As we come to the start of the Grand Slam season and the quarter-point of the overall season, the US teams on the World Curling Tour have put together some good results mixed in with inconsistency. With only #1-ranked Heath McCormick playing this past week amongst men’s teams (going 3-3 with wins in all three brackets at the Curling Challenge de Gatineau, but failing to advance to the playoffs), their poll remains unchanged. On the women’s side, results from the Canad Inns Women’s Classic and the Medicine Hat Charity Spiel have caused a shake-up of the top four teams.
- Jessica Schultz – Semifinalist at the Medicine Hat Charity Spiel (B-bracket qualifier); 4-2 for the week; third consecutive playoff appearance on the season; highest winning percentage of US teams (12-9, .571).
- Jamie Sinclair – 4-3 at the Canad Inns Women’s Classic (C-finalist); two wins in both B-bracket and C-bracket play; 17 wins on the season (most amongst US teams).
- Cory Christensen – Went 0-3 at the Canad Inns Women’s Classic (second A/B/C/out of the season); 10-12 record thus far in 2016-2017.
- Nina Roth – 0-3 at the Canad Inns Women’s Classic; 4-2 season record against other US rinks.
- Cassie Potter
- Cristin Clark
- Heath McCormick – 24-10 for the season (7 more than 2nd); 5-0 record against other US teams.
- Craig Brown
- Brady Clark
- Todd Birr
- John Shuster
- Lyle Sieg
- Pete Fenson
John Shuster will carry the US Curling banner at the WFG Masters in Okotoks, AB this week, with most of the other American rinks (Birr, Brown, Clark, McCormick) heading to Sarnia, ON for the Huron ReproGraphics Oil Heritage Classic. The US women’s teams are off this week with the Masters being the only event on the schedule.