American teams set to compete as Curling World Cup debuts this week

Sept. 10, 2018, 1:23 p.m. (ET)

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Sept. 10, 2018

Curling World Cup set to debut in China

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The new Curling World Cup kicks off this week in Suzhou, China, with three U.S. teams set to compete in the new international tournament.

Teams skipped by 2018 Olympian Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.), 2018 national champion Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and the mixed doubles duo of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), who won the 2018 U.S. mixed doubles title, will compete for prize money and a chance to qualify for the final leg of the four-city event.

The World Curling Federation organizes the event, which will feature four tournaments this season. In addition to prize money, the winners also earn a coveted berth to the Curling World Cup Grand Final in May in Beijing where a bigger prize pool will be available.

Eight teams will compete in each discipline in a preliminary round robin beginning Wednesday at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre with the championship finals for each group on Sunday. 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.

Roth and her team of Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) will compete against Canada (Rachel Homan), Korea (Minji Kim) and Russia (Anna Sidorova) in preliminary round robin action. The rest of the field features China (Sijia Liu), Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa), Scotland (Jennifer Dodds), and Sweden (Anna Hasselborg).

Ruohonen and his team of Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and filling in the front end in absence of Colin Hufman and Phil Tilker will be Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) and Sean Beighton (Seattle). The U.S. men will face China (Jialiang Zang), Norway (Steffen Walstad) and Sweden (Niklas Edin). Canada (Kevin Koe), Japan (Go Aoki), Scotland (Bruce Mouat), and Switzerland (Peter de Cruz) round out the field.

Anderson and Dropkin will take on China (Jiaxin Yu, Xiangkun Wang), Korea (Hyeri Jang, Chiwon Choi) and Switzerland (Jenny Perret, Martin Rios) in mixed doubles. The American duo recently won bronze at the New Zealand Winter Games and competed in last season’s World Mixed Doubles Championship. The remaining countries for mixed doubles include Canada (Laura Walker, Kirk Muyres), Norway (Kristin Skaslien, Sander Rølvåg), Russia (Maria Komarova, Daniil Goriachev), and Sweden (Therese Vestman, Robin Ahlberg).

The Olympic Channel, in partnership with NBC and World Curling TV, will air 14 games live. To view the full schedule,click here.

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

  • World Cup, Leg 2, Dec. 5-9, Omaha, Neb: John Shuster and Jamie Sinclair rinks; mixed doubles team of Olympians Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo
  • 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 https://www.curlingworldcup.com/. Tickets for the second leg in Omaha are currently on sale. Find out more here, https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/September/05/Tickets-to-World-Cup-of-Curling-in-Omaha-now-on-sale.

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