Americas Challenge begins Thanksgiving Day in Eveleth

Nov. 22, 2019, 10:32 a.m. (ET)

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Nov. 22, 2019

2020 Americas Challenge begins Thanksgiving Day in Minnesota

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Brazil, Mexico and the United States will compete for berths to the 2020 World Men’s Championship and 2020 World Women’s Championship as the 2020 Americas Challenge begins Thanksgiving Day in Eveleth, Minn.

This is the seventh men’s and second women’s Americas Challenge to take place to determine the second country from the Americas Zone to compete at the subsequent world championships. The Canadian men, by virtue of a higher finish than the U.S. at the 2019 World Men’s Championship, hold the first Americas Zone berth for the 2020 World Men’s Championship in Scotland. Canada, as host of the 2020 World Women’s Championship in March, has earned a spot despite the U.S. women finishing higher than Canada at the 2019 World Women’s Championship.

 

The Americas Challenge teams will play a double round robin beginning Thursday afternoon at the eight-sheet Curl Mesabi.

 

The American men’s team will be comprised of Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle), and Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.). Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) will lead the U.S. women’s team with Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.).

 

Brazil’s men’s team will once again be skipped by Marcelo Mello while Mexico will be led by Diego Tompkins. This will be the seventh time that the Brazilian men will compete in the Challenge and first for Mexico. The U.S. men competed six times previously while Canada competed in 2018.

 

The Brazilian women will be led by Anne Shibuya while Mexico is skipped by Adriana Camarena Osorno. This will be the second time that Brazil’s female contingent will compete in the event and first for Mexico. While the winners receive the berths to the World Championships, the second-place teams earn spots in the 2020 World Qualification event Jan. 13-18 in Lohja, Finland. That competition features eight countries per gender – one from the Americas zone, a team from the host country, two Pacific-Asia teams and four European teams – and is the last chance to qualify for the 2020 World Championships.

 

Live scoring will be available for all games via partner CurlingZone and posted at www.usacurl.org.

 

About the Americas Challenge: For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Junior Championships. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming championship, can face a challenge from any other World Curling Federation member association in the Americas Zone, which currently includes Brazil, Canada, Guyana, Mexico and the United States. 

 

Americas Challenge History:

2019, Chaska, Minn.

Men:

1. USA (4-0)

2. Guyana (2-2)

3. Brazil (0-4)

 

2018, London, Ontario

Men:

1. Canada (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

2017, Duluth, Minn.

Men:

1. USA (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

Women:

1. USA (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

2015, Blaine, Minn.

Men:

1. USA (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

2010, Grafton, N.D.

Men:

1. USA (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

2009, Bismarck, N.D.

Men:

1. USA (3-0)

2. Brazil (0-3)

 

Historical results: http://results.worldcurling.org/

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., 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).