vergnaud’s team to build an 8-0 lead. France scored a single in the sixth but couldn’t stage a comeback as the round robin got underway.

“I feel pretty good. Coming out here the ice was a little bit curlier and a little bit slower than we expected, so being able to pick up on that early made us feel more comfortable,” said Hunter Clawson, 21, a college student, who also will compete in next month’s 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

The U.S. team returns to the ice on Sunday with two games on tap. They’ll take on Brazil (0-2) in the morning and China (1-0) during the afternoon session.

“A win like that gives you lots of confidence, some of it might be unfounded because you get up early then you’re just throwing peels,” Hunter Clawson said. “But, we still had to make plenty of shots against them. They set it up well so coming out with the win feels pretty good.”

This is the first appearance for all four Team USA members, who are coached by Wayne Anderson (Broomall, Pa.).

“We haven’t seen much of mixed before, it’s a new thing, but I like our chances. We have a really good team and I have really good players in front of me,” Hunter Clawson said.

USA line score:

France                 000 001 0x – 1

*USA                   021 410 1x – 9

*last rock in first end

Group B standings:

China                  1-0

Latvia                  1-0

Sweden              1-0

USA                     1-0

Belarus               0-1

France                 0-1

Brazil                   0-2

To view all five pools, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2017):

The round robin continues through Thursday. Two rounds of Last 16 playoff games will take place on Friday followed by quarterfinal games. The semifinals will be staged Oct. 14 with the medal games following in the afternoon. Russia is the defending champion after winning gold over Sweden last fall in Kazan, Russia.

Here is a look at Team USA’s remaining round robin schedule (all times local, +6 ET):

Sunday, Oct. 8: 8 a.m., USA v. Brazil; 4 p.m., USA v. China

Monday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m., USA v. Belarus

Wednesday, Oct. 11: 12 p.m., USA v. Sweden

Thursday, Oct. 12: 8 a.m., USA v. Latvia

Follow the competition at www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2017 and www.usacurl.org.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

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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).