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CHAMPIONSHIPS Get ready for the Olympic Team Trials in Omaha T


his fall two teams will see their Olym- pic dreams come true at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling.


Te Olympic Curling Trials will be held Nov.


11-18 in Omaha, Neb. At the time of publication of this magazine, two teams had earned direct berths to compete in the competition at Baxter Arena: the Nina Roth and John Shuster teams, based on their performances at the 2017 World Curling Championships. Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates


Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Aileen Gev- ing (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (Mc- Farland, Wis.) finished in the Top 5 at the 2017 CPT World Women's Championship in Beijing this March to earn a berth in the Trials. Shus-


ter (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.), and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) also secured a berth when they finished fourth at the 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship in April. Up to five teams – and a minimum of three – per gender can be added via discretionary selection by the Olympic Team Selection Committee. Tose se- lections will be announced by May 15. Te 2018 Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials will be held Dec. 14-17. Five teams have already qualified to this event (see Page 15), and a minimum of three more teams will be added by the Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Selection Committee by Nov. 24. All-session tickets for the Trials in Omaha


2017-18 championship calendar adjustments announced


By Jenny Biadasz, Events Services Manager


some championship events outside of the tradi- tional windows. As many may be preparing for the 2017-18 sea-


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son, please take a moment to review the next sea- son’s schedule on the back of this magazine. You will notice, the East and West Junior Challenge Rounds and the Mixed Doubles Qualification Event are missing. Below is some information to help explain why: A single Mixed Doubles National Champion-


ship will be held next season on Jan. 17-21 (site to be announced). In the 2016-17 season, a move to eliminate re-


gional boundaries in team formation resulted in two Junior Nationals qualification events (East and West). Te two qualifiers were implemented to provide a pathway for the most competitive teams to get to the Junior Nationals. However, the execution fell short, as some teams decided not to spend funds to travel to the East, result- ing in fewer competing teams and the cancella- tion of the Junior East Challenge Round. Aſter roundtable discussions with coaches regarding the model during the 2017 Junior National (U21) and U18 National Championships, it was deter- mined that modifications to the qualifier system were needed.


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ith 2018 being an Olympic year, adjustments to the championship schedule are necessary, leaving


Dave Jensen, USCA Junior High Performance


Program Director, is working to modify the Ju- nior Nationals (U21) qualification system. Te modifications will still aim to foster a high level of competition at the Junior Nationals (U21) and mitigate the expense of travel for teams that may not have the financial resources that other teams have. At this time a berth bonspiel system to qual-


ify teams to the Junior Nationals (U21) is being closely evaluated and logistical items being re- viewed, with more complete and final details to come. Please check the USA Curling website at www.usacurl.org for updates. A few key items to


mention are: t


Four Junior Nationals (U21) qualifica- tion bonspiels will be held by USCA member clubs as follows: Midwest (Oc- tober), East Coast and West Coast (both in late November), and the last-chance bonspiel in the Midwest (late December/ early January)


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Junior National Championship (U21) field increases to 10 teams per gender.


t Tere is no longer a conflict with Ju- nior Challenge Rounds and U18 play- downs during the weeks of Dec. 26, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018.


As regions prepare playdown schedules, please


feel free to contact me directly at 888-287-5377, Ext. 207, or via email at jenny.biadasz@usacurl. org.Q


went on sale Feb. 10. Te competition serves as the sole qualifier for curlers on the U.S. Olym- pic Team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets also can be purchased at Baxter Arena or by calling 800-745-3000. VISA, a long-standing supporter of the Olym- pics, is the exclusive method of online purchases. To find out more about the Omaha area, go to www.visitomaha.com/curling/.Q


// CERTIFICATIONS Level I Instructor


Leslie Adair, Dakota Curling Club Jill Barber, Charlotte Curling Association Allie Elmer, Appleton Curling Club James Hackl, Charlotte Curling Association Teresa Klingbile, Fargo-Moorhead CC Jonathan Penney, Cincinnati Curling Club Jim Sutton, Triangle Curling Club Greg Torkelson, Windy City Curling Club Joseph VanArtsdalen, St. Louis Curling Club Davin Windsor, Cape Cod Curling Club


Steven Young, St. Louis Curling Club Level II Instructor


Joanna Berube, Broomstones Curling Club Anthony Cover, Utah Olympic Oval CC Nancy Jennett, Broomstones Curling Club


Margot Standeven, Evergreen Curling Club Wheelchair Instructor


Anthony Cover, Utah Olympic Oval CC Level I Official


Dominic Arico, Granite Curling Club David Bueermann, Evergreen Curling Club T.J. Crockett, Evergreen Curling Club Erin Hofland, La Crosse Curling Club Scott Kania, Milwaukee Curling Club Seth King, La Crosse Curling Club Teresa Klingbile Fargo-Moorhead CC Toni Paisley, La Crosse Curling Club Arthur Placek, Evergreen Curling Club


Keith Scott, Triangle Curling Club Level II Official


Dominic Arico, Granite Curling Club Mary Jo Hamilton, Brainerd Lakes CC Steve Jacobson, Fargo-Moorhead CC Arthur Placek, Evergreen Curling Club Keith Scott, Triangle Curling Club Don Stephens, Coyotes Curling Club Kelly Stephens, Coyotes Curling Club


Gregg Wolff, Philadelphia Curling Club Level II Ice Technician


Chris Horak, Wausau Curling Club


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