Team Shuster the star attraction for home crowd in Omaha
Olympic champions to be joined by Team Sinclair as well as Paterson and Polo
Olympic gold medal winners Team Shuster will be the star attraction as United States bid for glory in the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha.
Before the series opener in Suzhou, USA Curling had already confirmed they would be sending different rinks to each of the opening three legs.
Team Shuster were selected to compete in front of a passionate home crowd in the men’s event at the Ralston Arena. They will attempt to secure the $20,000 winners’ prize money and an automatic place in May’s Grand Final in Beijing.
Their line-up for the series second leg between 5-9 December is John Shuster, Chris Plys, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner.
Team Sinclair, who secured back-to-back national championships earlier this year, will wear the stars and stripes in the women’s event.
The rink consists of skip Jamie Sinclair, third Alex Carlson, lead Monica Walker, while twin sisters Taylor and Sarah Anderson play alternate and lead respectively. Sarah reached the Curling World Cup mixed doubles final in Suzhou with Korey Dropkin.
Another American competing in Omaha after taking part in Suzhou is Tabitha Peterson, who will team up with Olympic champion Joe Polo in the mixed doubles event.
The pair will look to book their ticket to Beijing by going one better than Anderson and Dropkin, who lost out to Canada in the final in Suzhou.
70 days until the second leg of the @curlingworldcup in Omaha. Get your tickets at https://t.co/dFDp6zH9Fy Come see @TeamShuster @TeamJSinclair & mixed doubles @tabcurl & @joepolo1 pic.twitter.com/vm2UaKiBtZ— USA Curling (@usacurl) September 25, 2018
USA Curling have also named their teams for the third leg next January with some familiar faces taking part in Jonkoping, Sweden.
Becca Hamilton will team up with her brother, Matt, in the mixed doubles while Cory Christensen will skip her rink in the women’s event.
Team Christensen is made up of Cory, Vicky Persinger – whose brother, Greg, competed in Suzhou – Jenna Martin and Madison Bear.
The men’s event will see Team Fenner compete with their line-up of Mark Fenner, Tom Howell, Korey Dropkin and Alex Fenson.
Full United States line-ups for the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha, December 5-9.
Women: Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Sarah Anderson, Monica Walker, Taylor Anderson
Men: John Shuster, Chris Plys, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner
Mixed doubles: Tabitha Peterson, Joe Polo
Tickets for all five days of competition at the Ralston Arena can be purchased here.