Tracy Sachtjen

USA Curling

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Position Fifth
Delivers Right-handed
Born February 20, 1969, in Sauk Prairie, Wis.
Hometown Lodi, Wis.
Occupation YMCA/Lodi School District
Family Married to Karl, with two children, Sierra and Desmon
Year started curling 1982
CURLING HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.S. National Championships: 2007 (champion), 2006 (champion), 2005 (runner-up), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion) 2001, 2000, 1998 (runner-up); 1999, '97 (champion); 1993 (3rd)
  • Women's World Curling Championship: 2008, 2003 (gold medalist), 1999 (silver medalist) 1997 (5th)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials--Curling: 2006 (silver), 2002 (silver), 1998
  • U.S. Junior Women's Nationals: 1989, '88, '87 (champion all three years)
  • Junior Women's Worlds: 1989 (6th); 1988 (6th)
  • Continental Cup: 2006 (runner-up), 2003 (runner-up)
  • Wisconsin State Junior Champion: 1987, 1988, 1989
  • U.S. Mixed Nationals: 1998 (champion)
  • USA Challenge Competition: 1998 (champion)
  • Wisconsin Women's State Champion: 1993, 1997, 2001
  • Illinois State Women's Curling Championships: 2003 (champion)
  • USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year: 1989
  • United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month: April 2003
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2003 (with Debbie McCormick), 1999 (with Patti Lank)
  • Southwest Ontario Women's Cashspiel: 2003 (champion)
  • Won High School Curling Conference Championship in 1985, '86 and '87. Finished second in Wisconsin State High School Curling Championships in 1987.
 

About Tracy Sachtjen:

Curls out of: Lodi Curling Club, Lodi, Wis., and Madison Curling Club, Madison, Wis.

Tracy is a member of the first U.S. women's curling team to win a gold medal at Worlds. Playing lead for Debbie McCormick's team, USA defeated Canada, 5-3, to win the 2003 World Curling Championships in Winnipeg, Canada.

Curling start: Tracy grew up with curling in her life, although she confesses to not having liked the sport at first. Her parents curled, but not competitively, although they did go to many recreational bonspiels. Tracy was born while her father was away at a bonspiel. She developed a love for curling while attending Lodi High School and made the varsity team her first week out. She lettered as a freshman, and quickly became skip of the senior-laden team. Tracy guided this high school team to the title in the first U.S. Junior Women's National Championship, in 1987. (There was not a world competition yet that year.) Tracy took time off from curling from 1989-92 for work reasons. She returned to the ice for the 1992-93 season and helped her team placed third in the U.S. Women's Nationals. Tracy took another break from curling from 1993-96 to have her first child. She picked up where she left off in the fall of 1996, and won her first U.S. Women's National Championship the same season.

In her own words: The reason why I love curling so much is that it is such an intriguing mental game and it is a very competitive sport.

Hobbies: Swimming, weight training, golf, running, biking, spending time with my family, and volunteering for community organizations.

Curling goals: "To win an Olympic gold medal."