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Feb. 13, 2019
World Junior Championships begin Saturday in Canada
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. men are looking to make a fourth straight playoff appearance while the American women are looking to get back in the medal hunt as the 2019 World Junior Championships kick off Saturday in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Led by Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), the teams have their eyes set on medals at the weeklong world championship at the Queens Place Emera Centre.
Stopera, 21, who is leading the American men’s team for the third straight year, and his team of Luc Violette (Edmonds, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Cleveland, Ohio), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) kick off the round robin on Saturday night against host Canada. The team is coached by Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio). The U.S. men finished fourth last year and earned a silver medal in 2017. Overall, the U.S. men have won the world junior title three times – in 2008, 1978 and 1984.
All but one player on Flannery’s team is making their debut at the World Junior Championships after winning the junior national title last month. Flannery, 19, and teammates Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.), Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.), and Abbey Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.) sweep into action on Sunday morning against Japan. Yavarow was the alternate for the U.S. women’s team that finished fifth last year. The team is coached by Bill Rhyme (Green Bay, Wis.). The U.S. women’s program most recently competed in the playoffs in 2016 when the Americans earned silver. The U.S. ladies have only won the world title once (2002).
The teams will compete in a preliminary nine-game round robin with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals on Feb. 22. The medal games will then take place on Feb. 23. Canada swept both divisions as last year’s championship in Scotland. The World Curling Federation will have a live webstream and scores posted at www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2019.
Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, Atlantic Time Zone):
- Saturday: 7:30 p.m., USA men vs. Canada (Tyler Tardi)
- Sunday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Japan (Ami Enami); 3 p.m. USA men vs. China (Weihaoping Wang); 8 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Selena Sturmay)
- Monday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Germany (Klaudius Harsch); 2 p.m., USA women vs. Russia (Vlada Rumiantseva); 7 p.m., USA men vs. Italy (Luca Rizzolli)
- Tuesday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea (Minji Kim); 2 p.m. USA men vs. Norway (Magnus Ramsfjell); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland (Lisa Davie)
- Wednesday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden (Daniel Berggren); 2 p.m., USA women vs. China (Yu Han); 7 p.m., USA men vs. New Zealand (Matthew Neilson)
- Thursday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Sweden (Tova Sundberg); 2 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland (Marco Hoesli); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Switzerland (Raphaela Keiser)
- Friday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland (Ross Whyte); 2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway (Maia Ramsfjell)
Friday: 7:30 p.m., men’s and women’s semifinals
Saturday: 10 a.m., men’s gold- and bronze-medal games
Saturday: 3 p.m., women’s gold- and bronze-medal games
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