Peterson and Polo start Curling World Cup on winning note

By Terry L. Davis | Dec. 05, 2018, 10:08 p.m. (ET)

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Dec. 5, 2018

USA secures mixed doubles win to stay perfect at Curling World Cup

(OMAHA, Neb.) – Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) continued Team USA’s winning ways at the Curling World Cup as they took down the 2018 Olympic bronze medalists from Norway tonight in mixed doubles competition at Ralston Arena.

Peterson and Polo maintained control throughout most of the match against Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten. The U.S. took an early lead with a key steal in the fourth end but Norway countered in the fifth with a deuce. The turning point for the U.S. duo came in the sixth end when they struck for three points to take a 7-4 advantage.

Not backing down, Norway converted a raise double takeout to score two in the seventh end to cut into the deficit. However, the Americans were able to secure two more points in the eighth for the win.

“We’d like to be successful again,” said Polo about the team’s goals for the week. “We’d like to make the final and see how things go.” Peterson and Polo won the lone U.S. medal at the World Mixed Doubles Championship back in 2016 when they won bronze.

The U.S. team has a quick turnaround as they are back on the ice tomorrow morning to take on China, which fell to Russia tonight, 8-5, in the 8:30 a.m. draw.

“It’s pretty fun the way each end is timed. You have to be quick the whole game and you can’t bank time to save later. It’s quick – it’s even quicker than normal mixed doubles, but I like it.” For this event, teams have 2 minutes and 50 seconds in ends one through four and three minutes per end for the fifth through eighth.

Three of the four athletes who competed in the 2018 Olympic gold medal game battled again tonight with a different outcome as Switzerland defeated Canada, 6-5, after a shootout. Korea defeated Sweden, 9-2.

In the final draw of the opening day of the Curling World Cup, John Shuster and the U.S. men will play China at 9 p.m. The game can be viewed live on the Olympic Channel and via live webstream. To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/December/05/Curling-World-Cup-TV-and-livestream-schedule.

Draw 2 scores (mixed doubles): USA 9, Norway 6; Korea 9, Sweden 2; Switzerland 6, Canada 5 (shootout); Russia 8, China 5

Draw 1 scores (women): USA 9, Korea 5; Canada 7, Russia 5; Sweden 6, Japan 3; Scotland 7, China 1

To view the full scoreboard, standings/points and prize money available, go to www.curlingworldcup.com.

Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule (all times CDT) throughout the Curling World Cup:

Thursday, Dec. 6:

8:30 a.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China (Rui Wang, Ba Dexin)

12 p.m., USA men vs. Scotland (Bruce Mouat); USA women vs. Russia (Alina Kovaleva)

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia (Anastasia Moskaleva, Aleksandr Eremin)

7:30 p.m., USA men vs. Canada (Jason Gunnlaugson)

Friday, Dec. 7:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Canada (Tracy Fleury)

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway; USA men vs. China

4 p.m., USA women vs. Korea

7:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China

Saturday, Dec. 8.:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland

12 p.m., USA women vs. Russia

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia; USA men vs. Canada

7:30 p.m., USA women vs. Canada.

Sunday, Dec. 9:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., women’s final

4 p.m., men’s final

Format:

Games will be eight ends as standard and, in each discipline, there will be two groups of four.

Teams will play a double round robin, with the teams finishing top of their groups moving into finals that will decide the winners.

In a move away from other international curling championships, there will be no extra ends to decide tied games. Instead, there will be a one stone shoot-out, for each team, with the team closest to the button winning the game.

Expanding on that idea, teams will be handed three points for a win in eight ends and two points if they win after a shoot-out. The team that loses the shoot-out gets a single point and a losing team after eight ends gets no points. In addition, the winning team, in each discipline, will get ten points and the runner-up five points. These Curling World Cup Points are accumulated in each discipline throughout the first three legs and credited to the Member Associations, to establish the Curling World Cup ranking.

To learn more about the Curling World Cup, go to https://www.curlingworldcup.com/.

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