USA to play for medal at World Mixed Doubles Championship

By Terry L. Davis | April 26, 2019, 3:38 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2019

 

USA moves on to semifinals of World Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) have a chance at a medal after defeating Estonia today at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Stavanger, Norway.

 

With a 9-5 victory over Estonia’s Marie Turmann and Harri Lill, the U.S. duo has advanced to the semifinals. The Americans (8-1) will now face Canada (8-1) in the semifinals at 9 a.m./3 a.m. ET Saturday at Sørmarka Arena.

 

“That was a battle, they came out and played really, really well,” Shuster said. “The second half came out and we got a three with our power play and it gave us a chance. We use the power play when it feels right.”

 

Sweden and Australia will meet in the other semifinal, which means that a new champion will be crowned. In the short history of the event, which began in 2008, only Switzerland, Russia and Hungary have won the world title. All three of those countries made the playoffs but lost out in either the Round of 16 or quarterfinals. This is the third time that the U.S. has advanced to the semifinals. In 2012, the U.S. finished fourth while in 2016 they won their first medal when Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson secured the bronze.

“We play Canada next and we know that’s’ going to be a huge game and we know they’re going to come out and play really well,” Christensen said. “We had a really solid go there so feeling good going into tomorrow.”

 

The USA-Canada semifinal will be featured live on the Olympic Channel in partnership with NBC Sports and World Curling TV.

 

The U.S. team started strong using the hammer to score a deuce and followed up with a single steal. Estonia came surging back to tie the game after four ends. The Americans started the second half by using their power play to set up a big end. Turmann would miss a double takeout attempt that gave Christensen a draw for three as the U.S. took the lead for good. Estonia would score two in the sixth and held on to their power play until the eighth. However, the Americans set up another big end in the seventh and just had to play defense to keep Estonia at bay as they ran their opponent out of rocks.

 

Line score:

Estonia               002 102 0x – 5

*USA                   210 030 3x – 9 

*last rock in first end

 

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 results:

USA 10, Poland 1

USA 9, Latvia 3

USA 13, Greece 4

USA 11, Kosovo 0

USA 12, Slovenia 3

USA 8, Spain 5

Russia 5, USA 4

USA 7, England 4 (Round of 16 playoffs)

USA 9, Estonia 5 (quarterfinals)

 

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