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Feb. 12, 2018
Team USA hits the ice for practice sessions
(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Team USA’s Nina Roth and John Shuster rinks took to the ice today at the Gangneung Curling Centre in preparation for the start curling round robin at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Team USA will be available to the media in the mixed zone after tomorrow’s practice sessions as well. The men will practice from 2:50-3:45 p.m. while the women will take the ice from 5:40-6:35 p.m. The gold medal game of the mixed doubles curling will follow at 8 p.m. Canada will take on the winner of tonight’s semifinal between the Olympic Athlete from Russia and Switzerland.
Here are flash quotes after today’s practice sessions:
Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.), Alternate – “We’ve had a few days to do the whole Olympic experience and see some other sports, but I definitely think we are all eager to get on the ice. So that was really great to actually get out there and throw a few rocks. The arena’s awesome. It’s always fun to play in a big venue like this. Sliding over the Olympic rings was really cool.”
Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.), Skip – “It was just really exciting. No butterflies. Just pure excitement. I was ready to get out and practice and have fun with my girls. It’s an awesome arena and just [Olympic] rings everywhere! It doesn’t get better than that!”
Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vice Skip – “Finally we got out there, we’ve been here for a couple of days just hanging out, watching other sports, watching mixed doubles, but it felt good to actually get out on the ice.”
John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.), Lead
About second Olympic experience: “It’s just knowing what to expect. Just playing in this arena, it’s even bigger than a worlds. Worlds is a different pressure, but this is way different. Just the start of the whole trip – going through processing, it’s like déjà vu – I’ve done this before… so it allows me to just focus on the curling. We’ve been sitting around here for three or four days and we’re just ready to get on the ice. Today was really good though, we had a good practice there.
Even this – media stuff – I know what to expect. It doesn’t bother me. I am ready for it. It gets me more excited to compete.”
“We’ll have about forty people per game here, we had a really great crowd at the trials and they were a big part of our win.”
Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Vice Skip -- “It’s a spectacle, it’s not like anything else that you do in any other time in your sport. The World Championships we get to represent our country, but it’s basically just for curling fans. You come out here, and there’s so many people that it’s new to. There’s this energy coming from back home, from the people over here. It’s a curiosity with the game. It’s fantastic. Bringing so many people into the sport, I feel like a sense of responsibility to represent the sport well but to make it fun to watch, to broaden the horizons of the game. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to do something like that.”
About stepping out onto Olympic ice “It felt comfortable, it didn’t feel like a big stage, it didn’t feel like something totally different than what we usually do. The sheet’s the same length, same sized rocks! It’s nothing different”
First game against Korea “it’s going to be a wild atmosphere. We’re aware of it going in. It’s not something that’s going to surprise us. We’ve spent some time in the arena dung the mixed doubles. They are extremely loud for their team when they are shooting! It’s going to be a lot of fun. Home crowd is going to be going crazy – but where would you rather be? It’s going to be a blast!”
To view a photo gallery from practice, click here.
For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, email@example.com, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 0-104-364-8015 (Korean mobile).