FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2005
Seventeen curlers and two coaches are in the field at this
highly competitive event to determine the menís and womenís teams for the 2006
Olympic Winter Games in
The Bemidji Curling Club, located at
Pete Fensonís team comes into the Olympic Trials as the No.
1 ranked team in the menís field as determined by peer-seeding. Nicholson, who
plays lead on the Patti Lank rink, also goes in as No. 1 team. Joining Fenson
is Polo, a native of nearby
The Johnson sisters have been one of the top womenís teams for the past several seasons, advancing to the semifinals of the last three national championships. They also finished third at the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and won the 2002 Junior World title.
The Stevens brothers also won bronze at the 2002 Olympic
Trials when they were teammates with Baird. The brothers have teamed up this
season with 2000 national champion Craig Brown of
Katlyn Schmitt, a three-time junior national champion, has been
away from competitive curling the last few seasons. She will be an underdog at
the Olympic Trials but showed her competitiveness and grabbed the first berth
(and seventh overall) out of the Challenge Round in January to qualify for the
Olympic Trials. Joining Schmitt, who now lives in
Scott Baird, the oldest skip in the field at age 53, has plenty of national and international experience. The most recent inductee into the United States Curling Association Hall of Fame, Baird is a four-time national champion and 2003 senior national champion. He brings a veteran team of Eric Fenson, Haluptzok and Tim Johnson to the menís field and should challenge for a spot in the semifinals.
The 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling
also will serve as the World Trials to choose the
Highlights from the 2006 U.S. Olympic Trials will be aired on the College Sports Television Network at a date to be announced soon.
Curling became a full-medal sport at the 1998 Olympic Winter
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For more information: Rick Patzke, USA Curling, email@example.com, 715-344-1199