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2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby Brad » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:14 am

David Earl wrote:JUST IN: #Omaha to host a @TeamUSA #winter trials ahead of 2018 games in South Korea @BaxterArena. More at 2:30 p.m. @KETV
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Postby MadMartin8 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:58 pm

Awesome news!



Now, let me predict the 9 pages of kvetching over how this is "Just Curling" blah blah blah.
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Postby Brad » Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:31 pm

Watch announcement live now:
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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

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Baxter Arena To Host Olympic Curling Trials

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Omaha Athletics wrote:STEVENS POINT, Wis. – UNO's Baxter Arena has been selected as the site for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling.

“We are very excited about the potential for our sport’s growth in Omaha and across the United States as we bring the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling to Nebraska for the first time. Much like when Omaha was selected to host its first of what has now been three straight Olympic Trials for USA Swimming, I suspect this announcement may cause a little head scratching around the curling community. Especially since we had very strong bids from several cities that have done a great job hosting major championship curling events previously,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling’s chief executive officer. “Along with our entire selection panel, I was highly impressed by the professionalism of the bid, the facilities to be used, and the partnership between the Omaha Sports Commission, University of Nebraska Omaha’s Baxter Arena, and the Aksarben Curling Club. The additional information gathered in a site visit confirmed that Omaha is serious about making these the best Olympic Trials ever for curling, and we believe that the competing athletes and fans in attendance will ultimately find that to be true.”
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Postby HR Paperstacks » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:02 pm

It's awesome how we keep landing these events!

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Postby nebugeater » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:37 pm

I will admit that I have not read much on this yet. have one question though for those who have it it was covered. Who else was in the running to get this or bid on hosting the event?
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nebugeater wrote:I will admit that I have not read much on this yet. have one question though for those who have it it was covered. Who else was in the running to get this or bid on hosting the event?


Jacksonville, Fla.; Ogden, Utah; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Provo, Utah
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Postby Coyote » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:48 pm

BTW:

The Aksarben Curling Club boasts 136 members and has a college program that includes teams from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton, and Wayne State, with UNL and Wayne State having competed in the 2016 College National Championship. Starting this fall, the club’s Junior Program will include three age groups, elementary through high school, and is open to all students. Aksarben runs beginner’s leagues and learn-to-curls October through March. Open houses will take place October 2 and Oct. 23 at Baxter Arena. For more information, visit CurlAksarben.com or follow the club on Facebook at facebook.com/CurlAksarben or on Twitter @CurlAksarben.
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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

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Coyote wrote:
nebugeater wrote:I will admit that I have not read much on this yet. have one question though for those who have it it was covered. Who else was in the running to get this or bid on hosting the event?


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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby iamjacobm » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:15 pm

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:22 pm

First two days of Round Robin play are in the books. One men's team is 0-3, but every other team has at least one win. Have to say that watching three matches at one time is a thing that needs to be gotten used to, but it makes the games WAY more fun to watch. The TV coverage of this sport centers on the US only and only in events where we are going to medal, so you get 5 or 10 minutes. Here, you can see games evolve and can see control/finesse shots mixed with power shots for a complex match.

They are close fought matches. At one point in last night's draw all three games were tied. One of the games ended on the last rock of the overtime 11th end with a finesse shot that moved the rock between blocking rocks right into the center of the target (AKA the button). Very impressive.

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:59 pm

How long did the session go? We have tickets for Friday.
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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby Original » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:15 pm

I went with family including my two year old last night, and when we left at 8:30, two of the matches were 5 games in and one was in the 6th, I think.

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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:31 pm

Brad wrote:How long did the session go? We have tickets for Friday.


The sessions have lasted about 3 hours.

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Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:58 pm

Went tonight and had a good time. A handful of friends of mine have moved to the Twin Cities this past year and joined a curling league and one of the guys was down for the matches today so I got a lot of the lingo and strategy during the match tonight.

They have pretty cool facilities up there for curling leagues, would be neat if someone put something like this together in Omaha if it would catch on.

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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:31 am

If we could get this kind of a thing going, you could have a sport pub crawl. Start at Omaha Gun Club and end at the Curling club.

Last night's event was really tight. The women's match went into an extra end. Both the men's matches were within 2 points. Lots of really good finesse shots. If you can get there tonight, give it a look.

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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:54 am

Tuesday night:
Matches seemed faster.
The women were on the lane closest to us. They usually have a slower game than last night and I liked the faster pace. Battle of leaders, Team Sinclair took it with a two point margin.

The news on the men's side was the steady growth of Team Birr. They toppled Team Brown with some precision shooting on the last rock of the 10th. Now they are 3-2.

Team Clark continued to struggle getting the first 5 point round of the tournament scored against them in the 7th, prompting their concession. They are now 1-4. Mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

So the women have a two way tie going into the end of round robin play. They may end up with a three way tie if Team Christensen gets lucky. The men's side looks like Team Shuster v Team McCormick. Both have been very interesting to watch. Shuster has a lot of finesse shooters as does McCormick. The playoffs start Thursday and should be good.
Overall, the crowd was bigger last night, but a lot of folks left early.

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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby Brad » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:35 pm

Just got this email from the Baxter Arena:

Baxter Arena wrote:Please note that the Friday evening session of the Olympic Curling Trials will now begin at 6:30PM rather than the originally scheduled start time of 7:00PM.

The first session of the day is still scheduled to begin at 1:00PM.
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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:19 pm

Both men's and women's matches went to third games and both were close till final ends. The organizers liked the event. The rep for World Curling Federation commented about an International Championship here in the future and the USOC talked about coming back for future trials.

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Postby Coyote » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:06 pm

Record number of attendees for Curling Olympic Trials

KETV wrote:USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said this is the largest crowd that the USA Curling Teams has seen at an event like this, with attendee numbers reaching into the thousands.
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Coyote wrote:Record number of attendees for Curling Olympic Trials

KETV wrote:USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said this is the largest crowd that the USA Curling Teams has seen at an event like this, with attendee numbers reaching into the thousands.


That would include myself. I didn't know what to expect but the players were very skilled at the sport and the matches were intense.

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:51 am

We went Friday night. Not quite sure what I was expecting, but it was fun. I would go again if they come back Omaha in the future.
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Re: 2018 Curling Team Trials @Baxter

Postby bigredmed1 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:45 pm

Brad wrote:We went Friday night. Not quite sure what I was expecting, but it was fun. I would go again if they come back Omaha in the future.


From what the USOC said, it seems likely that we would be in a good spot to get the trials again. From what the rep from the World Curling Federation said, we are now being considered for a World Curling Championship site. She was very impressed with the facility and the Omaha Sports Foundation's team.

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Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:30 pm

I think they will do a little better attendance wise if they come back. It is a niche sport that got introduced to a lot of people. I am sure Aksarben Curling Club will get a ton of new teams after this.

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Postby MadMartin8 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:21 pm

bigredmed1 wrote:
Brad wrote:We went Friday night. Not quite sure what I was expecting, but it was fun. I would go again if they come back Omaha in the future.


From what the USOC said, it seems likely that we would be in a good spot to get the trials again. From what the rep from the World Curling Federation said, we are now being considered for a World Curling Championship site. She was very impressed with the facility and the Omaha Sports Foundation's team.



Good news for Omaha, and also Baxter Arena.
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