Allison Pottinger

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Allison Pottinger
Curler
Women's Curling Team USA.jpg
Pottinger (left) with then-skip Debbie McCormick at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Born (1973-07-05) July 5, 1973 (age 41)
Brampton, Ontario
Team
Curling club St. Paul CC, St. Paul, Minnesota
Skip Allison Pottinger
Third Nicole Joraanstad
Second Natalie Nicholson
Lead Tabitha Peterson
Career
World Championship
appearances
10 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2007, 2009, 2012)

Allison Pottinger /ˈpɒtənər/ is an American curler from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She currently skips her own team, but is best known as having played for Debbie McCormick in multiple Olympics and World Championships. McCormick left the team in 2010. She competed in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, in Vancouver, Canada.[1] She was named USA female curling athlete of the year in 2008.[2]

Career[edit]

Pottinger curls out of the St. Paul Curling Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. She learned how to curl in Otterburn Park, Quebec.[1]

In 1994, Pottinger was an alternate for Erika Brown's silver medal winning team at the World Junior Curling Championships. Pottinger picked up another silver medal at the 1996 World Curling Championships as the lead for Lisa Schoeneberg. In 1999, Pottinger won another silver medal, this time playing second for Patti Lank. In 2003 she had moved up to the position of third, and played for Debbie McCormick. In 2003, they won the first gold medal for an American team at the World Curling Championships. They would go to the Worlds again in 2006, where they won a silver medal.[2]

Upon their semifinal win at the 2012 United States Women's Curling Championship, Pottinger and her team were qualified to participate at the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials.[3] Her team lost in the trials, but Pottinger was selected as the Alternate for the victorious team (which includes former teammate McCormick). Pottinger attended the 2014 Olympics but was not selected to play in any matches for Team USA.

Personal life[edit]

Pottinger is a marketing research analyst. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and has bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History. She earned an MBA in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is married to Doug Pottinger.[1]

Former teammates[edit]

2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Autumn Gold DNP DNP DNP Q
Manitoba Lotteries QF Q DNP Q
Sobeys Slam DNP DNP N/A
Players' Championships DNP DNP DNP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c NBC United States Olympic Athlete Biography
  2. ^ a b United States Olympic Committee Athlete Profile
  3. ^ "Field set for 2014 US Olympic Team Trials". USA Curling. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.