USA wins bronze at World Mixed Doubles Championship

By Terry L. Davis | April 27, 2019, 9:37 a.m. (ET)

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April 27, 2019

 

USA wins bronze at World Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – For just the second time, a team from the United States reached the podium at the World Mixed Doubles Championship after Team USA’s Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) defeated Australia in an extra end today to secure the bronze medal in Stavanger, Norway.

 

After a 9-5 loss to Canada earlier today in the semifinals, the U.S. found itself in an early hole against Australian duo Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt in the bronze-medal game at Sørmarka Arena.

 

“It was our goal to medal here and to do it for U.S. is amazing and exciting,” said Christensen, a college student, who won silver at the 2016 World Juniors. 

 

Down 3-0 after three ends, the resilient Americans battled back with points in the next four ends to take a 4-3 lead after a game-changing missed shot from Australia in the seventh. The Australians used their power play in the seventh end and had a shot for five points lined up – even four would have been good if the shooter stone didn’t stay in play. However, Gill’s takeout attempt was a foot wide and the U.S. would steal the seventh end to shift the game’s momentum in their favor.

 

In the eighth end, Australia had a chance to score two for the win but only earned one when Gill’s promotion takeout was only good enough to score one as the game headed into an extra end. Shuster vigorously swept his final stone of the ninth end past an Australian rock in the top of the house to remove the opponent’s shot stone and leave the American rock on the button. Australia’s only chance to win would be to remove that U.S. stone, which was frozen to an Australian rock behind it. Gill’s up-weight takeout was off target, however, and Christensen did not need to throw USA’s final stone with the bronze-medal winning point in place.

 

“It’s mixed doubles, so even if you go down early, you always have a chance in mixed doubles if you can make a few,” said Shuster, who adds to his growing international medal collection.

 

This is the second time the U.S. has won bronze at this event but first for Olympians Shuster, 36, and Christensen, 24. Canada and Sweden, which defeated Australia 7-5 in semi-finals, will face off for the gold medal at 4 p.m. (local time) today.

 

Despite the loss, this was an all-time best finish for Australia in mixed doubles. ”It wasn’t an easy task out there,” said Hewitt. “They put the pressure on us there for a lot of the ends and they played great and really fought back.”

 

Line score, bronze-medal game:

*Australia          111 000 01 0 – 4

USA                     000 111 10 1 – 5

 

Line score, semi-final:

Canada               030 302 1x – 9

*USA                   101 030 0x – 5

*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)

Canada 9, USA 5 (semifinal)

USA 5, Australia 4 (bronze-medal game)

 

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).