Curls out of: Granite Curling Club, Seattle, Wash.
Curling has been a very important component of my life for the last two decades and resulted in me meeting my wife along with presenting me with many other great opportunities and people to get to know. I thoroughly enjoy competing and curling has given me an avenue to continue to strive to be my best and hopefully have the opportunity someday to represent the US at the Olympics.
Who/What introduced you to Curling?
Claude (Spike) Spicer was my fourth grade elementary teacher and it just so happened he was the Junior Curling Instructor. Spike enjoyed physical activities as a teacher and he had us as students playing sports as part of our daily school activities. I have always been a very competitive person and enjoyed playing all sports. I became good friends with Spike and he continued to encourage me to come out and try junior curling until I finally came out and gave it a try a few years later.
Who was your favourite athlete growing up?
I enjoyed many sports growing up, however I was a huge Minnesota Twins fan and my two favorites were Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek. In 1987 my brother and I got to go onto the field before a Twins game and then join the team in the locker room after they won their game.
What other sports do you play?
I also enjoy softball and tennis during the curling off season along with the occasional game of golf. I love to compete and enjoy playing just about every sport.
What is your career highlight to date?
I would have to say that winning our first mixed national championship in 2002 is at the top of my highlights. The other national championships probably all come in at a very close second place.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Find your passion(s) in life and make sure to incorporate them into your life.
What is your favorite sport other then curling?
Baseball and football are my favorite sports after curling.
What is one thing you’d like to do before you die?
Start a Mixed International/World championship for curling.
Who was most influential in your curling development?
Claude (Spike) Spicer
What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?
Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
Bora Bora and Australia are both trips I am excited to take in the coming years.
What hobbies do you have?
I enjoy fishing and hiking along with just about every other sport.
What is your earliest curling memory?
I remember curling down at the Grand Forks Curling Club on many Sunday’s and coming in after practice to have a piping hot hot chocolate with Spike and Shirley Barcome. It may have been the great times with Spike and Shirley along with the tasty hot chocolate which hooked me on the game.
What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
My objective each time I go out on the ice is to continue improving and to have fun while competing.
Do others in your family curl?
My parents were social curlers when they lived in North Dakota, but now are retired snowbirds who do not curl. My wife and her family all curl competitively as well.
What do you enjoy most about curling?
Strategy, the great people involved in the sport, the opportunity to compete against other top players around the world.
What is your Education background?
My education includes business classes from the University of North Dakota.
Other Olympic sport you’d like to try?
Snowboarding and bobsledding.
Most memorable curling experience?
Winning the 2002 Mixed Nationals at our home club in Seattle. The club was packed for the final game against Tyler George from Minnesota and the game went to an extra end.
Favourite color? Green