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March 26, 2019
World Men’s Championship kicks off Saturday in Alberta
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Olympic champion John Shuster is focused on leading Team USA to more gold as the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship kicks off Saturday in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Shuster (Superior, Wis.), 36, and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.), and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) are looking to break a 41-year gap of world men’s titles for the U.S.
Team USA has made the playoffs at the past three world championships, earning bronze in 2016 with Shuster. The last time the American men won gold at this event was in 1978. The U.S. also won in 1976, 1974 and 1965. The last time the U.S. men advanced to the championship final was in 1981.
This will be Shuster’s eighth world championship experience (fifth as skip) – the second most experience in this year’s field. It will be the third appearance for Plys, 30, who joined the team this season. Hamilton, 30, and Landsteiner, 28, have competed with Shuster at the 2017 (fourth place), 2016 (bronze) and 2015 (fifth place) world championships. This is the first world men’s appearance for Dropkin, 23, who has represented the U.S. at two world mixed doubles and four world junior championships. The team is coached by Don Bartlett, Phill Drobnick and Derek Brown.
Sweden is the defending champion after defeating Canada at last year’s world championship in Las Vegas, Nev. Scotland won bronze with a victory over Korea while the U.S. men finished sixth after a playoff loss to eventual silver-medalist Canada.
The American men will begin the round robin on Saturday afternoon against the Netherlands at 2 p.m. MT at ENMAX Centre. TV coverage for the U.S. matches will begin on Sunday on the Olympic Channel and NBCSN.
How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN will combine to carry live coverage of eight of Team USA’s 12 round robin games plus the playoffs. To see the complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/March/26/TV-schedule-for-World-Mens-Championship.
Live scores & social media: Live scores will be posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wmcc2019 and #curling.
Playoff format: At the conclusion of the 12-game round robin, the top six teams will advance to the playoffs. The teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 will move directly to the semifinals. The other four playoff rinks will compete in qualification playoffs. The winners of the semifinals move on to the gold-medal game while the losing sides compete for bronze.
Team USA schedule (all times local, Mountain Time):
Saturday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Netherlands (Jaap Van Dorp)
Sunday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Korea (SooHyuk Kim)
Sunday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Germany (Marc Muskatewitz)
Monday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Scotland (Bruce Mouat)
Monday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Russia (Sergey Glukhov)
Tuesday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz)
Wednesday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Italy (Joel Retornaz)
Wednesday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. China (Qiang Zou)
Thursday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Canada (Kevin Koe)
Thursday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Japan (Yuta Matsumura)
Friday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin)
Friday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Norway (Magnus Ramsfjell)
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