Curling World Cup begins Wednesday in Omaha

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 30, 2018, 11:35 a.m. (ET)


Nov. 30, 2018

U.S. teams ready for Curling World Cup in Omaha; 13 games set to air live in the U.S.

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Omaha is set to host the second stage of the new Curling World Cup next week at Ralston Arena featuring U.S. teams skipped by 2018 Olympic champion John Shuster, 2018 national champion Jamie Sinclair and the mixed doubles duo of Olympians Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.).

The competition kicks off Wednesday in Nebraska with Sinclair and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) battling Korea’s Minji Kim. Peterson and Polo, who won world bronze in mixed doubles in 2016, will take on the 2018 Olympic bronze medalists from Norway in their opening draw at 6:30 p.m. Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) will hit the ice on Wednesday night against China’s Qiang Zou at 9 p.m.

The World Curling Federation and Kingdomway Sports organize the event, which features four stages. Canada swept all three disciplines in the first leg of the tournament in September in Suzhou, China. The U.S. secured a silver medal in mixed doubles thanks to the performance of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.). In addition to prize money, the winners also earn coveted berths to the Curling World Cup Grand Final in May in Beijing where a bigger prize pool will be available.

Eight countries will compete in each discipline in pool play (double round robin) Wednesday through Saturday night to determine Sunday’s playoff contenders. NBCSN and the Olympic Channel will air 14 games. To view the full schedule, click here.

The games will be eight ends in length and no extra ends will be played. If a game is tied after eight ends a draw-to-the-button will take place. Official team practice begins Wednesday morning followed by a team meeting.

Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule (all times CDT):

Wednesday, Dec. 5:

3 p.m., USA women vs. Korea (Minji Kim)

6:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway (Kristin Skaslien, Magnus Nedregotten)

9 p.m., USA men vs. China (Qiang Zou)

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

Additional men’s teams include Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), Sweden (Niklas Edin), Japan (Yuta Matsumura), and Switzerland (Yannick Schwaller). The opposite women’s pool includes China (Ying Yang), Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa), Scotland (Eve Muirhead), and Sweden (Anna Hasselborg). The other mixed doubles teams include Canada (Kalynn Park, John Morris), Sweden (Malin Wendel, Fabian Wingfors), Korea (Hyeri Jang), and Switzerland (Jenny Perret, Martin Rios).

Here is a look at the U.S. teams competing in future events of the Curling World Cup:

  • World Cup, Leg 3, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, Jonkoping, Sweden: Mark Fenner and Cory Christensen rinks; mixed doubles duo of Olympians Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.)
  • World Cup, Grand Final, May 8-12, Beijing, China: Competing teams determined on results of past three Cups

To learn more about the new Curling World Cup, go to

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