Team USA ready for 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship

By Terry L. Davis | April 18, 2017, 9:55 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2017

 

World Mixed Doubles Championship begins Saturday in Canada

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton head to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, this week with two huge goals in mind at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship – get on the podium and secure the 2018 Olympic Winter Games mixed doubles berth for the United States.

 

The siblings, from McFarland, Wis., both represented the U.S. at the 2017 World Women’s and World Men’s Championships where the U.S. men finished fourth and the women fifth as team berths were secured for the U.S. for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

Mixed doubles will debut as an Olympic medal sport in 2018 at the Gangneung Curling Centre. The 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship, where 39 countries will be competing, is the last event for countries to earn qualification points. The U.S. won bronze last season to earn 10 Olympic qualification points.

 

The round robin gets underway Saturday morning at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge in the East Arena. The U.S. will compete in Group D for the round robin portion with Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Turkey.

 

NBC Sports Group will broadcast three games on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app around the Stanley Cup playoffs. In addition, three USA round robin games will be featured on the World Curling Federation’s live webstream (coverage will not be geoblocked in the U.S.).

 

Russia is the defending world mixed doubles champion after defeating China in last year’s gold-medal game in Karlstad, Sweden. Switzerland, with five gold medals, has won the most world titles since the event began in 2008. Hungary and Russia have each topped the podium twice.

 

Becca Hamilton, 26, has competed at two Women’s World Championships (2017, 2015) and two World Junior Championships (2011, 2008). This will be the rookie debut for the Hamilton siblings at the World Mixed Doubles Championship after they won the U.S. Mixed Doubles National Championship title in March. Matt Hamilton, 28, has represented the U.S. at the past three World Men’s Championship events, earning a bronze medal in 2016. In addition, Hamilton was part of Team USA when the American men won gold at the 2008 World Juniors. He also earned a bronze medal at the 2009 World Juniors. The siblings, who train at the U.S. Olympic Training Site for Curling in Blaine, Minn., and the Madison Curling Club, are qualified to compete in the 2018 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials in December if the U.S. secures an Olympic berth. They are also both qualified for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials with their respective teams (Nina Roth and John Shuster rinks).

 

USA round robin schedule (all times listed as MDT, Mountain Daylight Time):

Saturday, April 22: USA v. Kazakhstan, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 23: USA v. England, 5:45 p.m.*

Monday, April 24: USA v. Turkey, 8 a.m.; USA v. Germany, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25: USA v. Czech Republic, 5:45 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 26: USA v. France, 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 27: USA v. Canada, 2:30 p.m.*

*live on WCF YouTube channel

 

Playoff schedule:

Thursday, April 27: Tiebreaker games, if needed, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28: Round of 16 playoff games, 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29: Semifinals, 12 p.m.; medal games, 4 p.m.

 

Broadcast schedule:

NBCSN will present coverage of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship on April 27-29, immediately following live coverage of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

April 27: USA v. Canada (tape delay), 12-2 a.m. ET, NBCSN

April 28: Round of 16 feature game (tape delay), 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET, NBCSN

April 29: Gold-medal game (tape delay), 12-2 a.m. ET, NBCSN

 

Online coverage of the event will be streamed via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv. The USA games on the WCF YouTube channel will not be geoblocked in the U.S. for this event.

 

Participating countries:

 

Pool A: Belarus, Brazil, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Latvia

Pool B: Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Serbia, Wales

Pool C: Australia, Austria, China, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden

Pool D: Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Turkey, United States

Pool E: Spain, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia

 

2018 Olympic Winter Games qualification:

The top seven countries, plus Korea as host, in qualification points at the conclusion of the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will secure berths to compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

 

Current rankings: Mixed doubles

Rank     Country              2016      2017      Total

1            Russia                 14                        14         

2            China                  12                        12

3            USA                     10                        10

4            Great Britain*    9                           9

5            Canada               8                           8

6            Estonia               7                           7

7            Finland               6                           6

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8            England*            5                           5

9            Norway               4                           4

10          Slovakia              3                           3

11          Austria                2                           2

12          Ireland                1                           1

*Points for Great Britain are gained by Scotland at World Curling Championships

Complete Olympic qualification points for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles can be found at http://www.worldcurling.org/pyeongchang-2018-olympic-winter-games

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).