Korey Dropkin

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Korey Dropkin
Korey Dropkin.jpg
Born (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 26)
Team
SkipKorey Dropkin
ThirdJoe Polo
SecondMark Fenner
LeadThomas Howell
AlternateAlex Fenson
Mixed doubles
partner
Sarah Anderson
Career
Member Association United States
World Championship
appearances
1 (2019)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
2 (2015, 2018)

Korey Dropkin (born June 11, 1995) is an American curler originally from Southborough, Massachusetts.

Curling career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

As a junior curler, Dropkin won three United States Junior Curling Championships, playing third for brother[1] Stephen in 2012 and skipping in 2013 and 2016. As such, he played for the United States at the World Junior Curling Championships, finishing 5th at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships and 7th at the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships.

Dropkin was a member of the U.S. team at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, skipping a team that included Sarah Anderson, Thomas Howell and Taylor Anderson. The team finished 5th at the event; after going undefeated in the round-robin, they were eliminated in the quarter final against Italy. Dropkin did not go away from the event empty handed, as he picked up a bronze medal at the mixed doubles event with teammate Marina Verenich of Russia.

Dropkin also represented the United States at the 2013 Winter Universiade, playing lead for the Chris Plys's team. That team finished in 5th place.

Men's[edit]

On the World Curling Tour, Dropkin has been a regular at events held in the U.S., playing in his first event at the 2010 Laphroaig Scotch Open at the age of 15. Dropkin won his first Tour event by winning the 2014 Twin Cities Open.

Dropking usually plays skip, but for two seasons from 2016 to 2018 played second for Heath McCormick. The team also included Chris Plys at third and Tom Howell at lead. During Dropkin's second season with Team McCormick, he won his first medal at the United States Men's Championship, earning silver when they lost to Greg Persinger's team in the final.

In 2019, Dropkin competed at his first World Men's Championship, as alternate for John Shuster's team. The team finished fifth, losing their first playoff game to Team Yuta Matsumura from Japan.

Mixed doubles[edit]

Dropkin and long-time teammate Sarah Anderson have won the United States Mixed Doubles Championship twice, in 2015 and 2018. At the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Championship, they finished the round-robin second in their group but lost to Team Canada in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They again made the playoffs when they returned to the Worlds in 2018, but again went winless in the playoffs, losing to Team Hungary and Team Italy to finish in 13th place.

At the 2020 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship, Dropkin and Anderson lost to Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson, the eventual champions, in the semifinals, but defeated Monica Walker and Alex Leichter to win the bronze medal.

Personal life[edit]

Dropkin currently is a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.[2] He is also employed as a landscaper and curling instructor, while currently starting a career in the real estate business.[citation needed] He lives in Duluth, Minnesota.[3]

Teams[edit]

Men's[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Coach Events
2009–10[4] Stephen Dropkin Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Ryan McMakin Cameron Ross 2010 USJCC (4th)
2010–11[5] Stephen Dropkin Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Derek Corbett Cameron Ross 2011 USJCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)[6]
2011–12 Stephen Dropkin Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Derek Corbett Cameron Ross Sandra McMakin 2012 USJCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2012 WJCC (5th)
2012–13 Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Alex Fenson Connor Hoge Keith Dropkin 2013 USJCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2013 WJCC (7th)
2013–14 Chris Plys Stephen Dropkin Sean Beighton Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Phill Drobnick 2013 WUG (5th)[7]
Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Alex Fenson 2014 USJCC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)[8]
2014–15 Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Andrew Stopera Luc Violette 2015 USJCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2015 USMCC (6th)
Ethan Meyers Quinn Evenson Steven Szemple William Pryor Korey Dropkin Linda Christensen 2015 WJCC (5th)
2015–16 Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Alex Fenson Quinn Evenson Wally Henry

(WJCC)

2016 USMCC (4th)
2016 USJCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2016 WJCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2016–17 Heath McCormick Chris Plys Korey Dropkin Tom Howell 2017 USMCC (6th)
2017–18 Heath McCormick Chris Plys Korey Dropkin Tom Howell 2018 USMCC 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2018–19 Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Alex Fenson 2019 USMCC (4th)
John Shuster Chris Plys Matt Hamilton John Landsteiner Korey Dropkin Derek Brown
Don Bartlett
2019 WMCC (5th)[9]
2019–20 Korey Dropkin Tom Howell Mark Fenner Alex Fenson Joe Polo 2020 USMCC (5th)
2020–21 Korey Dropkin Mark Fenner Tom Howell Alex Fenson Joe Polo 2021 USMCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)

Mixed doubles[edit]

Season Male Female Events
2011–12 Korey Dropkin Marina Verenich 2012 WYOG 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)[10]
2014–15 Korey Dropkin Sarah Anderson 2015 USMDCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2015 WMDCC (5th)
2017–18 Korey Dropkin Sarah Anderson 2018 USMDCC 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2018 WMDCC (13th)
2018–19 Korey Dropkin Sarah Anderson 2019 USMDCC (QF)
2019–20 Korey Dropkin Sarah Anderson 2020 USMDCC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

Mixed[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead Coach Events
2011–12 Korey Dropkin Sarah Anderson Tom Howell Taylor Anderson Wally Henry 2012 WYOG (5th)[11]

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
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Tour Challenge DNP Q T2 T2
Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP
The National DNP DNP DNP DNP
Canadian Open Q DNP DNP QF
Players' DNP DNP DNP N/A
Champions Cup Q DNP DNP N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southborough brothers curl for gold in Alaska". My Southborough. Jan 28, 2011. Retrieved Apr 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Korey Dropkin". USA Curling. Retrieved Apr 29, 2020.
  3. ^ 2019 World Men's Curling Championship Media Guide: Team USA
  4. ^ "Field set for 2010 U.S. Junior Nationals". USA Curling. January 14, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "CURLING: Field set for 2011 USA Curling Junior Nationals in Fairbanks". Team USA. January 5, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Wisconsin women, Minnesota men win 2011 Junir Nationals". USA Curling. February 6, 2011. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "XXVI. Winter Universiade 2013". World Curling Federation. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  8. ^ "2014 USA Junior Men's Championship - Playoffs". CurlingZone. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men's Curling Championship 2019". World Curling Federation. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "1st Winter Youth Olympic Games 2012 – Mixed doubles". World Curling Federation. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  11. ^ "1st Winter Youth Olympic Games 2012 – Mixed team". World Curling Federation. Retrieved April 22, 2021.

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