US teams start season on strong note

By Terry L. Davis | Aug. 29, 2019, 10:29 a.m. (ET)

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Aug. 29, 2019

U.S. teams kick off season with playoff appearances

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The Rich Ruohonen rink went 2-2 in Manitoba as the 2019-20 season on World Curling Tour kicked off last weekend for members of USA Curling’s High Performance Program.

Ruohonen (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) and his team of Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle) and Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker in Morris, Manitoba, before falling to JT Ryan’s Canadian squad, 7-6.

USA’s duo of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) are currently competing in the New Zealand Winter Games. The duo finished 4-1 in round robin competition and will next compete in the quarterfinals at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in Naseby. Watch live at https://www.wintergamesnz.kiwi/#winter_nz_video_stream.

The Junior High Performance Program athletes will be in camp next weekend in Chaska, Minn., as they prepare to head out on the Tour the following weekend.

To learn more about the athletes in USA Curling’s programs, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/for-athletes/high-performance-program.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, 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).