Record eight U.S. teams set to compete in Grand Slam

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 05, 2018, 11:14 a.m. (ET)


Nov. 5, 2018

Eight teams headed to Grand Slam in Thunder Bay

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Eight U.S. teams will compete in the Grand Slam of Curling event in Thunder Bay, Ontario, this week.

The John Shuster, Rich Ruohonen, Nina Roth, Jamie Sinclair, and Cory Christensen rinks will all compete in the Tier 1 event of the Tour Challenge while teams skipped by Annmarie Dubberstein, Mark Fenner and Andrew Stopera will battle in Tier 2 marking an unprecedented number of U.S. teams competing in a Grand Slam event.

The competition kicks off on Tuesday at the Tournament Centre in Thunder Bay. Shuster’s Olympic champions will face a familiar foe in pool play as Niklas Edin’s Swedish rink is in Pool B along with Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz and Canada’s Reid Carruthers and Matt Dunstone. Ruohonen will compete in Pool A against Canada’s John Epping, Jason Gunnlaugson and Brad Gushue as well as Scotland’s Ross Paterson. Roth’s rink will compete in Tier 1 Pool A against Canada’s Jennifer Jones and Alison Flaxey, Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni, and Sweden’s Isabella Wrana. Sinclair and Christensen will battle in Pool B along with Canada’s Rachel Homan, Kerri Einarson and Chelsea Carey.

In Tier 2, Fenner’s team will face Canada’s Scott McDonald, Dylan Johnston, Jordan Chandler and William Lyburn rinks beginning Wednesday. Stopera will take on Scotland’s Glen Muirhead and Canada’s Tanner Horgan, Charley Thomas and Dennis Bohn. Dubberstein’s team will face Canada’s Susan Froud, Hollie Duncan and Jenna Enge rinks as well as Japan’s Sayaka Yoshimura. To find out more about the event and view the complete competition schedule, go to

Chase Sinnett’s team finished second at the KW Junior Classic in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, in yet another strong appearance for the U.S. Junior High Performance Program. Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.) and teammates Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.), Jon Harstad (Duluth, Minn.), and Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) lost to Joey Hart’s team from Ontario, 5-3, in the championship final on Sunday. Team Sinnett’s overall record was 5-3. The team has reached the playoffs of all four Tour events they have competed in this season, winning two event titles.

Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) and Alex Leichter (Boston) won the MadTown DoubleDown Mixed Doubles Bonspiel on Sunday in Madison, Wis. The 6-5 win over Manitoba’s Shannon Birchard and Catlin Schneider also qualified the duo to the 2019 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in February. USA’s Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and Sean Beighton (Seattle) reached the semifinals.

The third qualifier for the 2019 USA Curling Junior National Championships will take place this weekend at the Capital Curling Club in Bismarck, N.D. Check the USA Curling website ( later in the week for a complete schedule and other event information.

To view the competition schedules and results of the HPP and junior HPP teams, go to

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