USA Curling Features Murphy the lone athl...

Murphy the lone athlete to get through Round of 48

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 19, 2020, 2:26 p.m. (ET)


Jan. 19, 2020

USA advances one athlete to next round at Winter Youth Olympic Games

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Katie Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio) was the lone member of Team USA to survive the opening round of mixed doubles at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.

Team USA’s Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.) both dropped out of the Round of 48 today at the Champery Curling Arena in Champery, Switzerland.

Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) and partner Francesco De Zanna of Italy took an early lead this morning over the Korea/Polish duo of Youbeen Park and Robert Kaminski by earning single points over the course of the first three ends. That’s when their opponent came to life, however, as Park and Kaminski took four points in the fourth and stole three more over the next two ends for a 7-3 advantage. Not giving up, Tschumakow and De Zanna put together a great seventh end and scored four points to tie the match. Park and Kaminski would sew up the 8-7 win with a single in the eighth.

Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.) and German partner Kim Sutor also had an early lead but allowed the France/Norway tandem of Maelle Vergnaud and Grunde Buraas to score six points in the second half of the match to fuel a 7-5 victory, including a steal in the final end.

Team USA’s Katie Murphy and Canadian partner Jaedon Neuert take to the ice for the Round of 24 at 10 a.m. Monday against Liza Gregori (Slovenia) and Maximilian Winz (Switzerland). Visit for scores and updates.

Line scores, Round of 48:

FRA/NOR            001 040 11 – 7

*GER/USA          110 201 00 – 5

*USA/ITA           111 000 40 – 7

KOR/POL            000 421 01 – 8

*last rock in first end

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. 


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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