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Oct. 6, 2019
Hebert rink headed to 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Ethan Hebert’s rink never gave up and put the pressure on Coleman Thurston’s team to steal a 5-4 victory to become Team USA at the upcoming 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Hebert (Lowell, Mass.), 15, and his team of Kaitlin Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio), Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) successfully played defense in the latter two ends to win the 2020 U.S. Youth Olympic Team Trials for Curling at the Denver Curling Club in Golden, Colo.
They will now represent the U.S. at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) Jan. 10-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team is coached by 2010 Olympian John Benton (Blaine, Minn.).
After holding Team Hebert to a single in the opening end, Thurston (Poynette, Wis.) helped his team take the lead with a great fourth end. Thurston, 17, and teammates Anna Tamboli (Portage, Wis.), Marius Kleinas (Marstons Mills, Mass.), and Lara Katz (Weston, Conn.) got three stones in the house early and protected them all when Thurston made a takeout with the final shot to take a 3-1 advantage.
Hebert’s team would then be forced to draw for a single point while facing two Thurston stones in the fifth end. The teams would exchange singles over the next two ends as the Thurston rink held the hammer in the eighth end. Thurston needed to draw full four-foot for the win, but the stone was heavy out of hand as Hebert’s team stuck around for one more end. It was deja vus in the extra end as Thurston’s final stone in the ninth also slipped deep to give Hebert’s team the winning points.
All final scores are posted at www.usacurl.org.
Line score, championship final:
*Hebert 100 010 11 1 – 5
Thurston 000 301 00 0 – 4
About the Winter Youth Olympic Games:
The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) will take place Jan. 10-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and mark the third time that curling is contested. Twenty-four countries will compete in the mixed curling portion and then 48 teams will battle for medals in mixed doubles at Champéry Curling Arena in Champery, Switzerland. The U.S. team took home silver in team competition in 2016 and bronze in mixed doubles in 2012. To learn more about the 2020 WYOG, go to https://www.olympic.org/lausanne-2020.
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, USA Curling, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 or 608-338-9900 (mobile) or via email at email@example.com.