Team USA cruises to third victory at World Mixed Doubles

April 22, 2019, 11:40 a.m. (ET)

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April 22, 2019

 

Team USA perfect at World Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – In their first appearance at the event, Team USA’s Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) are cruising through the round robin of the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship like they’ve been here before.

 

With a 13-4 victory this morning over Greece’s Eleni Zacharia and Alexandros Arampatzis, the U.S. duo is 3-0 in Group F of the seven-game round robin at Sørmarka Arena in Stavanger, Norway.

 

The U.S. started with last rock advantage today but a hiccup on a double takeout attempt with Christensen’s final stone of the first end gave Greece an early 2-0 lead. The Americans countered with two in the second and held Greece to a single in the third end. A takeout with Christensen’s final stone of the fourth end gave the U.S. its first lead when they scored three points. Another force of one in the fifth end gave the U.S. the hammer back in the sixth end where they scored another big end. Greece was unsuccessful with a freeze attempt that gave Christensen a draw for four points. When Greece was light on its final draw in the seventh, the U.S would steal four points to close out the game.

 

Shuster is currently ranked No. 2 in shooting percentage of the 48 male athletes. Christensen is tied for fourth place at 76 percent.

 

The American duo returns to the ice on Tuesday with two round robin matches. In the 11:15 morning session they will face Kosovo (0-3) and meet Slovenia (1-2) in the 9 p.m. draw.

 

Line score:

*USA     020 304 4x – 13

Greece  201 010 0x – 4

*last rock in first end

 

Standings, Group F:

Russia                 3-0

Spain                   3-0

USA                     3-0

Latvia                  1-2

Poland                1-2

Slovenia              1-2

Greece                0-3

Kosovo                0-3

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):

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

Tuesday: 9 p.m., USA 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).