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Oct. 15, 2019
USA’s win streak at four games at 2019 World Mixed Championship in Scotland
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA is in a good rhythm at the 2019 World Mixed Championship after securing its fourth straight win in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Hunter Clawson and his American rink defeated Sweden’s Simon Olofsson, 8-3, today to improve to 4-1 in the round robin standings in Group C at Curl Aberdeen.
“We felt really confident, the team was making every shot,” Hunter Clawson said. “It was a little tricky in the first two ends with the ice being a little different than we’ve seen, but it’s nothing we’re not supposed to adjust for.”
The game against Sweden was tied 2-2 after three ends, but it was the U.S. team that broke open the game in the fourth end when they scored four points to fuel the 8-3 victory.
“We knew we had to be up for this game. We knew this was a really big one and we can’t afford to coast through the rest of the round robin,” said Hunter Clawson, who also skipped Team USA at the 2017 World Mixed Championship. “We have to focus on the game at hand and keep learning all we can about the ice.”
Clawson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and teammates Katherine Gourianova (Potomac, Md.), Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Sydney Mullaney (Concord, Mass.) also defeated Hungary’s Gyorgy Nagy rink, 7-4, last night to remain in strong contention to make the Round of 16 playoffs on Friday. They are coached by Eric Clawson (Clarksville, Md.).
“I think we played well. The first two ends were a bit tough, the ice felt a bit different than it had been in the morning, but we adjusted, got ourselves together and powered through,” said Gourianova, 18. “We knew that would be a tough game, but we expected all of our games to be tough. We never expect to have an easy game with any team. We always expect a good close game, and that’s what we had.”
Clawson and Team USA return to the ice on Wednesday to take on Kazakhstan (3-1). After that they will face Australia (1-3) on Thursday to conclude the round robin portion of the tournament. To follow along throughout the competition, go to www.worldcurling.org.
USA 020 402 xx – 8
*Sweden 101 010 xx – 3
*Hungary 210 010 0x – 4
USA 003 102 1x – 7
*last rock in first end
Group C standings:
Full standings of all the groups are available at www.worldcurling.org.
USA game results:
Spain 7, USA 4
USA 12, Brazil 2
USA 7, Latvia 3
USA 7, Hungary 4
USA 8, Sweden 3
Team USA’s round robin schedule (all times local, +5 ET):
Wednesday: USA vs. Kazakhstan, 8 p.m.
Thursday: USA vs. Australia, 4 p.m.
Friday: Round of 16 playoffs, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Semifinals, 9 a.m.; medal games, 3 p.m.
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