Curling Preview
Team USA is more hungry than ever before after two less-than-stellar Olympic performances in 2010 and 2014. After winning bronze at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games – the first Olympic medal for the U.S. curling program – Team USA will be looking for a chance to return to the Olympic podium in PyeongChang, South Korea. MORE

Matt Hamilton
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Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
Olympic Experience: 2018 Olympic Hopeful
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Matt Hamilton has the potential to win two medals with Team USA in PyeongChang as a member of the John Shuster rink and in mixed doubles with his sister, Becca Hamilton. Mixed doubles curling will make its Olympic debut in 2018 and Hamilton is hoping to make his first appearance along with the event. Thanks to a top-10 performance at world championships, the sibling pair has already locked a national quota spot for Team USA at the 2018 Games. In men's curling, Hamilton has teamed with Shuster, Tyler George and John Landsteiner for three consecutive years in representing Team USA on the world stage, winning bronze at the 2016 World Championships – the first medal by a U.S. men's curling team at the event since 2007. With the bronze in 2016 and a fourth-place finish in 2017, the team earned the U.S. an Olympic berth and finished the season with a No. 20 ranking on the world tour. Hamilton will look to punch his ticket to PyeongChang at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, to be held Nov. 11-18 in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by the Mixed Doubles Trials, set for Dec. 13-17, in Blaine, Minnesota.
About Matt
Something quirky: When I was growing up, I loved to compete. So much so, that when my friends couldn't come out to play sports, I would make up an imaginary friend and play against him.

Nickname(s):
I have a lot of nicknames, but really anything with "Ham" in it because of my last name.

Hobbies:
Roasting coffee. It's alone time and mesmerizing. It is my escape.

Best advice received: You must be gracious in victory and defeat to be liked and respected by your peers.

Earliest Olympic memory: Watching Pete Fenson at the Torino Olympics. I didn't really imagine myself there as much as I imagined what I would do if I was in that position.

Earliest memory of sport: I started playing when I was 14. I remember one instance where we didn't play well and the other team was making more shots, but somehow, we had won the game. I talked with my skip after the game and mentioned how I thought we were getting outplayed and he told me that we may have gotten outplayed but we out-strategized them. I was hooked on the idea that the game was such a balance of brains, brawn and finesse.

Nina Roth
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Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
Olympic Experience: 2018 Olympic Hopeful
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Nearly 20 years after beginning the sport, Nina Roth has high hopes for making her first U.S. Olympic Curling Team in 2018. The 29-year-old has already led the U.S. women to a 2018 Olympic berth with a fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Championships. The longtime skip leads a women's team featuring Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving and Becca Hamilton. Though the group has only been curling together since June 2016, the Roth rink utilized its experience individually to close out the 2016-17 season ranked No. 18 in the World Curling Tour Order of Merit Standings – the best of any U.S. team on the tour. Roth will look to redeem her fourth-place finish from 2010 at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling and punch her first ticket to the Olympics.
About Nina
Something quirky: I'm a movie nerd, especially any Star Wars or superhero movie.

Nickname(s): Neen. You'll hear my teammates call me that a lot.

Hobbies:
Hiking Devils Lake, Wisconsin with friends at least once a year, taking cycling classes and going to the movies with my husband. My family also has a tradition of going to a Brewers baseball game together every year.

Best advice received: Have fun. It seems silly but when you take a sport as seriously as we do, having fun can seem difficult as times. But having fun, playing loose is much easier than being stressed.

Earliest Olympic memory: The 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials were in my hometown when I was in high school and that was the first time I'd seen an event of that caliber up close. I was in awe of all the female curlers and how they carried themselves on and off the ice. I knew I wanted to compete at that level. That year, I watched almost every game Team USA played.

Earliest memory of sport: My earliest memory was watching my dad curl at the Old Curling Club in Madison, Wisconsin. I remember the plaid carpet, a staple in any traditional club. Steve Brown, an Olympic coach and national champion many times over, even gave me my first curling pin that day. He later became my first coach.

John Shuster
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Hometown: Chisholm, Minnesota
Olympic Experience: 2006 (1 bronze), 2010, 2014
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A fixture on the U.S. Olympic Curling Team since 2006, John Shuster remains one of the top skips in the country and will seek to make history as the only U.S. curler to compete at four Olympic Winter Games. The Superior, Wisconsin, native was a member of the U.S. team that captured the first Olympic medal in program history with bronze at the Torino Games in 2006. Since then, he has been looking to get back on the Olympic podium and after two top-10 finishes in 2010 and 2014, has his sights set on the medal stand in PyeongChang. In 2017, Shuster made his seventh world championship appearance, leading Team USA to a fourth-place finish in Edmonton, Alberta. Coming off a bronze medal in 2016 – the first world championship medal for a U.S. curling team since 2007 – Shuster's team of Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo will look to secure its spot for the PyeongChang Games at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling this November in Omaha, Nebraska.
About John
Something quirky: I rarely stop whistling when at home. My 4-year-old already learned how so he could be like me.

Nickname(s): Shoostie, people always call me by my last name or some form of it.

Hobbies: Fishing (weekly), golfing (three-four times a month), hunting (a few times in the fall) and playing fantasy football.

Best advice received: Breath, slow down.

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember watching the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling in 1997, and having curled for three or four years, I thought I could get to where those athletes were someday.

Jamie Sinclair
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Hometown: Manotick, Ontario
Olympic Experience: 2018 Olympic Hopeful
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Born into a family of curlers and one of the youngest skips on the senior women's circuit, 25-year-old Jamie Sinclair has already made a name for herself and her rink consisting of Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker with top finishes during the 2016-17 season. After capturing the Continental Cup in January, Sinclair led her team just a month later to its first national title with a 6-4 win over Nina Roth's squad to finish No. 21 on the World Curling Tour Order of Merit Standings. The foursome is vying for a spot on its first U.S. Olympic Team. The U.S. women have already earned a national quota spot for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, and will look to fill the open spot during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling in November.
About Jamie
Something quirky: I can't whistle and I had a pet ferret named Trooper growing up. I also absolutely love nail polish and shoes.

Nickname(s): My dad calls me Missy.

Hobbies: I love traveling, hiking, photography, camping and building furniture. I also enjoy flipping houses with my family.

Best advice received: My mom used to always say, "Don't make excuses, work hard and make it happen."

Earliest Olympic memory: In 2010, I remember watching the gold-medal game in women's curling. It was an intense game and I remember not being able to look away. I didn't really imagine myself in that position at the time. I started to imagine myself at the Olympics once I got a bit more of my own success at the junior level.

Earliest memory of sport: When I was 8 years old, my dad and grandfather brought my brothers and I to watch the Tim Hortons Brier (Canadian men's national curling championship). I didn't really know what was happening, but I liked the atmosphere and remember the cotton candy. The next year, my dad taught me how to curl and I started competing. When I was 9, I won my first prize which was a chocolate bunny. I was instantly hooked. I'm a pretty competitive person so I love that aspect, but I also love the strategy. That drew me in.

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