American teams performing well at Curling World Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Sept. 13, 2018, 9:06 p.m. (ET)

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Sept. 13, 2018

U.S. teams performing well at Curling World Cup in China

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s three rinks are performing well after two days of competition at the new Curling World Cup in Suzhou, China.

Nina Roth’s women’s team and the mixed doubles duo of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) are undefeated while Rich Ruohonen’s men’s team is 2-1 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre.

Roth and her team of Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) are currently 2-0, which at this event equates to six points in the standings. [Teams receive three points per win.] The U.S. ladies defeated Russia’s Anna Sidorova rink, 8-3, today after an opening day victory over Korea’s Minji Kim.

We had our ups and downs right away in the beginning, so we had to come together as a team and figure out what we’re doing right and wrong and capitalize from there,” Hamilton said after the victory over the Russians.

Anderson and Dropkin moved to 3-0 with two more wins today. In the morning draw, the U.S. duo defeated China’s Jiaxin Yu and Xiangkun Wang, 9-2, and then got an impressive win over the Swiss team of 2018 Olympic silver medalists Jenny Perret and Martin Rios. The 10-4 win over Switzerland put the Americans alone in first place in Group B. The top teams in each pool advance to their respective event finals on Sunday.

“It’s a really fast paced game and you have to be quick in making decisions,” said Dropkin, who won the U.S. mixed doubles national title this spring with Anderson. The pair also earned a bronze medal at last month’s New Zealand Winter Games. “There’s a bigger consequence now if you run out of time so it makes things more challenging, but it’s fun. The first leg of the inaugural Curling World Cup event, it’s pretty motivating to do our best and come home with the title.” Rather than thinking time allocated for the full game, teams have time allocated per end. For mixed doubles, it is two minutes 50 seconds and then three minutes.

The U.S. men had their two-game win streak come to a screeching halt with a lopsided loss to Norway today. Ruohonen and his team of Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Sean Beighton (Seattle), and Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) opened with wins over Sweden and China. In today’s match, however, Steffen Walstad’s rink built an 8-0 lead after four ends, which concluded with a 9-1 win for the Norwegians. The American men return to the ice on Friday for a re-match with Sweden.

About the World Cup:

The Curling World Cup is a four leg international curling series that runs from September to May each season and features men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions. Eight teams will compete in each discipline per tournament. The games are eight ends in length and no extra ends are played. If a game is tied after eight ends a draw-to-the-button takes place. From 2018 to 2022 the Curling World Cup will be staged in Suzhou, China; Omaha, United States; Stockholm, Sweden; and Beijing, China. The first three legs qualify teams for the Grand Final in Beijing.

What are Curling World Cup points?
In the first three Curling World Cup legs teams will be handed three points for wins in eight ends and two points if they win after a single stone shoot-out. The single stone shoot-out replaces extra ends in this competition. Teams that lose shoot-outs get a single point and losing teams after eight ends gets no points. In addition, the winning teams at each event and in each discipline, get 10 points and the runners-up five points. These Curling World Cup points are used to establish a Curling World Cup ranking and are credited to Member Associations (the competing nations) in each discipline. 

How can I watch it?
The Olympic Channel, in partnership with NBC and World Curling TV, will air 14 games live. To view the full schedule, go to https://www.curlingworldcup.com/news/curling-world-cup-live-coverage-details-revealed.
 
There will also be a daily live blog and live scores on www.curlingworldcup.com. You can also follow all the latest on Twitter and Instagram (@CurlingWorldCup) and via the #CurlingWorldCup hashtag.

Which American teams are competing?

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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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).