Becca Hamilton

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Rebecca Hamilton
Becca Hamilton.jpg
Born (1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 30)
Curling clubMadison CC,
SkipTabitha Peterson
ThirdNina Roth
SecondBecca Hamilton
LeadTara Peterson
AlternateAileen Geving
Mixed doubles
Matt Hamilton
Member Association United States
World Championship
3 (2015, 2017, 2021)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
1 (2017)
1 (2018)

Rebecca Lynn Hamilton (born July 12, 1990) is an American curler from McFarland, Wisconsin. She is a two-time national women's champion, a two-time national junior champion, and a 2018 Olympian in both team and mixed doubles curling.


Hamilton's junior career involved participating in five straight national junior championships from 2008 to 2012. She won the event in both 2008 and 2011. In 2008, Hamilton played third for the Nina Spatola junior team which finished with a 1–6 (8th) record at the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships. In 2011, Hamilton skipped the team of Tara Peterson, Karlie Koenig and Sophie Brorson to a 5–5 (5th) record at the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships.

Hamilton has also played in eight national championships. At the 2010 United States Women's Curling Championship, Hamilton skipped a team of Koenig, Jenna Haag and Grace Gabower to a 7–2 round robin finish, in a four-way tie for first. The team would lose in their first playoff game however against Patti Lank. Hamilton's trip to the 2012 United States Women's Curling Championship would be less successful, however. She skipped a team of Peterson, Koenig and Brorson to a 4–5 record and missed the playoffs. At the 2013 United States Women's Curling Championship, Hamilton led her rink of Molly Bonner, Peterson and Brorson to a 3–6 finish, again missing the playoffs.

In 2013, she joined up with her junior skip, Nina Spatola, throwing third stones for the team. The team won the 2014 United States Women's Curling Championship. The next season, Hamilton was moved to second on the team. The team had less success at the 2015 United States Women's Curling Championship, finishing with a 4–5 record.

In 2015, Hamilton joined the Jamie Sinclair rink as her second. At the 2016 United States Women's Curling Championship, they would finish in fourth place. She would only play with Sinclair for one season before returning to the Spatola (now Roth) rink, throwing lead rocks. The team were runners-up at the 2017 US Championships, but represented the United States at the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship, finishing in sixth place.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Hamilton placed sixth in the mixed doubles competition and eighth in the team competition.

At the 2020 United States Women's Championship, Hamilton earned her second national title, as third for Tabitha Peterson. In the round robin Team Peterson's only loss came against Jamie Sinclair but they then beat Team Sinclair in the 1 vs. 2 page playoff game and again in the final.[2] As United States Champions Team Peterson would have represented the United States at the 2020 World Women's Curling Championship, but they lost that opportunity when the Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] They also earned a spot at the final Grand Slam of the season, the Champions Cup,[4] which was also cancelled due to the pandemic. Their qualification will instead carry over to the 2021 Champions Cup.[5]

During the 2020 off-season, the team announced that Tabitha Peterson would remain as skip when Roth returned from maternity leave. Roth re-joined the team as vice-skip at third, with Hamilton moving to second, Tara Peterson to lead, and Geving to alternate.[6] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peterson team did not compete in events for most of the 2020–21 season until entering a bio-secure bubble held in Calgary, Alberta in the spring of 2021 for three events in a row. The first two events were the Champions Cup and Players' Championship grand slams, with the team missing the playoffs at both. The third event in the Calgary bubble for Team Peterson was the 2021 World Women's Championship, which they earned a spot at as 2020 National Champions after the 2021 National Championship was moved to later in the spring due to the pandemic. They finished the 13 game round-robin in fifth place with a 7–6 record, earning them a spot in the playoffs and securing a 2022 Olympic berth for the United States. In the playoffs, Team Peterson defeated Denmark's Madeline Dupont but lost to Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni to end up in the bronze medal game. There, Peterson faced off against Sweden's Anna Hasselborg and won with a score of 9–5, including scoring five points in the seventh end.[7][8] Team Peterson's bronze medal finish was the first World Women's medal for the United States in 15 years, and the first ever bronze medal.

Personal life[edit]

Her brother Matt Hamilton is also a successful curler, having played on the 2018 United States Olympic men's team. Matt and Becca also competed together in mixed doubles at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[9] As of 2021, she is a student.[10] She attended Edgewood College.[11]



Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Coach Events
2007–08 Nina Spatola Becca Hamilton Jenna Haag Anna Plys Karlie Koenig (WJCC) Neil Doese (WJCC) 2008 USJCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2008 WJCC (8th)[12]
2008–09[13] Nina Spatola Molly Bonner Becca Hamilton Anna Plys
2009–10 Becca Hamilton Karlie Koenig Jenna Haag Grace Grabower 2010 USJCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)[14]
2010 USWCC (4th)[15]
2010–11 Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Karlie Koenig Sophie Brorson Rebecca Funk (WJCC) Neil Doese (WJCC) 2011 USJCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2011 WJCC (5th)[16]
2011–12 Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Karlie Koenig Sophie Brorson 2012 USJCC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
2012 USWCC (7th)
2012–13 Becca Hamilton Molly Bonner Tara Peterson Sophie Brorson 2013 USWCC (8th)
2013–14 Nina Spatola Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Sophie Brorson 2014 USWCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2014–15 Nina Roth Jamie Sinclair Becca Hamilton Tabitha Peterson 2015 USWCC (5th)
Aileen Sormunen Monica Walker Tara Peterson Vicky Persinger Becca Hamilton Scott Baird 2015 WWCC (10th)
2015–16 Jamie Sinclair Tabitha Peterson Becca Hamilton Jenna Haag Tara Peterson 2016 USWCC (4th)
2016–17 Nina Roth Tabitha Peterson Aileen Geving Becca Hamilton Cory Christensen(WWCC) Ann Swisshelm 2017 USWCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2017 WWCC (5th)
2017–18 Nina Roth Tabitha Peterson Aileen Geving Becca Hamilton Cory Christensen(OG) Al Hackner 2017 USOCT 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2018 OG (8th)
2018 Cont. Cup
2018–19 Nina Roth Tabitha Peterson Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson 2019 USWCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2019–20 Tabitha Peterson Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Aileen Geving Natalie Nicholson 2020 USWCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2020–21 Tabitha Peterson Nina Roth Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Aileen Geving Laine Peters 2021 WWCC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)[7]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Season Female Male Events
2015–16 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2016 US World Trials (4th)[17]
2016–17 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2017 USMDCC 1st place, gold medalist(s), 2017 WMDCC (10th)
2017–18 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2017 USMDOT 1st place, gold medalist(s), 2018 OG (6th)
2018–19 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2019 USMDCC (QF)
2019–20 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2020 USMDCC (QF)
2020–21[18] Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton


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  2. ^ Schneider, Angela (2020-02-15). "Tabitha Peterson takes aggressive approach to dethrone Jamie Sinclair in women's title match of USA Curling Championships". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  3. ^ "World women's curling championship cancelled". TSN. Mar 12, 2020. Retrieved Apr 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Peterson Locks Down Playoff Spot". USA Curling. 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
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  6. ^ "Team Peterson Announced". USA Curling. Apr 27, 2020. Retrieved Apr 28, 2020.
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  8. ^ "United States beat Sweden to win women's world curling bronze". Sportsnet. May 9, 2021. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  9. ^ Jimmy Golen (November 19, 2017). "American curling siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton make Olympics". Denver Post. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. ^ "2021 World Women's Curling Championship Media Guide" (PDF). Curling Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "Curling – Athlete Profile: Becca HAMILTON – Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". Olympics. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2008". World Curling Federation. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "Junior Women's State Champions". Wisconsin State Curling Association. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Kolesar, Terry (February 3, 2010). "Minnesota women, Washington men win titles". U.S. Curling News. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  15. ^ Patzke, Rick (May 11, 2010). "Brown leads team to women's championship". U.S. Curling News. p. 13. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2011". World Curling Federation. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  17. ^ "USA Mixed Doubles World Trials – Round-Robin". CurlingZone. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  18. ^ "Mixed Doubles Teams Announced". USA Curling. May 22, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.

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