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May 11, 2019
Mixed doubles team wins bronze at Curling World Cup Grand Final
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) didn’t get a chance to play for the big money on Sunday but they will bring home bronze medals from the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing, China.
The American duo finished the round robin with a 7-5 victory over China’s Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie at Beijing Shougang Sports Center. Canada’s Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres would win their match this morning as well to earn the event final berth from Group A. They will take on Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten for the gold medal and prize money on Sunday afternoon.
In men’s competition, China’s Qiang Zou rink defeated John Shuster’s rink, 6-3, to start the day – a day that produced two wins to put the Chinese men into Sunday’s final. They will take on Canada’s Kevin Koe rink, which won Group B. Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) would bounce back to defeat Sweden’s Niklas Edin, 6-4, to finish with a 3-3 record.
Nina Roth and the U.S. ladies got into the win column when they defeated Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa, 9-4.
Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) then stole the win from Canada’s Jennifer Jones to end on a positive note in Beijing. Despite the loss, Jones and her crew move on to Sunday’s final where they will take on the world champions from Switzerland, skipped by Silvana Tirinzoni. All of the championship finals will be featured on the Olympic Channel or NBCSN.
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.
9 a.m., men’s final, China vs. Canada
1 p.m., mixed doubles final, Norway vs. Canada
4 p.m., women’s final, Switzerland vs. Canada
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