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Dec. 10, 2019
USA set to earn back world championship berth
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Cora Farrell will lead Team USA’s charge to earn back a berth to the 2020 World Junior Championships this week in Finland.
Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska) and her team of Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Allison Howell (Solon, Ohio), and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) will compete in the World Junior B Championships where the final three men’s and three women’s berths to the 2020 World Juniors will be determined. The U.S. men are already qualified based on the Americans’ fifth-place finish at last year’s world event.
The U.S. ladies, with Farrell, 20, calling the game and Flannery throwing last stones, are coached by Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio). The U.S. will compete in a five-game round robin at Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja with hopes of securing a spot in next week’s playoffs to vie for the coveted berths.
The U.S. women have plenty of international experience with Farrell and Flannery teaming up to win silver at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Flannery, Yavarow and Miles were members of Team USA at last year’s World Junior Championships. In addition, Howell competed at the 2017 and 2018 World Juniors. Yavarow also was the alternate at the 2018 World Juniors.
Nineteen countries will compete for the women’s berths while 24 countries are set to vie for the men’s spots. The 2020 World Junior Championships will be staged Feb. 15-22 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The U.S. women finished eighth at last year’s World Juniors to be relegated from the event. The winners of the 2020 USA Curling Junior National Championships will represent the U.S. at the 2020 World Juniors, pending the women’s qualification.
All games will be eight ends in length at the World Junior B Championships. The World Curling Federation will have live scoring at https://worldcurling.org/events/wjbcc2019/.
Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin schedule in Group A (all times local, +7 ET):
Thursday: USA vs. Czech Republic (Luisa Klimova), 8 p.m.
Friday: USA vs. Italy (Stefania Constantini), 8 p.m.
Saturday: USA vs. Austria (Sara Haidinger), 4 p.m.
Sunday: USA vs. Turkey (Mihriban Polat), 8 a.m.
Monday: USA vs. Spain (Maria Gomez), 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Qualification playoffs, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18: Semifinals, 9 a.m.; medal games, 2 p.m.
Group A: Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Turkey, United States
Group B: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovenia
Group C: England, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland
United States, Japan and Scotland were relegated to the B Division based on their performance at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 in Liverpool, Canada.
Group A: Croatia, Spain, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey
Group B: Austria, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Sweden
Group C: Australia, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, Chinese Taipei
Sweden, China and Italy were relegated to the B Division based on their finishes at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019.
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