Ann Swisshelm

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Ann Swisshelm
Curler
Other names Ann Swisshelm Silver
Born (1968-03-09) March 9, 1968 (age 46)
Middletown, Ohio
Team
Curling club Exmoor CC,
Highland Park, Illinois
Skip Erika Brown
Third Debbie McCormick
Second Jessica Schultz
Lead Ann Swisshelm
Alternate Sarah Anderson
Career
World Championship
appearances
5 (1998, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2013)

Ann Swisshelm (born March 9, 1968 in Middletown, Ohio) is a curler on the US Olympics Woman's Curling team. She is from Chicago. Ann is representing the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She has also been known as Ann Swisshelm Silver.[1]

Career[edit]

Swisshelm began curling at age ten and was in the curling program and the Exmoor Country Club.

She made her United States Nationals debut in 1995 where her team placed fifth. Her team won the National title in 1998, 2001, and 2003. To date she has competed in 15 US Nationals and will compete in her sixteen championship in March 2010.

At her first World Championships in 1998, Swisshelm and team finished in a three way tie for eighth. In 2001 her team improved to a fifth place finish and a 5 – 4 record. Her best performance at the World Championships came with her third appearance in 2003. Team USA finished third in the Round Robin competition. In the Semifinals they defeated Team Sweden (skipped by future Olympic Gold Medalist Anette Norberg and advanced to take on Colleen Jones's Canadian team in the final. Playing in Winnipeg, Manitoba they defeated the Canadians and Swisshelm earned her first World Championship medal.

Olympics[edit]

In 2002 Ann Swisshelm competed at her first Olympic Games. Team United States placed third after the Round Robin competition with a 6 – 3 record. In the semifinals the United States lost to the eventual Silver medalists from Switzerland. In the Bronze Medal match they took on Kelley Law's team from Canada. The match ended with a 9 – 5 score with the Canadians taking the Bronze medal. Ann Swisshelm has returned to the United States Olympic Trials twice since the 2002 Olympics finishing second both times. Swisshelm and her team qualified to participate at the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials,[2] finishing first in the round robin standings and defeating Allison Pottinger in a best-of-three series final to clinch the berth to the Olympics.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • 2001 United States Olympic Committee Female Curler of the Year
  • 2003 United States Olympic Committee Curling Team of the Year
  • 2001 Frances Brodie Award Winner – World Curling Federation Sportsmanship Award
  • 2008 Ann Brown Sportsmanship Award – U.S. Nationals

Personal life[edit]

Ann Swisshelm was born in Middletown, Ohio and currently resides in Downtown Chicago with her husband Sean Silver, her cat, Einstein and her ficus plant, Rodney.[4]

Education[edit]

Ann graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts.

Teammates[edit]

2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games

2003 Winnipeg World Championships

2010 Swift Current World Championships

References[edit]