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Pustovar, Paul
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PositionSkip
DeliversRight-handed
BornDec. 17, 1951, Chisholm, Minn.
HometownHibbing, Minn.
OccupationSelf-employed insurance agent with Country Financial Services
FamilyMarried to Carole; two children, Scott & Ryan; three grandchildren, Alex, Taylor & Tanner
Year started curling1969
Height5 feet, 10 1/2 inches
Weight183 pounds
CURLING HIGHLIGHTS
  • Inducted into the USA Curling Hall of Fame in 2009
  • U.S. National Championships: 2010, 2009 (bronze), 2007 (6th), 2006 (7th), 2004 (quarterfinalist), 2003; 2002, '91, '84, '80 and '77 (champion each year); 2000, '95, '92, and '82 (runner-up each year ); 2001, 1999, ’97, '96, '94, '90 and '87 (semifinalist each year)
  • World Championships: 2007 (bronze as coach of Todd Birr team), 2002 (4th), 1998 (6th); 91 (bronze), '84 (4th), '80 (4th), 1977 (bronze)
  • U.S. Senior National Championships: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 (champion), 2009 (champion), 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2009 (bronze), 2001
  • World Senior Championships: 2013 (as alternate), 2010 (gold), 2009 (silver)
  • U.S. Mixed Nationals: 1985
  • St. Paul Cashspiel: 2005, 2003 (champion both years)
  • Duluth Cashspiel: 2005 (champion)
  • Karuizawa International Bonspiel: 2003 (champion)
  • Continental Cup: 2002 (champion)
  • Movado Touring Trophy, Biel, Switzerland: 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999 (champion each year)
  • U.S. and World Challenge Champion: 1989
  • World Curling Championships All-Star Vice Skip: 1977
  • U.S. Curling Association and U.S. Olympic Committee Male Curling Athlete of the Year: 2002, 1998
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Month: April 2010

Other highlights include:

  • Winner of two World Curling Tour events in 2005: St. Paul Cashspiel and Duluth Cashspiel
  • Winner of Movado Trophy in Biel, Switzerland, in 2003, 2002, 2000 and 1999
  • 2000-01 - Movado Trophy, Biel, Switzerland (champion); Wisconsin State Men's champion; winner of 8 events the past curling season.
  • 1999-2000 – Movado Trophy, Biel, Switzerland (champion); Wisconsin State Men's champion.
  • 1998-99 – Movado Trophy, Biel, Switzerland (champion).
  • 1997-98 – Wisconsin State Men's champion.
  • 1995-96 – Wettinger Nokia Trophy, Baden, Switzerland (champion); Bull Trophy, Grindewald, Switzerland (second); Wisconsin State Men's champion
  • 1994-95 – Bull Trophy, Grindelwald, Switzerland (second).
  • 1993-94 – Wettinger Nokia Trophy, Baden, Switzerland (champion); Wisconsin State Men's champion.
  • 1991-92 – Remo Trophy, Berne, Switzerland (champion); Wisconsin State Men's champion.
  • 1990-91 – International Olympic President's Cup, Lausanne, Switzerland (second); Wisconsin State Men's champion.
  • Minnesota State Men's champion, 1987, '82, '80 and '77

About Paul Pustovar:

Curls out of: Hibbing Curling Club, Hibbing, Minn.

Hobbies: "My main hobby revolves around bicycling. I am a certified tour guide for American Youth Hostels located in Washington, D.C. I have led two American bicycle tours for AYH, eight European bicycle tours, one hiking tour in Ireland, and a bicycle tour of China and Hong Kong."

Education: Paul earned a bachelor's of science degree in education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in 1973, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Mankato State University in 1976. After college, he taught biology at the Hibbing (Minn.) Community College for six years. During that same time he created and taught a one-credit curling class at the college.

Something unique: Along with playing the game for over four decades now, Paul has also instructed and coached many curlers along the way. He even developed a one-credit college curling course while teaching at Hibbing Community College. In 1979, Paul coached the Minnesota Junior men's State Champions into the Junior Nationals. He also coached a Minnesota women's team in two national championship competitions.

Certifications: Paul is a certified Level II instructor and Level II coach.

Hobbies: Bicycling, fishing, traveling

 
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