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United States Curling Association - McCormick wins 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

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McCormick wins 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
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February 28, 2009

McCormick wins 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) - Debbie McCormick will make her third Olympic appearance after defeating Patti Lank's team, 8-5, in the women's final this afternoon at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Broomfield Event Center.

McCormick (Rio, Wis.) and teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Tracy Sachtjen (Lodi, Wis.) will now represent the U.S. at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. McCormick competed for the U.S. at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, finishing fourth. She also was a member of the 1998 Olympic team, that finished in fifth place in Nagano, Japan. This is the first Olympic Games for the rest of McCormick's team. They are coached by Wally Henry (Beaver Dam, Wis.).

"There are no words to describe how excited I am to go to the Olympics with these four other girls and our coach, my dad. It's going to amazing; I can't wait," McCormick said.

In the final end, Lank had one stone in the four foot and was attempting to place another one above it in the eight foot but it slipped too deep setting up a double takeout opportunity for McCormick for the win. "I was hoping for a shot like that or an open draw," McCormick said.

"All I could think was - let it get out of her hand; don't panic with the sweep call," Pottinger said. "Once it crossed the hogline, I knew we had won. I'm thrilled to death."

This was Lank's fourth attempt at making the Olympic team and second time she finished as runner-up. Her teammates Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) and Chrissy Haase (Schenectady, N.Y.) have yet to make the Olympic team as well. Ann Swisshelm, the team's second, was a member of the 2002 Olympic team alongside McCormick. They also teamed up to win the 2003 world championship - the only women's world title the U.S. has won. The U.S. women have never won an Olympic medal. In fact, the U.S. curling program has only one a single medal - in 2006 when Pete Fenson won the bronze. "Obviously, it's a huge disappointment to finish out the Olympic Trials like this," Swisshelm said. "The McCormick rink played great, and we wish them the best in Vancouver."

"I believe we were confident that we could win," Haase said. "We know Debbie has a good team, and they played really well. As a team, I don't think we played our complete best game. We knew it was a fairly easy shot for Deb, and if you noticed, I didn't even watch."

Tied 1-1 after two ends, McCormick got lots of rocks in play in the third end and was able to make a draw for three points when Lank came down too heavy with her final stone. Lank's team would close the gap with a tap for two points. The teams would exchange singles over the next five ends with McCormick sealing the win in the 10th on a double takeout.

"We just relied on what we've been doing all season and wanted to come out today and make precise shots," Joraanstad said. "There was a little bit of nervousness, sure, but we've played at worlds and have been in tight games before so that helps."

Up next for the McCormick rink is representing the U.S. at the 2009 World Women's Championship, March 21-29 in Gangneung, Korea. They will now be nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee to be members of Team USA for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Live scoring from the event is available at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks in the scoreboard.

Universal Sports will air 12 hours live from the 2010 Olympic Team Trials, including the semifinals and championship finals. Live webstreaming also will be on www.universalsports.com.

Line scores:
*McCormick    103 010 010 2        8
Lank        010 201 001 0        5

USA Curling is sponsored by Kodiak Technology Group, AIT Worldwide Logistics and Nike.

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