U.S. ladies secure win over Switzerland to help Team North America close gap

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 12, 2018, 12:55 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 12, 2018


U.S. ladies defeat Swiss Olympic team at 2018 WFG Continental Cup


(LONDON, Ontario) – Nina Roth and the American ladies secured a much-needed point for North America this morning in team competition at the WFG Continental Cup of Curling with a key victory over Silvana Tirinzoni’s Swiss Olympic squad.


The 5-4 win for Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) this morning at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District was a good bounce-back win after a tough loss to the Japanese Olympic squad last night.


“We were able to finish it off and play the last two ends pretty strong so that was the difference there,” said Peterson, who will compete in her first Olympic Winter Games next month.


The win, coupled with Kevin Koe’s 5-4 victory over Team World’s Peter de Cruz rink, helped North America even the overall standings at six points per side. Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa rink defeated North America’s Michelle Englot, 5-3, to preserve a point this morning.


The U.S. women stole a point in the opening end and then held Tirinzoni’s team to a single in the third end in the closely-contested match.  With the pressure on in the fourth end, Roth had to navigate her stone through a port to convert a tap back to score a point. The U.S. team got two stones well positioned behind a center guard in the fifth end to force Tirinzoni into the same shot Roth had in the previous end to score a point.


The American ladies scored the game’s first deuce in the sixth end when Roth played a short runback to remove the Swiss shot stone in the side of the eight-foot. The Swiss squad answered right back in the seventh end when they converted a takeout to score two points and tie the game. The American ladies played a solid eighth end and Roth did not have to throw her final stone of the game after Tirinzoni’s draw attempt slid into second count in the house.


“It’s great practice to see and play these games against some of our Olympic competition,” Peterson said. “It’s eight ends versus 10 ends so a little different strategy but, overall it’s a really good opportunity to play these teams before the Games.”


The competition turns back to mixed doubles at 2:30 ET today. USA’s John Shuster will team up with Canada’s Joanne Courtney to take on Team World’s Tirinzoni and Valentin Tanner, both of Switzerland. Shuster’s men’s team returns to the ice tonight to take on Thomas Ulsrud’s Norwegian squad.


ESPN is carrying all of the Cup action on its live streaming app. Go to www.espn.com/watch to follow along. Live scores from the event are posted at http://www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/results/.


USA line score:

North America (Roth)     100 102 01 – 5

*World (Tirinzoni)          001 010 20 – 4

*last rock in first end


Other game scores: North America (Koe) 5, World (de Cruz) 4; World (Fujisawa) 5, World (Englot) 3


Overall points:                Team    Doubles   Skins Total

North America                    5               1           0          6

World                                    4               2           0          6



2:30 p.m., Mixed Doubles
Sheet A — Fujisawa/Svae (World) vs. Cameron/Kennedy (North America)
Sheet B — McManus/Sundgren (World) vs. Miskew/Hebert (North America)
Sheet C — Tirinzoni/Tanner (World) vs. Courtney/Shuster (North America)


7 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Edin (World) vs. Team Gushue (North America)
Sheet B — Team Hasselborg (World) vs. Team Homan (North America)
Sheet C — Team Ulsrud (World) vs. Team Shuster (North America)


9:30 a.m., Mixed Doubles
(Note — teams will change following the fourth-end break in each game)
Sheet A — Albrecht/De Cruz (World) vs. Englot/Laing (North America)
Sheet B — Knochenhauer/Wranå (World) vs. Peterson/George (North America) 
Sheet C — Yurika Yoshida/Ulsrud (World) vs. Geving/Walker (North America)


2:30 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Hasselborg (World) vs. Team Roth (North America)
Sheet B — Team Ulsrud (World) vs. Team Gushue (North America)
Sheet C —Team Fujisawa (World) vs. Team Homan (North America)


7 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team De Cruz (World) vs. Team Shuster (North America)
Sheet B — Team Tirinzoni (World) vs. Team Englot (North America)
Sheet C — Team Edin (World) vs. Team Koe (North America)



2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., skins. Matchups to be announced.


What’s at stake:

Each side has three men’s and three women’s teams; the winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side that generates the highest points total from the six skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).


About the event:

The Continental Cup is similar to golf’s Ryder Cup and features six teams from Canada and the U.S. taking on six teams from Team World in traditional team competition, mixed doubles, and skins with the chance to win $52,000 (Cdn) and the Cup title. North America is on a five-year win streak after capturing the title once again in Las Vegas last January.


This is the 14th edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup. North America has won the Cup in 2002 in Regina, 2004 and 2007 in Medicine Hat, Alta., 2011 in St. Albert, Alta., 2013 in Penticton, B.C., 2014 in Las Vegas, 2015 in Calgary and back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 in Las Vegas. Team World emerged victorious in 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ont., 2006 in Chilliwack, B.C., 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2012 in Langley, B.C.


To learn more about the Continental Cup, go to http://www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/.


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




For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).