FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2018
U.S. teams set to compete in World Junior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) are set to lead Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships, which begin Saturday in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Curl Aberdeen will host the 10 women’s and 10 men’s teams that will compete for World Junior titles through March 10. The teams will compete in a nine-game round robin in their respective divisions. Sweden is the defending women’s world junior champion while Korea won the men’s title last year on home turf as they defeated Stopera’s team in the final. After the round robin ends on March 8, the top four teams in each division will advance to the semifinals.
Bear and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio), and Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.) are set to kick off the round robin on Saturday morning against Switzerland. The team is coached by Bev Schroeder (Stevens Point, Wis.).
Stopera and his team of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Jonathon Harstad (Duluth, Minn.) will take on Russia at 2 p.m. Saturday (local time) as they hope to make another run at the gold medal. The team is coached by Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio).
The U.S. teams qualified to represent the U.S. after winning the 2018 Junior National Championships in January in Detroit. This is the third World Juniors appearance for Bear, who won silver in 2016, and Violette, who won silver in 2017. Yavarow and Harstad will make their first appearances.
The U.S. men have won the world junior title three times, most recently in 2008 (Chris Plys rink). The U.S. women have only one gold once – in 2002 when Olympian Cassie Johnson (now Potter) led her team to the top of the podium.
A live webstream, as well as live scores and standings, will be available throughout the championship on the World Curling Federation’s website at www.worldcurling.org.
Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule in Scotland:
Team USA round robin schedule (all times local):
Saturday, March 3:
9 a.m., USA women vs. Switzerland
2 p.m., USA men vs. Russia
7 p.m., USA women vs. Russia
Sunday, March 4:
9 a.m., USA men vs. China
2 p.m., USA women vs. Turkey
7 p.m., USA men vs. Korea
Monday, March 5:
9 a.m., USA women vs. Canada
2 p.m., USA men vs. Canada*
7 p.m., USA women vs. Sweden
Tuesday, March 6:
9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden
2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway
7 p.m., USA men vs. Scotland*
Wednesday, March 7:
9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea
2 p.m., USA men vs. Germany
7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland*
Thursday, March 8:
9 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland
2 p.m., USA women vs. China
7 p.m., USA men vs. Norway
Friday, March 9:
2 p.m., women’s semifinals
7 p.m., men’s semifinals
Saturday, March 10:
9 a.m., women’s bronze and gold-medal games
2 p.m., men’s bronze and gold-medal games
*game featured on live webstream at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv
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