USA off to winning start at World Mixed Doubles

By Terry L, Davis | April 20, 2019, 9:10 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2019

 

USA kicks off World Mixed Doubles Championship on winning note

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) made their presence known on opening day of the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship with a 10-1 victory over Poland in Stavanger, Norway.

 

“Mixed Doubles is fun and it’s different,” said Shuster, 2018 Olympic gold medallist. “Cory and I have been playing together for four years now and we’ve gotten more comfortable with it. We’re excited to get a chance to represent the U.S. at the world championships and come out and play a solid game to start with.”

 

While Poland’s Zuzanna Rybicka and Bartosz Dzikowski started the game at Sørmarka Arena with the last rock advantage over the American Olympians, it was Christensen and Shuster who put the first points on the scoreboard when they stole the first three ends to build a 6-0 lead. Poland was held to a single in the fourth end and the U.S. team went on the offensive in the fifth as they scored three more points. A single steal in the sixth end by the U.S. was enough for Poland as they conceded the round robin match.

 

“I was a little nervous before hitting the ice and that’s a good thing. But to have John there, he’s such a great teammate, we’re really comfortable with the ice and we played really well,” said Christensen, who was the alternate on the women’s 2018 Olympic team.

 

The win puts the U.S., which shot 90 percent in earning the win over Poland today, in a four-way tie for first place in Group F with Spain, Russia and Latvia, who they will face tomorrow afternoon.

 

“We just want to play well this week and, if we do that we expect to be here come playoff time,” Shuster said. The U.S. will play seven round robin games in hopes of reaching the playoff round next weekend.

 

Line score:

*Poland              000 100 xx – 1

USA                     132 031 xx – 10

*last rock in first end

 

Standings, Group F:

Latvia                  1-0

Russia                 1-0

Spain                   1-0

USA                     1-0

Greece                0-1

Kosovo                0-1

Poland                0-1

Slovenia              0-1

 

To view the full standings, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2019.

 

About the event:

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 are airing 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 are 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):

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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).