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Dec. 18, 2012
Eight teams now qualified for 2013 National Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Eight teams have pre-qualified to the 2013 USA Curling National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies while the other teams in contention will battle for spots in the upcoming Challenge Round in January.
The 2012 national champions and runners-up qualified automatically of the 2013 Nationals at the conclusion of the 2012 event in Aston, Pa. Those teams are led by Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Laura Roessler (Trempealeau, Wis.), who is skipping in place of 2006 Olympian Cassie Potter due to her pregnancy.
Four additional teams have also qualified based on Order of Merit points from this fall’s World Curling Tour results. Those teams are led by two-time Olympian John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), 2010 national champion Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), 1998 Olympian Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario) and five-time national champion Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.).
The remaining six women’s and six men’s teams will earn berths from the Challenge Round. The Men’s Challenge Round will take place Jan. 2-6 at the Hibbing Curling Club in Hibbing, Minn., with 30 teams competing. The Women’s Challenge Round is set to take place Jan. 18-20 at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle with 14 teams competing.
USA Curling will partner with the 12th End Sports Network in a two-year deal to bring webstreaming to the sport's top events.
The 12th End Sports Network provided live coverage of every draw of the 2012 Nationals and has signed on to air the 2013 and 2014 Men's and Women's National Championships in partnership with USA Curling.
The 12th End Sports Network is owned and produced by Rochester, N.Y., curlers Joe Calabrese and Brian Anderson.
The USCA Athletes' Advisory Council has concluded its election for the USCA Athlete Representative and Alternate to the United States Olympic Committee's Athletes' Advisory Council. The newly-elected Athlete Representative is Pete Fenson, and the Alternate is Maureen Clark.
In this election process, the top vote getter overall becomes the Athlete Representative, and then the highest vote getter of the opposite gender becomes the alternate.
To be eligible to run (and vote) for these positions, athletes had to have competed at the Winter Olympic Games or the Men's/Women's World Curling Championships within the preceding 10 years as measured from the USOC AAC meeting of the Summer Quadrennium (January 2013). Also, no paid employees or consultants of the USCA or USOC were eligible to run or vote in this election.
The Athlete Representative serves as the USCA's voice at the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for curling athletes on various athlete-impact issues. These issues may include, but are not limited to the following: doping control, financial support for athletes, commercial terms/athlete marketing, and athletes' rights in team selection. The term of service is four years, commencing January of 2013 and ending in December of 2016.
While being the USOC AAC Representative can afford an athlete with extraordinary opportunity within the Olympic Family - this is not a celebrity position. It is a position that takes time, thought and energy. For a Representative to excel he/she must communicate clearly within the USCA and the USOC, think critically about issues, advocate appropriately for our sport's competitive athletes and dedicate the necessary time.
Fenson succeeds Richard Maskel as the Athlete Representative. Clark has also served as the Alternate for the 2010-2013 quadrennium.