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United States Curling Association - Brown, Erika

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Brown, Erika
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PositionSkip
TeammatesDebbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm
DeliversRight-handed
BornJan. 25, 1973, in Madison, Wis.
HometownOakville, Ontario
OccupationPhysician's assistant
FamilyMarried, two sons
Year started curling1980
EducationBachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; master's degree from Finch University of Health Sciences (Chicago)

CURLING HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Olympic Team - Curling: 1998, 1988 (5th)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2013 (champion), 2012 (6th), 2011 (4th), 2010 (champion), 2009 (4th), 2007 (bronze), 2006, 2005 (3rd), 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up); 2002 (champion), 2001 (runner-up), 2000 (runner-up), 1999 (champion), 1998 (3rd), 1997 (3rd), 1996 (champion), 1995 (champion), 1993 (3rd), 1991 (runner-up)
  • World Championships: 2013 (4th), 2010 (5th), 2004 (4th), 2002 (7th), 1999 (silver), 1996 (silver), 1995 (5th)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Curling: 2009 (4th), 2006 (3rd), 2002 (runner-up); 1998, ’92, ‘88 (champion each year)
  • Continental Cup: 2011 (champion), 2004 (champion), 2002 (champion)
  • Shorty Jenkins Classic: 2003 (champion)
  • U.S. Mixed Nationals: 2000 (champion)
  • Junior Nationals: 1994, ’93, ’92, ’91, ’89, ‘88 (champion each year); 1990 (bronze)
  • Junior Worlds: 1994 (silver), 1993 (bronze), 1992 (silver), 1991 (5th), 1989 (5th), 1988 (7th)
  • USCA Female Curler of the Year: 2004, 1994, 1989
  • USCA Team of the Year: 2004, 1999
  • Wisconsin State Women's Championship: 2004, 2002 (champion both years)

Other highlights include:

  • 2000-01 – Wisconsin State Championships (champion); Southwest Ontario Women's Classic, London, Ontario, Canada (semifinalist); St. Paul Cashspiel, St. Paul, Minn. (semifinalist); JVC Cashspiel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (quarterfinalist); Autumn Gold Curling Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (semifinalist); Saskpower Women's Classic, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (semifinalist).
  • 1999-2000 – Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Alberta (semifinalist); Sask Power Women’s Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (semifinalist); Wisconsin State Mixed champion
  • 1998-99 – United States Challenge Competition in Milwaukee, Wis. (champion); European Masters in Stockholm, Sweden (finalist); Weston Curling Classic in Ontario, Canada (finalist); SW Ontario Women’s Classic in London, Ontario, Canada (semifinalist)
  • 1997-98 – European Masters in Stockholm, Sweden (finalist). Brown participated in six other international tournaments in Canada and Bern, Switzerland in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Curling.
  • 1996-97 – Karuizawa Challenge Cup in Karuizawa, Japan (champion); International Damen Cup in Berne, Switzerland (finalist); Sun Life Grand Prix in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (qualifier); Badger State Games in Madison, Wis. (champion)
  • 1995-96 – Canadian Bonspiels in Halifax (qualified) and Thunder Bay (finalist); Wisconsin Women’s (champion); Badger State Games in Madison, Wis. (champion). Brown had the highest shooting percentage for vice skips at the World Curling Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. Brown’s team became the first women’s team ever to qualify for the final four at the St. Paul Cash Spiel.

About Erika Brown:

Brown is also an accomplished golfer; she was Wisconsin State High School champion in 1990 and ’91, was on the University of Wisconsin 1994 Big Ten Championship team, and was twice the City of Madison women’s champion.

Brown won her first State Junior Championship (21 and under) at age 12. Brown has studied French and Swahili, and holds degrees in political science and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She recently completed graduate school in the physician assistant program at Finch University of Health Sciences.

In her own words: "My first experience in a curling club was at 8 days old when my mother brought me to the Milwaukee men’s bonspiel to watch my father play."

Curling mentor: "My father has been my coach since the beginning, and basically taught me everything I know about the game. He has incredible mental focus and is a great motivator."

Heroes: "In sports, Tiger Woods. He's brought fire into a game that I love."

What I'd like the world to know about curling: "Curling is a very intense, strategic sport that, like golf, can never be perfected and keeps you coming back for more."

First curling memories: "My dad had me practicing at quite a young age (about 7). In fact, because I was too small to handle the 42-pound stones we routinely substituted Kleenex boxes and ashtrays, which I would toss down the sheet instead."

Other favorite sports: "Golf. It’s a perfect sport to play along with curling. Both require a great amount of touch, timing and strategy. Also tennis. I love to watch it on TV, but definitely need a private lesson from Pete Sampras!"

  
 

 

 
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