Team Craig Brown, 2018 Olympic hopefuls
This is feature #1 in a series taking a quick glance at the teams competing in the upcoming 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling. Today we will meet Team Craig Brown. Led by veteran skip & 2014 Olympian Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.), Team Brown is currently ranked No. 27 on the World Curling Tour. The team is coached by 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Scott Baird (Bemidji, Minn.).
Skip Craig Brown, 42, Madison, Wis., comes from a curling family rich in success. Craig is a two-time men's national champion (2008, 2000) and was a member of Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games as alternate for John Shuster's team in Sochi, Russia. The father of two and owner of Steve's Curling Supplies, Craig will be competing in his fifth Olympic Team Trials in November. He has been the runner-up at the 2006 & 2002 Olympic Trials but saw a dream come true when he was named fifth for the 2014 Olympics. Craig has a long history of success in curling as you can read in his athlete bio here.
Vice skip Jason Smith, 34, is seeking to become an Olympian for the second time after making the 2010 Olympic Team. Smith, a native of Minnesota, is a two-time U.S. junior national champion and won the men's title in 2009. He also won the U.S. mixed doubles title in 2016. Learn more about Jason here.
Second Kroy Nernberger, 33, Madison, Wis., is a Wisconsin native looking to make his first Olympic team. Nernberger began curling while a high school student in Medford, Wis. An engineer, Nernberger also is qualified to compete in the 2018 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials with partner Nina Roth. Find out more about Kroy here.
Sean Beighton, 28, plays lead for Team Brown and had a very successful junior curling career and is also hoping to make his first Olympic team after finishing fifth at the 2014 Olympic Trials. A video producer, Beighton is a native of Seattle and graduate of the University of Washington who won the men's national title in 2013. To learn more about Sean, click here.
The youngest member of Team Brown is two-time junior national champion Quinn Evenson. A native of Alaska, Evenson, 22, moved to Minnesota to be closer to his teammates and concluded his junior career with a silver medal at the 2016 World Junior Championships. To learn more about Quinn, check out his bio.
Craig Brown will take over the USA Curling Twitter (@usacurl) account today at 2 p.m. CT so get ready to tweet questions to him!
Did you know:
- Craig began curling at age 9
- Craig's go-to karaoke song is "All Out of Love" by Air Supply
- If Kroy had a super power he'd want it to be time travel
- If Kroy could compete in another Olympic sport, it would be soccer