USA set to go for gold at Winter Youth Olympic Games

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 03, 2020, 11:14 a.m. (ET)


Jan. 3, 2020


Team USA set to go for gold in Lausanne


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Ethan Hebert will lead the U.S. curling team as they begin their quest for gold at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.


Hebert (Lowell, Mass.), 15, and his team of Kaitlin Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio), Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) begin competition at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) on Jan. 10 at the Champery Curling Arena in Champery, Switzerland. This is the third time that curling will be featured at the WYOG and the U.S. team looks to continue its success in reaching the podium. The U.S. won a silver medal in team competition in 2016 and bronze in mixed doubles in 2012.


Hebert and the U.S. team will compete in Group D for a preliminary round robin with the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Latvia, and Sweden. In total, 24 countries will be competing in the curling tournament. The four-person curling portion will be contested Jan. 10-16. The athletes will then be paired with someone from another country for mixed doubles competition Jan. 18-22.


Thompson (in 2018) and Tschumakow (in 2019) are past winners of the USA Curling U18 National Championships but this will be the first international outing for the foursome, who will be coached by 2010 Olympian John Benton.


TV coverage:

The Olympic Channel will broadcast daily coverage across its various social media outlets. You can find the full broadcast schedule here.


The Olympic Channel global digital platform will present 300 hours of Lausanne 2020 coverage including live and on-demand event streaming, a 24/7 Youth Olympic Games Channel, daily highlights and news and a daily “Olympic Channel Live Show” on Facebook and Twitter.


In addition, the Olympic Channel’s digital-first coverage will include a daily blog, daily podcasts, streaming schedules, results and medal tables. Fans can watch worldwide and subscription-free at  and its mobile apps. 


Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin schedule (all times local, +6 ET):

Friday, Jan. 10: USA vs. Italy, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11: USA v. Latvia, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12: USA vs. Japan, 2 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13: USA vs. Czech Republic, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: USA vs. Sweden, 2 p.m.


Team playoffs: Jan. 15-16

Mixed doubles: Round robin, Jan. 18-21; semifinals and medal games, Jan. 22


About the event:

Curling at the Youth Olympic Games 2020 is made up of two events. There is a mixed team competition for 24 National Olympic Committees. Each team must consist of two female and two male athletes, all of whom have been born between Jan. 1, 2002 and Dec. 31, 2005. After the team event, athletes are put into 48 mixed doubles pairs with different nations competing together.


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