Becca Hamilton

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Rebecca Hamilton
Becca Hamilton.jpg
Born (1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 29)
Team
Curling clubMadison CC,
Madison
SkipTabitha Peterson
ThirdNina Roth
SecondBecca Hamilton
LeadTara Peterson
AlternateAileen Geving
Mixed doubles
partner
Matt Hamilton
Career
World Championship
appearances
2 (2015, 2017)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2017)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2018)

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

Background[edit]

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 6th place.

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 will re-join the team as vice-skip at third, with Hamilton moving to second, Tara Peterson to lead, and Geving to alternate.[6]

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.[7] She is employed as a therapist for Wisconsin Early Autism Project.[1] She attended Edgewood College.[8]

Teams[edit]

Women's[edit]

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)[9]
2008–09[10] 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)[11]
2010 USWCC (4th)[12]
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)[13]
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

Mixed doubles[edit]

Season Female Male Events
2015–16 Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton 2016 US World Trials (4th)[14]
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[15] Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2020 World Women's Curling Championship Media Guide" (PDF). Curling Canada. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  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.
  5. ^ "2020 Humpty's Champions Cup teams to keep spots for next season". Grand Slam of Curling. Mar 18, 2020. Retrieved Apr 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Team Peterson Announced". USA Curling. Apr 27, 2020. Retrieved Apr 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Jimmy Golen (November 19, 2017). "American curling siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton make Olympics". Denver Post. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Curling – Athlete Profile: Becca HAMILTON – Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". Olympics. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2008". World Curling Federation. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "Junior Women's State Champions". Wisconsin State Curling Association. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Kolesar, Terry (February 3, 2010). "Minnesota women, Washington men win titles". U.S. Curling News. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  12. ^ Patzke, Rick (May 11, 2010). "Brown leads team to women's championship". U.S. Curling News. p. 13. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2011". World Curling Federation. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "USA Mixed Doubles World Trials – Round-Robin". CurlingZone. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  15. ^ "Mixed Doubles Teams Announced". USA Curling. May 22, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.

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