United States reveal line-ups for Beijing
Two teams join Team John Shuster in the Chinese capital in May.
USA Curling has named Team Nina Roth and Suzhou mixed doubles finalists Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin as their representatives for the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing.
The former two-time national champions, Anderson and Dropkin, have been teaming up in the mixed doubles discipline for more than seven years and reached the final of leg one in Suzhou at the beginning of the season.
Despite going unbeaten throughout the round-robin stage, as well as picking up a perfect six-point end against Korea, the young duo were defeated 7-3 by Canada’s Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres in the final.
United States were awarded a spot in the Grand Final having received 45 Curling World Cup ranking points – the second highest number of the Member Associations who had not already qualified.
Having competed in Omaha (Anderson) and Jonkoping (Dropkin) as part of their respective women’s and men’s quartets, they will now have a chance to avenge their loss on the return to China, with $USD 22,500 up for grabs for the winner.
Team Roth will also return to China between 8-12 May, after competing in Suzhou last September, when they claimed three wins and finished third in their group.
The foursome have been awarded a special invite from the Curling World Cup organisers after finishing with the highest ranking points excluding the Member Associations which had already qualified.
The Wisconsin-based rink represented United States at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and are two-time national champions.
The prize money in the women’s draw also increases for the Grand Final, with $USD 112,000 in the prize fund in Beijing and the winner receiving up to $USD 45,000.
Becca Hamilton, who will join her brother Matt in Beijing, is the foursome’s lead, with second Aileen Geving and third Tabitha Peterson completing the line-up.
The Americans will be represented in each of the three events with Team John Shuster competing in the men’s draw.