Italy jumps out to quick lead to win WYOG match over USA

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 10, 2020, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

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Jan. 10, 2020

 

Italy earns win over USA at WYOG

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Italy jumped out to a quick lead over Team USA’s Ethan Hebert rink and hung on for the win as the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 got underway in Champery, Switzerland.

 

Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) and teammates Kaitlin Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio), Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) allowed Francesco de Zanna’s team to hang four points on the scoreboard to open round robin play today at the Champery Curling Arena. The U.S. offense was limited in the eight-end match with the Italians prevailing, 7-3.

 

Hebert and the U.S. team are 0-1 in Group D for the preliminary round robin with a matchup against Latvia (0-1) on tap Saturday at 6 p.m. (local time). The Latvian team was shut out by the Czech Republic, 0-7, as they opened play today as well.

 

Group D standings:

Czech Republic 1-0

Italy                     1-0

Japan                  0-0

Sweden              0-0

Latvia                  0-1

USA                     0-1

 

TV coverage:

The Olympic Channel is providing daily coverage across its various social media outlets. You can find the full broadcast schedule at https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/news/detail/lausanne-2020-winter-youth-olympics-schedule/.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Team playoffs: Jan. 15-16

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

To follow along, visit http://worldcurling.org/events/yog2020.

 

USA game results:

Italy 7, USA 3

 

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.

 

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).