Fans of curling won’t have to wait until the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics to watch the United States take the ice.
Last night, NBC Sports Network kicked off its fourth season of Curling Night in America, an eight episode series that will include men’s, women’s and mixed doubles teams competing from the U.S., China, Japan and Scotland.
The competition took place at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., which is the site of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials taking place Nov. 11-18, in August and will be aired as a lead-in to the trials.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) October 11, 2017
The U.S. women’s rink will be skipped by Jamie Sinclair while Heath McCormick will skip the men’s rink. Siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton represent the U.S. in the mixed doubles competition.
Sinclair’s team, which captured the 2017 USA Curling National Women’s Championship in February, will consist of Alexandra Carlson, Vicky Persinger, and Monica Walker. McCormick’s team features Chris Plyth, Korey Dropkin and Thomas Howell.
Sinclair told TeamUSA.org that Curling Night in America is a good opportunity to build upon the sport’s potential as there’s not a lot of exposure currently in America.
“I think we need more of it,” Sinclair said. “Like more of our national championships, more of our world championships on TV. And then hopefully getting viewers from that to go to their local curling clubs and try it out for themselves.”
Last season, Team USA went 12-6 across all competitions to win the American Cup on Curling Night in America.
A full schedule of the telecast can be found below:
|Tues., October 10||Team USA vs. Scotland – Men||1 a.m.*|
|Tues., October 17||Team USA vs. Scotland – Women||1 a.m.*|
|Tues., October 24||Team USA vs. China – Men||11 p.m.|
|Tues., October 31||Team USA vs. Japan – Women||7 p.m.|
|Tues., November 7||Team USA vs. Japan – Men||12:30 a.m.*|
|Tues., November 21||Team USA vs. Japan – Women
Team USA vs. China – Mixed Doubles
|Tues., November 28||Team USA vs. Japan – Mixed Doubles||11:30 p.m.|
|Tues., December 5||Team USA vs. Scotland – Mixed Doubles||1 a.m.*|
*late Tuesday/early Wednesday