2013 United States Olympic Curling Trials

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2013 United States Olympic Curling Trials
2013 United States Olympic Curling Trials
Host city Fargo, North Dakota
Arena Scheels Arena
Dates November 10–17, 2013
Men's winner Minnesota John Shuster
Curling club Duluth CC, Duluth, Minnesota
Skip John Shuster
Third Jeff Isaacson
Second Jared Zezel
Lead John Landsteiner
Coach Tim Muller
Finalist Minnesota Pete Fenson
Women's winner Wisconsin Erika Brown
Curling club Madison CC, Madison, Wisconsin
Skip Erika Brown
Third Debbie McCormick
Second Jessica Schultz
Lead Ann Swisshelm
Coach Bill Todhunter
Finalist Minnesota Allison Pottinger

The 2013 United States Olympic Curling Trials was held from November 10 to 17, 2013[1] at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota.[2] The trials were held to determine the women's team that will represent the United States at the curling tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics and the men's team that will represent the United States at the qualification event for the 2014 Winter Olympics curling tournament.[3]

Road to the Trials[edit]

Teams on the men's and women's sides will qualify to the Olympic Trials in one of two ways. Teams will be able to qualify directly to the Trials by finishing in either first or second place at the 2012 and 2013 National Curling Championships, or they will qualify indirectly through selection by the United States Curling Association's High Performance Program (HPP) Selection Committee. The HPP Selection Committee's selections will be based on prior performance at World and National Championships, Order of Merit rankings, and performance in World Curling Tour events in the three years preceding the Trials (2011–2013).[3]

For the men's tournament, a maximum of five teams will compete for the right to represent the United States at the qualification event for the Winter Olympics. The first and second placed teams from the 2012 National Championships and from the 2013 National Championships will qualify directly for the Trials. In the event that both of the directly qualifying teams from the 2013 National Championships already qualified via the 2012 National Championships, giving a total of two directly qualified teams, the HPP Selection Committee will select two additional teams to compete in the Trials, making a total of four teams. In the event that one of the directly qualifying teams from the 2013 National Championships already qualified via the 2012 National Championships, giving a total of three directly qualified teams, the selection committee will select one additional team to compete in the Trials, making a total of four teams. However, if there are two or more American teams that have placed within the top twenty of the Order of Merit, and if at least one of those two teams has not earned a qualification spot in the Trials, the selection committee will choose two additional teams, bringing the total to five teams. If none of the aforementioned scenarios applies, which would imply a total of four directly qualifying teams, the selection committee will choose one additional team to compete in the Trials, bringing the total to five teams.[3]

For the women's tournament, a total of four teams will compete for the right to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics. The first and second placed teams from the 2012 National Championships will qualify directly for the Trials. The first placed team from the 2013 National Championships will likewise qualify directly for the Trials. In the event that the first placed team from the 2013 National Championships has already qualified for the Trials via the 2012 National Championships, the second placed team will qualify for the Trials. In the event that the second place team from the 2013 National Championships has also already qualified for the Trials via the 2012 National Championships, the selection committee will select two additional teams to compete in the Trials. Otherwise, if there is a directly qualifying team from the 2013 National Championships, the selection committee will select one additional team to compete in the Trials.[3]

Men[edit]

Teams[edit]

The teams are listed as follows:[4]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale Qualification method
Heath McCormick Bill Stopera Martin Sather Dean Gemmell New York (state) New York, New York 2012 National Championships, First place
Pete Fenson Shawn Rojeski Joe Polo Ryan Brunt Minnesota Bemidji, Minnesota 2012 National Championships, Second place
Brady Clark Sean Beighton Darren Lehto Philip Tilker Greg Persinger Washington (state) Seattle, Washington 2013 National Championships, First place
Chris Plys (fourth) Tyler George (skip) Richard Ruohonen Colin Hufman Craig Brown Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota 2013 National Championships, Second place
John Shuster Jeff Isaacson Jared Zezel John Landsteiner Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota High Performance Program committee selection

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Teams to Final
Skip W L PF PA Ends
Won
Ends
Lost
Blank
Ends
Stolen
Ends
Shot
Pct.
Minnesota John Shuster 6 2 54 40 32 28 12 9 86%
Minnesota Pete Fenson 5 3 51 46 33 30 15 7 85%
New York (state) Heath McCormick 4 4 55 49 37 32 8 10 80%
Minnesota Tyler George 4 4 52 48 31 34 9 4 84%
Washington (state) Brady Clark 1 7 34 58 26 34 8 2 80%

Round Robin Results[edit]

All draw times are listed in Central Standard Time (UTC−6).[5]

Draw 1[edit]

Sunday, November 10, 1:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 6
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 8
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 X 8
Minnesota Tyler George 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 X 5

Draw 2[edit]

Sunday, November 10, 7:00 pm

Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 X X 4
Minnesota John Shuster 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 5 X X 10
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 X X 4
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 4 X X 9

Draw 3[edit]

Monday, November 11, 12:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 1 X X 8
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 X X 3
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota John Shuster 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 6
New York (state) Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5

Draw 4[edit]

Monday, November 11, 7:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 6
New York (state) Heath McCormick 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 5
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 X 5
Minnesota John Shuster 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 X 8

Draw 5[edit]

Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
Washington (state) Brady Clark 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 6
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 X 5
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 3 1 X 8

Draw 6[edit]

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 7
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 6
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 2 4 0 X X X X X 7
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 1 0 0 1 X X X X X 2

Draw 7[edit]

Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 9
New York (state) Heath McCormick 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 X 6
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
Minnesota Tyler George 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 8

Draw 8[edit]

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 8
Minnesota John Shuster 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 7
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 7

Draw 9[edit]

Thursday, November 14, 9:00 am

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 5
Minnesota John Shuster 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 7
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Heath McCormick 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 2 X X 10
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X X 5

Draw 10[edit]

Thursday, November 14, 3:30 pm

Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Heath McCormick 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 X 8
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 X 5

Final[edit]

The final round will be between the top two teams at the end of the round robin. The teams will play a best-of-three series.

Final
         
1 Minnesota John Shuster 9 4 11
2 Minnesota Pete Fenson 8 5 1

Game 1[edit]

Friday, November 15, 2:30 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 9
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 8
Player percentages
Minnesota John Shuster Minnesota Pete Fenson
John Landsteiner 86% Ryan Brunt 94%
Jared Zezel 91% Joe Polo 89%
Jeff Isaacson 87% Shawn Rojeski 82%
John Shuster 81% Pete Fenson 82%
Total 86% Total 87%

Game 2[edit]

Saturday, November 16, 2:30pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota John Shuster 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Player percentages
Minnesota John Shuster Minnesota Pete Fenson
John Landsteiner 77% Ryan Brunt 91%
Jared Zezel 91% Joe Polo 92%
Jeff Isaacson 81% Shawn Rojeski 84%
John Shuster 86% Pete Fenson 91%
Total 84% Total 90%

Game 3[edit]

Sunday, November 17, 11:00 am

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 5 4 X X X X X X 11
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 1 0 0 X X X X X X 1
Player percentages
Minnesota John Shuster Minnesota Pete Fenson
John Landsteiner 100% Ryan Brunt 100%
Jared Zezel 80% Joe Polo 61%
Jeff Isaacson 93% Shawn Rojeski 58%
John Shuster 94% Pete Fenson 40%
Total 92% Total 65%

Women[edit]

Teams[edit]

The teams are listed as follows:[4]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale Qualification method
Allison Pottinger Nicole Joraanstad Natalie Nicholson Tabitha Peterson Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota 2012 National Championships, First place
Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Jaclyn Lemke Stephanie Sambor Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota 2012 National Championships, Second place
Erika Brown Debbie McCormick Jessica Schultz Ann Swisshelm Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin 2013 National Championships, First place
Courtney George Aileen Sormunen Amanda McLean Monica Walker Jordan Moulton Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota High Performance Program committee selection

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Teams to Final
Skip W L PF PA Ends
Won
Ends
Lost
Blank
Ends
Stolen
Ends
Shot
Pct.
Wisconsin Erika Brown 4 2 45 33 28 23 6 9 84%
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 4 2 40 36 28 21 11 9 83%
Minnesota Courtney George 2 4 36 45 22 31 3 3 75%
Minnesota Cassandra Potter 2 4 40 46 26 29 4 6 79%

Round Robin Results[edit]

All draw times are listed in Central Standard Time (UTC−6).[5]

Draw 1[edit]

Monday, November 11, 7:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
Minnesota Cassandra Potter Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 8
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 9
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 2 X 10
Minnesota Courtney George 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 3

Draw 2[edit]

Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 7
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 6
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Courtney George 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 3 X 10
Minnesota Cassandra Potter Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 X 6

Draw 3[edit]

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 8
Minnesota Cassandra Potter 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 7
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Courtney George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 7
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5

Draw 4[edit]

Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 pm

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 X X 10
Minnesota Courtney George 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 X X 4
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Cassandra Potter 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 X X 4
Minnesota Allison Pottinger Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 X X 8

Draw 5[edit]

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Allison Pottinger Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 7
Minnesota Courtney George 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Cassandra Potter 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 8
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6

Draw 6[edit]

Thursday, November 14, 9:00 am

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Courtney George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 6
Minnesota Cassandra Potter 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 7
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 5

Final[edit]

The final round was between the top two teams at the end of the round robin. The teams played a best-of-three series.

Final
         
1 Wisconsin Erika Brown 7 8
2 Minnesota Allison Pottinger 5 7

Game 1[edit]

Friday, November 15, 2:30 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 7
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 5
Player percentages
Wisconsin Erika Brown Minnesota Allison Pottinger
Ann Swisshelm 88% Tabitha Peterson 90%
Jessica Schultz 89% Natalie Nicholson 91%
Debbie McCormick 83% Nicole Joraanstad 76%
Erika Brown 95% Allison Pottinger 77%
Total 89% Total 84%

Game 2[edit]

Saturday, November 16, 7:00 pm

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Erika Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 8
Minnesota Allison Pottinger 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 7
Player percentages
Wisconsin Erika Brown Minnesota Allison Pottinger
Ann Swisshelm 92% Tabitha Peterson 88%
Jessica Schultz 89% Natalie Nicholson 85%
Debbie McCormick 81% Nicole Joraanstad 83%
Erika Brown 80% Allison Pottinger 76%
Total 86% Total 83%

References[edit]

External links[edit]