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CHAMPIONSHIPS USA secures berths to 2018 Olympic Winter Games By Terry L. Davis, Editor


Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in all three disci- plines. Led by Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.), the U.S. team finished fiſth at the


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2017 CPT World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China. Two weeks later, John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) helped the American men finish fourth at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to put the U.S. team in the Olympics as well. Te mixed doubles duo of siblings Matt Hamilton and Becca Hamilton (both of Mc- Farland, Wis.) finished 10th at the World Mixed Doubles to qualify the U.S. for the 2018 Olympics when mixed dou- bles debuts as a medal sport. Roth and teammates


Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Du- luth, Minn.), and Becca Ham- ilton (McFarland, Wis.) won its final two games to reach a a 6-5 record and finish fiſth. “We had kind of a roller coaster the last three days. We had a two-win


day followed by a two-loss day, which put our back against the wall. It re- quired an incredible amount of toughness to put aside a two-loss day, come back out here today and play two very good teams and come away with two very good wins,” said Ann Swisshelm, Team USA’s head coach. Canada’s Rachel Homan rink would go on to become the first women's


team to go through the event undefeated as the Canadian women defeated Russia in the gold-medal game at Capital Indoor Gymnasium. Scotland de- feated Sweden to capture the bronze medal. “We wanted to go through the event with a winning record and we just


got that at 6-5. We started out really strong and controlled the whole game except for one end,” said Roth, who was skipping in her first world champi- onship. “It’s been our goal to come out really strong and take advantage of misses from other teams. We’ve been doing that all week and really worked for us.” “For all of USA, it qualified us for the Olympics – it’s not just one team.


Tis is a bigger picture thing that affects all of the athletes who are training really hard for 2018,” Swisshelm said. Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.),


Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.), and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) finished the 11-game round robin on a six-game win streak. Te U.S. lost to Switzerland's Peter de Cruz rink in the Page 3-4 game as well as the bronze-medal game to finish fourth. Te team is coached by Phill Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.).


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eam USA’s performances at the 2017 World Women’s and Men’s Championships and 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship this spring secured berths for the American teams at the 2018


Sweeping to PyeongChang Countries earned points at the 2017 and 2016 world championships


to earn berths to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Te top eight teams have now qualified (see standings below). Te final two men’s and women’s teams will be determined at an Olympic Qualifiation Event in December in the Czech Republic to bring the field to 10 men's and 10 women's teams at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang in Febru- ary.


Rank Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


Canada Russia


Sweden Korea** Japan


2018 Olympic Winter Games qualified teams: Women 2016 9


Switzerland


Great Britain* USA


10 14 8 7 4 6


12


2017 14 12 5


10 8 9 7 0


Total 23 22 19 18 15 13 13 12


Countries qualified for the 2017 Olympic Qualification Event, where two teams will qualify for the Olympics: Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, China, Finland, Norway, Latvia.


Rank Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


Canada Sweden USA


Japan Switzerland


Great Britain* Norway Korea**


2018 Olympic Winter Games qualified teams: Men 2016 14 7


10 9 4 6 8 2


2017 14 12 9 6


10 7 5 0


Total 28 19 19 15 14 13 13 2


Countries qualified for the 2017 Olympic Qualification Event, where two teams will qualify for the Olympics: Denmark, China, Finland, Italy, Germany, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic.


Rank Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


China


Canada Russia


Norway Finland Korea**


2018 Olympic Winter Games qualified teams: Mixed Doubles 2016 12 8


Switzerland USA


14 0


10 4 6 0


2017 10 12 4


14 3 8 6 7


Total 22 20 18 14 13 12 12 7


Te full field for mixed doubles will be eight competing countries. * Points for Great Britain are earned by Scotland **Korea, as host, automatically qualifies


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