Dropkin: Dream of Beijing stage provides huge motivation
Korey Dropkin on his partnership with Anderson and Beijing goals.
“If you want to perform at the highest level, then you have to prepare at the highest level.” - Tom Brady, one of sport’s greatest athletes. The American footballer also happens to be Korey Dropkin’s idol.
Leading up to the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing, 23-year-old Dropkin spoke about how much he values preparation, what drives him to improve and the incentives when competing around the world.
Dropkin and his partner Sarah Anderson will head back to China – where they finished runners-up in leg one representing United States – looking to take the big one in the capital city. Dropkin says winning it would be “one of our biggest accomplishments”.
“Well the money is an easy motivator,” he says. “But since my earliest days as curler, I always dreamt of travelling the world to play at the biggest stages of this sport in front of large crowds.
“This opportunity to play at the first Curling World Cup Grand Final and battle with the best is a huge motivation all in itself to be as prepared as I can possibly be.
“Each of these events offer great experience to play at a high level under the lights against the best teams from different countries.”
Born and raised in Massachusetts, homeland to a number of elite sporting institutions – Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Brady’s New England Patriots – it was curling that grabbed the attention of a young Dropkin, mainly due to his upbringing.
“I was born in Massachusetts, but curling was a family sport for me,” Dropkin says. “Between my parents being involved in our local junior curling program and my older brothers knee-deep in the sport, it was natural step for me to get hooked as well.
“Curling is a growing sport in the United States and I love to share my passion and contribute however I can to the growth and development of the sport and other curlers.”
In Beijing, Dropkin – who now lives in Minnesota - will be joined by his long-time teammate, 24-year-old Anderson. The pair have enjoyed plenty of success since teaming up in 2015 – which was initially “just for fun”.
In 2012, when aged 17, Dropkin and Anderson competed alongside Dropkin’s current team-mate, Tom Howell and Sarah’s twin sister, Taylor at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
But it was at the USA Mixed Doubles National Championship where their partnership blossomed. “Sarah and I have been friends for a long time,” continues Dropkin. “During one of our junior seasons  we decided to play in the mixed doubles nationals, just for fun, and it resulted in a national championship.
“Since then, we’ve built a passion for this particular discipline of curling and through our years as friends and teammates we have formed a strong dynamic on the ice.”
Eager to take part in what would be both Dropkin’s and Anderson’s third Curling World Cup event of the 2018-2019 campaign, and with $USD 22,500 up for grabs to the winner in Beijing, the season finale is set to provide a number of outstanding battles.
“I was thrilled when we received the invite. It’s an exciting competition to end our season on and winning would definitely be highlighted as one of our biggest accomplishments,” claims Dropkin.