Get to know Team Flannery

By Colton Wood | Feb. 12, 2019, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

Get to know…Team Flannery!

This fall we introduced a new web series focused on getting to know some of the athletes in USA Curling’s Junior High Performance Program as we build toward Beijing 2022 and beyond. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Team Cait Flannery:

Cait Flannery, skip, 19, hails from Mankato, Minn., and is a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is majoring in exercise science and hopes to go on to graduate school for occupational therapy.

Greatest on-ice moment: Anytime she gets to hear a joke from Rebecca

Person who has influenced her curling career the most: Her dad


Favorite club/arena to curl at: Chaska Curling Center


Favorite off-ice workout: Running with 15 push-ups every half-mile


Favorite meal: Either Indian, Chinese or sushi

Team USA bio:

Leah Yavarow, vice skip, 17, is Bemidji, Minn., and is currently a student at the Bemidji High School. In the fall she is planning to attend Mankato State or Winona State University to study nursing or family consumer science. Ultimately, she’d like to become a registered nurse and then go on to become a flight nurse or certified nurse midwife.

Person who influenced her curling career the most: Her parents and 2010 Olympian Natalie Nicholson.

Favorite curling club: St. Vital, Manitoba, or Chaska Curling Center, Chaska, Minn.

Celebrity she’d like to have join Team Flannery: Joanne Courtney of Team Rachel Homan

Favorite off-ice workout: Stair step machines or bench dips

Favorite meal: Pasta with breadsticks or ribs with green beans and a fresh bowl of fruit

Team USA bio:

Lexi Lanigan, second, 21, is from Duluth, Minn., and a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities majoring in business and marketing, along with minors in leadership and family social sciences.

Greatest on-ice moment: Becoming a junior champion in her final year as a junior

Biggest curling influence: “Hard to pick only one! My mom has always supported me. She and my aunt Patti Luke got me started in curling before I can even remember. They, along with Norma O’Leary, have influenced me over the years.”

Favorite curling club: Her club in Duluth, Minn.

Favorite off-ice workout: Lifting

Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza from Sammy’s in Duluth

Team USA bio:

Rebecca Miles, 18, is the team’s lead and hails from Duluth, Minn. Though she has been accepted to several colleges, she is still undecided on where she wants to go. She hopes to major in something related to science or math.

Greatest on-ice moment: Winning junior nationals in January

Biggest curling influence: Local Duluth curler Jim Milner

Curling superstition: “I don’t really have any superstitions, but I have a habit of running my thumb over my bottom lip or the bridge of my nose, especially after shots. I also draw constellations on my mittens that help me refocus and calm down.”

Favorite curling club: Any arena

Celebrity she’d like to have join Team Flannery: John Mulaney or Chris Pratt

Favorite off-ice workout: Anything cardio

Favorite food: Soup or chili in the cold, kebabs with rice pilaf during the warm months

Team USA bio:

The team’s alternate for the World Juniors is Abbey Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.). The team is coached by Bill Rhyme of Green Bay, Wis., a two-time U.S. senior men’s national champion and two-time World Senior Championships medalist (silver and bronze).