Cover photo courtesy of Shannon Brown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2018
World Senior Championships begin Saturday in Sweden
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Teams skipped by Margie Smith and Jeff Wright will lead the United States at the 2018 World Senior Championships, which kick off Saturday in Ostersund, Sweden.
Sixteen women’s and 28 men’s teams will compete for the senior world title at Ostersund Arena in an event designed for athletes age 50 and above. The 2018 World Mixed Doubles Championship also will be contested during the same timeframe at the arena.
Smith (Shoreview, Minn.), 58, and her team of Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) enter the event with plenty of experience from prior World Seniors appearances. These four teamed up to lead the Americans at this event in 2014, 2013 and 2011, securing the bronze medal in their most recent appearance.
The U.S. women kick off the round robin on Saturday afternoon against Russia’s Tatiana Smirnova rink. Other countries in the Yellow Pool that the U.S. ladies will compete in, include Australia, Canada, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden.
In the men’s division, 28 teams will be placed into four pools for preliminary competition. Wright (Libertyville, Ill.), 63, and his team of Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), and Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.) will open their six-game round robin action on Saturday night against Finland. The team also will take on Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Norway and Russia. Wright, Armstrong and Brown also won the senior men’s national title in 2014 and went on to finish fourth at the World Seniors that season.
Games at this event are eight ends in length. Live scores and updated standings will be available at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018. No TV or webstream coverage is available for this competition.
After the round robin concludes, the winners of the women’s groups will advance directly to the semifinals. The teams finishing second and third in each group will compete in qualification games to advance to the semifinals. After the men’s round robin, the four first-place teams will advance to the quarterfinals while the second- and third-place teams in each group will compete in qualification games with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. No tiebreaker games will be played.
Sweden is the defending men’s champion while Canada’s women won gold on home turf last year in Lethbridge, Alberta. The U.S. men have had success at this event, winning three gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal since the event began in 2002 while the American women have won the bronze medal five times. To learn more about this year’s championship, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
USA schedule & playoffs (all times local, +6 ET):
Saturday, April 21:
12 p.m., USA women vs. Russia (Tatiana Smirnova)
8:30 p.m., USA men vs. Finland (Jussi Uusipaavalniemi)
Sunday, April 22:
8 a.m., USA women vs. Sweden (Anette Norberg)
Monday, April 23:
8 a.m., USA women vs. Japan (Miyuki Kawamura)
12 p.m., USA men vs. Norway (team name not listed)
4 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Sherry Anderson)
Tuesday, April 24:
4 p.m., USA women vs. Poland (team name not listed)
4 p.m., USA men vs. Russia (Igor Minin)
Wednesday, April 25:
8 a.m., USA women vs. Australia (Sandy Gagnon)
12 p.m., USA men vs. Ireland (Johnjo Kenny)
8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)
Thursday, April 26:
4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (team name not listed)
8 p.m., USA men vs. Croatia (Neven Pufnik)
Friday, April 27:
12 p.m., Men’s (4) and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
6 p.m., Men’s quarterfinals and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
Saturday, April 28:
9 a.m., Men’s & women’s semi-finals
2 p.m., Gold- and bronze-medal games
Groups (based on world rankings):
Group A: Australia, Canada, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, United States
Group B: England, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland
Group A: Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden
Group B: Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey
Group C: Croatia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Russia, United States
Group D: Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Poland, New Zealand, Wales
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, email@example.com, 608-338-9900 (mobile).