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April 15, 2019
World Senior Championships kick off Saturday in Norway
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Two familiar skips will be leading Team USA at the 2019 World Senior Championships April 20-27 in Stavanger, Norway.
Margie Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) will take to the ice on Saturday for the start of the round robin at Sørmarka Arena.
Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) recorded USA’s highest-ever women’s placement at last year’s event when they finished second. It will be the fifth appearance for Smith, Dexter and Kosal, who also won bronze together in 2014. O’Leary will make her sixth appearance. She also won bronze in 2014 as well as in 2015 as skip.
Goodland and his team of Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), and Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.) will begin the round robin on Saturday night against Finland’s Oiva Manninen rink. Goodland, who won silver at this event in 2011, will mark his fifth World Seniors appearance in Norway while Westberg will notch his fourth. Westberg also won silver with Goodland in 2011. It has been 11 years since Fraboni last competed at World Seniors after winning bronze in 2008. Wiza and Birr will make their first appearances. Birr won bronze at the 2007 World Men’s event in Edmonton while Fraboni also won a bronze medalist at the 1991 World Men’s Championship.
The women will take the ice at noon on Saturday against Sweden’s Anette Norberg, who won Olympic gold in 2006 and 2010 and three world women’s titles. The round robin will continue through April 25 followed by playoffs on April 26. The competition concludes on April 27 with semifinal action and medal games.
Canada won both titles last year in Ostersund, Sweden, and lead the world with 12 women’s and 10 men’s gold medals. The U.S. men have won the world senior title three times, most recently in 2015. They also boast six silver and two bronze medals since the event began in 2002. The U.S. women have won bronze five times and silver once (2018). The American men defeated Scotland last year to win the bronze medal.
Live scores & social media: Live scores will be posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wscc2019 and #curling.
Playoff format: For the women, the top three teams in each pool advance to the playoffs. The top ranked team in each pool goes directly to the semifinals. The second- and third-ranked teams will play teams from the opposite group to fill out the semifinal field (e.g., second-place team in Pool A plays third-place team in Pool B). The top 12 men’s teams advance to seeded playoffs. The best teams from the four pools advance directly to the quarterfinals. The other eight countries compete in a qualification playoff round with matchups determined by seeding.
Team USA schedule (all times local, +6 ET):
Saturday: 12 p.m., USA women vs. Sweden (Anette Norberg)
Saturday: 8:30 p.m., USA men vs. Finland (Oiva Manninen)
Sunday: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Australia (Sandy Gagnon)
Sunday: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Belgium (John Robillard)
Monday, April 22: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Russia (Tatiana Smirnova)
Monday, April 22: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Hong Kong (Grace Bugg)
Monday, April 22: 4 p.m., USA men vs. Denmark (Ulrik Schmidt)
Tuesday, April 23: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Finland (Elina Virtaala)
Wednesday, April 24: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Gaiva Valatkiene)
Wednesday, April 24: 8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)
Thursday, April 25: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Wales (David Tranmer)
Thursday, April 25: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Sherry Anderson)
Additional competing countries:
Pool A, Men: Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, France, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong
Pool B, Men: Canada, Germany, Norway, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Kazakhstan
Pool C, Men: Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, England, Japan, Poland, Slovakia
Pool B, Women: Denmark, England, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland
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