Sweden set to host third leg of Curling World Cup

Jan. 28, 2019, 12:55 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 28, 2019

Sweden set to host third stage of Curling World Cup; Olympic Channel, NBCSN to air 9 games

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The third stage of the Curling World Cup heads to Jonkoping, Sweden, this week as 24 teams from 10 countries compete in the five-day event at the Jonkoping Curling Club.

The United States will be represented by the mixed doubles duo of Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.) as well as the Cory Christensen and Mark Fenner rinks.

The Hamilton siblings will kick off the competition on Wednesday afternoon against Norway’s Kristin Skaslien, who won the Omaha leg, and new partner for this event – Thomas Ulsrud, a very familiar face in the curling world. Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) will begin pool play against Niklas Edin’s home team. Phill Drobnick is the coach for both mixed doubles and men’s teams. Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) begin the competition against Scotland’s Sophie Jackson on Wednesday night. The team is coached by Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.).

The World Curling Federation and Kingdomway Sports organize the event, which features four stages. Canada swept all three disciplines in the first leg of the tournament in September in Suzhou, China. At the second leg in Omaha, Neb., in December, John Shuster’s U.S. team won the men’s title while Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa rink won the women’s event. The Norwegian duo of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten captured the mixed doubles title. In addition to prize money, the winners of each stage also earn coveted berths to the Curling World Cup Grand Final in May in Beijing where a bigger prize pool will be available.

Eight countries will compete in each discipline in pool play (double round robin) Wednesday through Saturday night to determine Sunday’s playoff contenders. A total of 14 matches from Curling World Cup leg three in Jonkoping will be streamed live on World Curling TV and by selected TV broadcasters.

To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to www.curlingworldcup.com/news/curling-world-cup-live-coverage-details-for-jonkoping.

The games will be eight ends in length and no extra ends will be played. If a game is tied after eight ends a draw-to-the-button will take place.

Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule (all times local, +7 CT):

Wednesday, Jan. 30:

2:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud

5:30 p.m., USA men vs. Sweden’s Niklas Edin

8:30 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland’s Sophie Jackson

Thursday, Jan. 31:

8:30 a.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia’s Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev

12 p.m., USA women vs. Korea’s Minji Kim

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China’s Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie; USA men vs. Japan’s Masaki Iwai

8 p.m., USA women vs. Japan’s Tori Koana

Friday, Feb. 1:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway

4 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland; USA men vs. Sweden

8 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia

Saturday, Feb. 2:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Korea

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China; USA men vs. Japan

4 p.m., USA women vs. Japan

8 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland

Sunday, Dec. 9:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., men’s final

4 p.m., women’s final

Additional men’s teams include Canada (Matt Dunstone), China (Xiuyue Ma), Norway (Steffen Walstad) and Scotland (Ross Paterson). The opposite women’s pool includes Canada (Darcy Robertson), China (Yilun Jiang), Russia (Anna Sidorova), and Sweden (Anna Hasselborg). The other mixed doubles teams include Canada (Kadriana Sahaidak, Colton Lott), Korea (Hyeri Jang, Chiwon Choi), Sweden (Camilla Noreen, Per Noreen), and Switzerland (Jenny Perret, Martin Rios).

To learn more about the new Curling World Cup, go to www.curlingworldcup.com/.

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).