Olympians Christensen and Shuster set to debut at World Mixed Doubles

April 15, 2019, 12:17 p.m. (ET)

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April 15, 2019

 

Olympians Christensen, Shuster to make World Mixed Doubles Championship debut

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Olympians Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) are set to make their debut at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship this weekend in Stavanger, Norway.

 

The 2018 Olympic teammates will represent the U.S. in a field of 48 competing countries at the weeklong world championship. The round robin kicks off Saturday and runs through April 27 at the Sørmarka Arena.

 

The 48 teams have been placed into six groups, based on World Curling Federation (WCF) ranking, for a preliminary round robin to determine the playoff contenders. At the end of the round robin, there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. The top two teams will qualify directly for the Round of 16 playoffs, as well as the four third-ranked teams with the best Last Stone Draw (LSD) results.

 

The U.S. team will battle Poland in their opening round robin game at 4:30 p.m. (local time) Saturday. The American duo will be in Group F for the round robin and compete against Spain, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Russia, and Slovenia, in addition to Poland. Five WCF Member Associations will compete in their first World Curling Federation event – Kosovo, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine with Chinese Taipei and Greece also competing in their first World Mixed Doubles (both federations have competed in other WCF events).

 

This is the final season in which this event will be an open entry for World Curling Federation (WCF) member associations. Beginning next season, a new 20-team world championship will take place (more details on the competition and qualification to be announced).

 

Shuster, 36, recently competed at the 2019 World Men’s Championship where he led the American team to a fifth-place finish. Christensen, 24, and Shuster won their first mixed doubles national title in March in Seattle to earn the right to represent the U.S. at this year’s world championship. Christensen competed at five World Junior Championships, earning a silver medal in her final year of junior eligibility. She was the alternate on Nina Roth’s 2018 Olympic team as well as at the 2017 World Women’s Championship. Shuster is no stranger to international competition as a four-time Olympian and reigning Olympic champion. He has competed in eight World Men’s Championship and won the Winter World University Games in 2007 in addition to the Omaha leg of the Curling World Cup in December. He’ll compete in the Curling World Cup Grand Final next month in Beijing. The U.S. team will be coached by Pete Fenson and Derek Brown.

 

The World Mixed Doubles Championship debuted in 2008 in Vierumaki, Finland. Since then Switzerland has won seven of 11 world titles, including last year when they defeated Russia for the gold medal. The highest U.S. finish was in 2016 when the Americans won bronze.

 

TV and webstream: The Olympic Channel and NBCSN will carry three of Team USA’s round robin games as well as the playoffs and other non-USA round robin games. A complete schedule is posted at https://go.teamusa.org/2IgyzAG.

 

Live scores & social media: Live scores will be posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wmdcc2019 and #curling.

 

Team USA schedule (all times local, +6 ET):

Saturday, April 20: 4:30 p.m., USA vs. Poland (Zuzanna Rybicka/Bartosz Dzikowski)

Sunday, April 21: 5:45 p.m., USA vs. Latvia (Santa Blumberga/Ritvars Gulbis)

Monday, April 22: 8 a.m., USA vs. Greece (Eleni Zacharia/Alexandros Arampatzis)

Tuesday, April 23: 11:15 a.m., USA vs. Kosovo (Eldena Dakaj/Peter Andersen)

Tuesday, April 23: 9 p.m. vs. Slovenia (Ajda Zavratanik Drglin/Jure Culic)

Wednesday, April 24: 5:45 p.m., USA vs. Spain (Oihane Otaegi/Mikel Unanue)

Thursday, April 25: 7:30 p.m., USA vs Russia (Anastasia Moskaleva/Alexander Eremin)

 

Additional competing countries:

Pool A: Belarus, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine

Pool B: Austria, Brazil, Guyana, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Turkey

Pool C: Australia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Nigeria, Wales

Pool D: Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia

Pool E: England, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Korea, Saudia Arabia, Qatar, New Zealand

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Toyota, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Carhartt, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Brakebush, Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

 

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