BONUS ONLINE-ONLY COVERAGE // Many more national events left to be contested

Championship season in full swing across the U.S.

By Terry L. Davis, Editor

April plus many world championship events – mean- ing this winter has been just as busy as ever. Ten teams are working to qualify for the 2017 USA


Curling Mixed National Championship, which will take place at the Williston Basin Curling Club in Wil- liston, N.D., on March 18-25. T e winning teams will represent the U.S. at the World Mixed Champion- ship this fall in Switzerland. Twenty teams will head to Alaska for the 2017 USA Curling Club National Championships March 3-11 at the Fairbanks Curling Club. It’s a trip of a lifetime for many curlers to get the opportunity to compete in the 49th state. Teams qualify via regional playdowns for both the mixed and

t press time, there were still seven national championship titles to be contested this season from February through the end of

club championships. T ree additional events in March will deter-

mine 2017 national champions – College National Championship, Mixed Doubles National Cham- pionship and the U18 National Championships. To wrap up the season, the 2017 Arena National Championships will be staged April 25-30 at Compton Arena in Notre Dame, Ind. With the Olympic/Paralympic year upon us,

the 2017-18 season will be even busier with two additional national events added to the calendar with the Olympic Team Trials and the Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials (if necessary; con- tingent upon qualifi cation). Also in 2018, aſt er the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games have passed, the U.S. will host the Men’s World Championship at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas March 31-April 8. If your club is interested in hosting one of our

national events next season, please reach out to Jenny Biadasz ( to fi nd out which events are available to bid on. Visit to follow all the action the rest of the season. Good curling to all! ■

HPP Athlete profi le Alex Carlson

The Basics: Age: 28 Resides: St. Paul, Minn. Education: Graduate of Marquette Universiy Home club: Four Seasons CC Teammates: Jamie Sinclair, Vicky Persinger, Monica Walker, Tara Peterson Coach: Scott Baird

On the ice: •

2015 U.S. Women’s National Champion

• Two-time U.S. Junior National Champion • Bronze medalist at 2010 World Juniors • •

Twitter: @accurl

2010 USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year 2017 Continental Cup Champion

HPP Athlete profi le Sean Beighton

Coach: Scott Baird On the ice: • •

On the ice: Two-time U.S. junior national champion (2013, 2012) Competed at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games and 2013

The Basics: Age: 27 Hometown/Resides: Seattle Family: Single Occupation: Video producer Education: Journalism degree from the University of Washington Club: Granite CC Teammates: Craig Brown, Kroy Nern- berger, Jason Smith, Quinn Evenson

Winter World University Games Received the sportsmanship award at the 2013 World Juniors How he became a curler: “My parents discovered curling through a colleague and we were in-

2010 U.S. Junior Men’s Champion 2013 U.S. Men’s National Champion

To view full bios of Alex & Sean, go to

stantaneously hooked.” Follow Tom’s curling journey on Twitter (@TomHowell3). T roughout the year we will introduce you to athletes who are part of USA Curling’s High Performance Program. Go USA!

• Competed in 2014 Olympic Team Trials • Two-time U.S. Mixed National Champion

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