Team USA set to compete at Grand Final of Curling World Cup

May 02, 2019, 5:19 p.m. (ET)

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May 2, 2019

 

Team USA set to compete at Curling World Cup Grand Final in China

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The final stage of the first year of the Curling World Cup will feature three U.S. teams competing for medals and big prize money at the Grand Final next week in Beijing.

 

Teams skipped by John Shuster (Superior, Wis.), Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and the mixed doubles duo of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) are set to contend at the Beijing Shougang Sports Center May 8-12.

 

Eight countries will compete in each discipline in pool play (double round robin) to determine the finalists. A total of eight Team USA round robin matches as well as the gold-medal games will be live or same-day delay on the Olympic Channel and NBCSN. To see a complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/May/02/Curling-World-Cup-TV-schedule.

 

Shuster’s team is set to compete against Canada’s Matt Dunstone, China’s Dexin Ba and Sweden’s Niklas Edin in pool play. Shuster, Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) won the men’s title at the Curling World Cup’s second stage in Omaha, Neb., in December.

 

Roth and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) will battle against Canada’s Jennifer Jones, China’s Yilun Jiang and Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa in round robin play. In mixed doubles, Anderson and Dropkin, who were runners-up at the opening leg of the Curling World Cup in Suzhou, China, will go up against Switzerland, China and Canada.

 

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. At the conclusion of the round robin, the team with the most points will advance to the gold-medal games.

 

Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule (all times local, +12 ET):

 

Wednesday, May 8:

3 p.m., USA women vs. China (Yilun Jiang)

6:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Switzerland (Michele Jaeggi-Sven Michel)

9 p.m., USA men vs. Canada (Matt Dunstone)

 

Thursday, May 9:

8:30 a.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Canada (Laura Walker-Kirk Muyres)

12 p.m., USA men vs. China (Dexin Ba); USA women vs. Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa)

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China (Cao Chang-Yuan Mingjie)

7:30 p.m., USA men vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin)

 

Friday, May 10:

8:30 a.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Switzerland; USA women vs. Canada (Jennifer Jones)

12 p.m., USA men vs. Canada

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Canada; USA women vs. China

 

Saturday, May 11:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. China

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

4 p.m., USA men vs. Sweden

7:30 p.m., USA women vs. Canada

 

Sunday, May 12:

9 a.m., men’s final

1 p.m., mixed doubles final

4 p.m., women’s final

 

Other competing teams:

 

Women: Korea (Minji Kim), Russia (Anna Sidorova), Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)

 

Men: Canada (Kevin Koe), Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), Scotland (Ross Paterson), Switzerland (Yannick Schwaller)

 

Mixed doubles: Canada (Kadriana Sahaidak, Colton Lott), Norway (Kristin Skaslien, Magnus Nedregotten), Russia (Maria Komarova, Daniil Goriachev), Switzerland (Jenny Perret, Martin Rios)

 

About the event:

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. At the third stop in Jonkoping, Sweden, the team titles were won by Korea’s Minji Kim and Canada’s Matt Dunstone while Canadian duo Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott won mixed doubles.

 

Format:

  • Each event, including the Grand Final, will have competitions for women, men and mixed doubles and will last five days, starting on a Wednesday and finishing on a Sunday.
  • Games will be eight ends as standard and, in each discipline, there will be two groups of four.
  • Teams will play a double round robin, with the teams finishing top of their groups moving into finals that will decide the winners.
  • There will be no extra ends to decide tied games. Instead, there will be a one stone shoot-out, for each team, with the team closest to the button winning the game.
  • Teams will earn three points for a win in eight ends and two points if they win after a shoot-out. The team that loses the shoot-out gets a single point and a losing team after eight ends gets no points. In addition, the winning team, in each discipline, will get ten points and the runner-up five points. These Curling World Cup Points are accumulated in each discipline throughout the first three legs and credited to the Member Associations, to establish the Curling World Cup ranking.

 

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

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).