The world championship is set to begin Saturday from the Volvo Sports Centre in Riga, Latvia, featuring 12 countries competing for the world title. Brown (Oakville, Ontario) and teammates Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Richfield, Minn.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago) and Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) begin the 11-game round robin against Italy's Diana Gaspari on Saturday afternoon. The U.S. has only won the women's world championship title once - in 2003 when McCormick and Swisshelm won it in Winnipeg.
The U.S. women will compete against Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland, which won the title in 2012 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since the women's world championship debuted in 1979, Canada has won the title 15 times followed by Sweden with eight championship wins.
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