Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys are becoming big names in the US billiards arena, but both will make their Olympic debuts this week when mixed doubles kicks off at the 2022 Winter Olympics. General information and things to know about Team USA in mixed doubles.
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Team America’s Past
The US has struggled in international doubles since its debut at the 2018 Olympics. In the last Winter Olympics, sibling duo Matt and Becca Hamilton finished sixth after leading. before 2-5 in the group game. The duo Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson represented the US and finished eighth at the most recent World Championships.
This year’s player
At this year’s Olympics, the US will have the participation of Persinger and Plys. The 29-year-old Persinger is from Fairbanks, Alaska. She has competed three times in the Tetanus World Championships, each time in the women’s tetanus event. Her team’s world best was fourth place in 2018.
Plys is best known as the newest member of Team Shuster, the American men’s flex team that won a gold medal at PyeongChang in 2018, and will also compete at this year’s Games. Plys joined Team Shuster in 2019 and has competed with them in two World Championships, including the team’s most recent fifth title last year. The 34-year-old from Duluth, Minnesota will compete at his first Olympics, but this year won’t be his first Olympic experience. He was a reserve for the USA men’s team in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Like Matt Hamilton in the previous Olympics, Plys will pull the double bar in both the men’s doubles and men’s doubles at the 2022 Olympics.
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How did they come to the game
After joining forces in 2018, Persinger and Plys have become the hottest mixed duo in America for more than two years. They won the national championship in 2021 and last October beat Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen to win the US Olympic championship and have a chance to represent Team USA. However, winning the Challenge in the United States still does not guarantee the first team a place in the Olympics. The duo had to continue their hot streak in December at the Olympic Qualifying Event in the Netherlands. After a perfect 5-0 draw in the tournament to reach the final, Persinger and Plys defeated the team from the Russian Olympic Committee to officially make their Olympic dream come true.
“I feel like I’ve worked so long to get to these Olympic Games, and to finally be here, I feel so grateful,” Persinger said at this week’s pre-Olympic press conference. “Certainly I was a little heartbroken during the round trip. Mixed doubles isn’t even our full focus, so I’m really lucky to be partnered with Chris. “We went through the overlock machine to get here. Our Olympic trials in the United States were tough. In my opinion we have five teams that can represent our country very well here, so to get through that is a big sigh of relief. But that never means we’ll be sure to let something weird when it comes to emotional handling. We are glad that our road is not over yet. ”
“I’m looking forward to playing for the Aussies,” said Plys. “The fact that they expand the sport of curl to another continent on the Olympic stage is something that I think is great. ”
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You never know when you’ll get the chance to go back and experience something like this,” Plys said during the press conference. Since the Olympics ended in 2018, they started showing you the locations and planting these little seeds that you started dreaming about from that moment on.
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Team USA fixtures
(All games listed EST)
Wednesday, 7 am. – USA and Australia
Wednesday, 8 p.m – USA and Italy
Thursday, 1 a.m – United States and Norway
Friday, 12:30 am – United States and Sweden
Saturday, 1 am – United States and China
Saturday, 7 am – United States and Canada
Saturday, 8 p.m – United States and Czech Republic
Sunday, 7 am – USA and Switzerland
Sunday, 8 p.m – United States and Great Britain
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/beijing-winter-olympics/meet-the-u-s-mixed-doubles-curling-team/3130285/ Meet the USA Mixed Doubles Curling Team at the Winter Olympics – NBC10 Philadelphia