On the men’s side, there’s Team Shuster that won the first Olympic curling gold medal in Team USA history four years ago in PyeongChang. On the women’s side there’s Team Peterson, returning most of their athletes from PyeongChang 2018 and fresh off a bronze medal at the most recent world championships. Both teams are at the top of their game, reflected in their respective runs to the gold medal in Omaha, Nebraska, at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling.
While these teams may look similar, there are a few key differences from PyeongChang. Chris Plys, previously an alternate on Shuster’s team at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, replaced Tyler George. Adding an experienced, familiar teammate has made the team even stronger, they believe.
“I think we have just built off of the success that the three of us had before getting Chris, and then adding Chris I think we’ve only gotten stronger,” said lead John Landsteiner. “We’re ready to go and defend the medal.”
Team Peterson was known as Team Roth four years ago when current third Nina Roth was the skip. The team has also added skip Tabitha Peterson’s younger sister Tara to the mix. Their team is playing as well as any in the world, evidenced by their world championship medal, the first for a U.S. women’s team in 15 years. That momentum carried over into Olympic Trials.
“We knew what we were capable of,” said second Becca Hamilton. “We knew going into worlds we wanted to come away with a medal so we’re just excited to move forward towards the Olympics now and hopefully get on the podium there too.”
Here’s a closer look at the 2022 U.S. Olympic Curling Team.