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EVENTS You, too, can curl in Omaha at the Olympic Trials


By Steve Taylor, President, Aksarben Curling Club of Omaha


close to it as part of the Big O Bonspiel. Te Aksarben Curling Club is hosting Te Big


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O Bonspiel, a series of six, three-game bonspiels during the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling this November in Omaha, Neb. Tere is space for 10 teams in each bonspiel. Te Big-O Bonspiel draws will be played on


Baxter Arena’s second ice rink, Holland Ice, which is home to the Aksarben Curling Club. Te action will take place in between Olympics Trials competition draws so you won’t miss any Trials


ave you ever dreamed of playing in the Olympic Team Trials? Well, this Fall you can experience something


action. And, if that’s not cool enough, each of the six sessions’ A-Event finals will be played on the Trials ice at Baxter Arena.* Here is a look at the proposed schedule for the


bonspiels: Sessions 1 and 2: Nov. 10-11 Sessions 3, 4, 5: Nov. 12-15 Session 6: Nov. 16-18 Get the word out to your club members right


away as spots are filling up fast! You can sign up and pay online ($50 per person) at this link: https://squareup.com/store/big-o-bonspiel. To learn more about the 2018 Olympic Team


Trials, visit www.usacurl.org. See you in Omaha in November! * We will make every effort to ensure main ice availability for A-Event finals, but Trials


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competition schedule conflicts or ice conditions may arise which require some A-Event finals to be played on the community sheet with the other event finals. Q


Team USA set to compete in World


Mixed Championship


ship title in Williston, N.D., but the time has fi- nally come for the foursome to compete in the 2017 World Mixed Championship. At press time, Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) and


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his team of Emily Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Lexi La- nigan (Duluth, Minn.) were preparing to head to Champery, Switzerland, for the weeklong com- petition. Anderson replaces her sister, Sarah An- derson, who is currently preparing for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in November. Tere are 38 countries competing at this year’s


world mixed championship – split into five pools for round robin competition. Te Americans


t’s been nearly six months since Team USA’s Hunter Clawson rink won the 2017 USA Curling Mixed National Champion-


High Performance Program staff and athletes hosted an open camp for curlers from all across the U.S. to get instruction, video analysis and more. Te camp took place at the U.S. Olympic Training Site for Curling in Blaine, Minn., in August. Look for more camps next summer!


will compete in Pool B against Belarus, Brazil, France, Italy, Latvia, and Sweden. Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin


schedule (all times local): Oct. 7, USA v. France, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, USA v. Brazil, 8 a.m., USA v. Italy, 4 p.m. Oct. 9, USA v. Belarus, 8 p.m. Oct. 11, USA v. Sweden, 12 p.m. Oct. 12, USA v. Latvia, 8 a.m. Te qualification games and quarterfinals will take place on Oct. 13 with the event concluding


on Oct. 14 with medal games. Tis championship event began in 2015. Rus-


sia is the defending champion aſter defeating Sweden in last year’s final in Kazan, Russia, while Norway captured gold in 2015. Te best finish for an American team at this event was fiſth in the inaugural competition, which took place in Ber- ne, Switzerland. Te site for next season’s world championship has not been announced yet. For results of the 2017 event, go to www.world- curling.org and www.usacurl.org. Q


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