2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials

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2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials
2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials

Host cityFargo, North Dakota
ArenaScheels Arena
DatesNovember 11–16, 2013
Men's winnerTBD
Curling clubTBD
SkipTBD
ThirdTBD
SecondTBD
LeadTBD
FinalistTBD
Women's winnerTBD
Curling clubTBD
SkipTBD
ThirdTBD
SecondTBD
LeadTBD
FinalistTBD

The 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials will be held from November 11 to 16, 2013[1] at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota.[2] They will be held to determine the teams that will represent the United States at the curling tournaments at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[3]

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Road to the Trials

Teams on the men's and women's sides will qualify to the Olympic Trials in one of two ways. Teams will be able to qualify directly to the Trials by finishing in either first or second place at the 2012 and 2013 National Curling Championships, or they will qualify indirectly through selection by the United States Curling Association's High Performance Program (HPP) Selection Committee. The HPP Selection Committee's selections will be based on prior performance at World and National Championships, Order of Merit rankings, and performance in World Curling Tour events in the three years preceding the Trials (2011–2013).[3]

For the men's tournament, a maximum of five teams will compete for the right to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics. The first and second placed teams from the 2012 National Championships and from the 2013 National Championships will qualify directly for the Trials. In the event that both of the directly qualifying teams from the 2013 National Championships already qualified via the 2012 National Championships, giving a total of two directly qualified teams, the HPP Selection Committee will select two additional teams to compete in the Trials, making a total of four teams. In the event that one of the directly qualifying teams from the 2013 National Championships already qualified via the 2012 National Championships, giving a total of three directly qualified teams, the selection committee will select one additional team to compete in the Trials, making a total of four teams. However, if there are two or more American teams that have placed within the top twenty of the Order of Merit, and if at least one of those two teams has not earned a qualification spot in the Trials, the selection committee will choose two additional teams, bringing the total to five teams. If none of the aforementioned scenarios applies, which would imply a total of four directly qualifying teams, the selection committee will choose one additional team to compete in the Trials, bringing the total to five teams.[3]

For the women's tournament, a total of four teams will compete for the right to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics. The first and second placed teams from the 2012 National Championships will qualify directly for the Trials. The first placed team from the 2013 National Championships will likewise qualify directly for the Trials. In the event that the first placed team from the 2013 National Championships has already qualified for the Trials via the 2012 National Championships, the second placed team will qualify for the Trials. In the event that the second place team from the 2013 National Championships has also already qualified for the Trials via the 2012 National Championships, the selection committee will select two additional teams to compete in the Trials. Otherwise, if there is a directly qualifying team from the 2013 National Championships, the selection committee will select one additional team to compete in the Trials.[3]

Men

Teams

Team lists are to be finalized.

SkipThirdSecondLeadAlternateLocaleQualification Method
Heath McCormickWilliam StoperaMartin SatherDean GemmellNew York New York, New York2012 National Championships, First place
Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan BruntMinnesota Bemidji, Minnesota2012 National Championships, Second place

Women

Teams

Team lists are to be finalized.

SkipThirdSecondLeadAlternateLocaleQualification Method
Allison PottingerNicole JoraanstadNatalie NicholsonTabitha PetersonMinnesota St. Paul, Minnesota2012 National Championships, First place
Cassandra PotterJamie HaskellJaclyn LemkeStephanie SamborMinnesota St. Paul, Minnesota2012 National Championships, Second place

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