U.S. teams open with two wins at Grand Final in Beijing

By Terry L. Davis | May 08, 2019, 12:11 p.m. (ET)

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May 8, 2019

 

U.S. opens with two wins at Curling World Cup Grand Final

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. won two of three opening matches as the Curling World Cup Grand Final began today at Beijing Shougang Sports Center in China.

 

USA’s mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) defeated Switzerland’s Michele Jaeggi and Sven Michel, 8-5, in Group A of the double round robin.

 

John Shuster’s team allowed Canada’s Matt Dunstone to get back in the game and force a shoot-out to determine the winner. Shuster would deliver his final stone closer to the button than Dunstone as the American men earned the 7-6 win. A shootout win only provides two points in the overall standings, however, versus three for a traditional victory. Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) have two matches on tap Thursday when they face China (1-0) and Sweden (0-1).

 

Nina Roth and the U.S. ladies gave up a big end to China’s Yilun Jiang in a 9-2 loss as they began their round robin competition in the opening draw today. Roth and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) will return to the ice tomorrow to take on Japan, which also lost its opening match.

 

USA line scores:

*USA (Anderson-Dropkin)           301 011 02 – 8

SUI (Jaeggi-Michel)                       010 300 10 – 5

 

*USA (John Shuster)                     202 100 10 – 6**

Canada 1 (Matt Dunstone)          010 013 01 – 6

 

*China (Yilun Jiang)                       200 410 2x – 9

USA (Nina Roth)                             010 001 0x – 2

 

*last rock in first end

**win via shootout

 

Standings: Mixed doubles

Group A:                                         W/L       Points

Canada 1 (Walker-Muyres)         1-0         3           

USA (Anderson-Dropkin)             1-0         3

China (Chang-Mingjie)                  0-1         0

Switzerland (Jaeggi-Michel)         0-1         0

 

Standings: Mixed doubles

Group B:                                          W/L       Points

Norway (Skaslien-Nedregotten) 1-0         3

Russia (Komarova-Goriachev)    1-0         3

Canada 2 (Sahaidak-Lott)            0-1         0

Switzerland 2 (Perret-Rios)         0-1         0

 

Standings: Men

Group A:                                         W/L       Points

China (Zou)                                     1-0         3

USA (Shuster)                                 1-0         2

Canada 1 (Dunstone)                   0-1         1

Sweden (Edin)                                0-1         0

 

Standings: Men

Group B:                                          W/L       Points

Scotland (Paterson)                      1-0         3

Switzerland (Schwaller)                1-0         3

Canada 2 (Koe)                              0-1         0

Norway (Ulsrud)                            0-1         0

 

Standings: Women

Group A:                                         W/L       Points

Canada (Jones)                              1-0         3

China (Jiang)                                   1-0         3

Japan (Fujisawa)                            0-1         0

USA (Roth)                                      0-1         0

 

Standings: Women

Group B:                                          W/L       Points

Korea (Kim)                                     1-0         3

Switzerland (Tirinzoni)                 1-0         3

Russia (Sidorova)                           0-1         0

Sweden (Hasselborg)                   0-1         0

 

TV and lives scores:

The Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing coverage in the U.S. for the event. To see a complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/May/02/Curling-World-Cup-TV-schedule. Live scores of every game are available at https://www.curlingworldcup.com/events/grand-final-beijing-china.

 

Team USA’s schedule (all times local, +12 ET):

 

Thursday:

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:

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:

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:

9 a.m., men’s final

1 p.m., mixed doubles final

4 p.m., women’s final

 

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/.

 

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).