Our guests on this month’s U.S. Curling Report are Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo. The bronze medalists at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships have had a solid mixed doubles season that has included a 2nd place finish at the Pacific Northwest Mixed Doubles Invitational in Seattle and a quarterfinal appearance at the Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic in British Columbia where they lost to eventual champions Rachel Homan and John Morris of Canada.
Peterson and Polo joined us to discuss their season, mixed doubles strategy and what they have lined up for the remainder of the season:
Since our last U.S. Curling Report, the qualifying process for the teams that will represent the United States on Team North America at the 2017 Continental Cup came to an end. On the men’s side, Team McCormick will represent the United States in Las Vegas. It has been a solid season so far for this new lineup of Heath McCormick, Chris Plys, Korey Dropkin and Tom Howell who have already won three titles together. It will be a first appearance at the Continental Cup for each member of Team McCormick except for their skip who participated in 2013.
Team Sinclair is the women’s team that will represent the United States at the 2017 Continental Cup after some strong results late in the qualifying period allowed them to finish ahead of Team Roth. The team of Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker will all be making their Continental Cup debut in Las Vegas.
The top teams in the United States recently made their way to Duluth Minnesota to compete in the Coors Light Cash Spiel (Men) and the Molson Cash Spiel (Women). The men’s event came down to a battle between Team McCormick and Team Shuster, winners of the bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships. Team McCormick won the final 5-3 in a tight game between arguably the two best men’s teams in the United States. The women’s final was also a tight game with Team Sinclair taking a 3-2 lead heading into the last end only to see Team Roth score three points for a 5-3 victor.
(Photo courtesy – WCF/Richard Gray)