USA finishes second in mixed doubles at Curling World Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Sept. 15, 2018, 10:14 p.m. (ET)

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Sept. 15, 2018

USA’s Anderson, Dropkin finish second at Curling World Cup in China

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s duo of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin saw their win streak come to an end at the most inopportune time as Canada defeated the U.S. in the mixed doubles final today at the Curling World Cup in Suzhou, China.

Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) went a perfect 6-0 in round robin at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre to earn a spot in the final against Canada’s Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres but a big steal to open the second half of the match broke open a tight match. USA started the scoring with a deuce in the opening end while holding Canada to a single in the second end. The U.S. matched that in the third and again held the Canadians to one point to maintain control. A key miss in the fifth end resulted in a steal of three points for Canada, which went on to win the match, 7-3. The title win qualifies Walker and Muyres to the Curling World Cup grand final in May in Beijing, China. The win nets the U.S. five more World Cup points toward qualifying for the grand final where more prize money is up for grabs.

"I think we feel really good about our week," Anderson said. "We might not have come out with the 'W' in the end, but I think we’re really happy with how we played. We just needed a couple more shots. It just came down to execution and we missed a few shots on the wrong side." 

"It was a great experience to come here for the first Curling World Cup and I think it’s only going to help us moving forward and make us more determined to come back better," Dropkin said. "We figured it was better going into the last end down four with hammer versus giving them hammer with the power-play up two. That would have been tough to come back from. We don’t regret that call – you live and you learn and I think it was a decent call on our part." 

Rich Ruohonen and the U.S. men finished the round robin with a 2-4 record while Nina Roth and the American women went 3-3 to finish second in their pool. Omaha will host the next leg of the Curling World Cup Dec. 5-9 at Ralston Arena. Canada and Norway will meet in the men’s final while Canada and Sweden will face off in the women’s Cup final.

The second leg of the Curling World Cup will take place in December in Omaha, Neb. 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.

 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. 

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/.

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