The road to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is officially underway for the men and women's United States curling teams as they try to qualify for the games at the Olympic Trials.
There are high stakes at this event in Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota, with one women’s Olympic berth at stake and a potential men’s qualification as well. The women have already received an automatic bid, and the winning team will be the U.S. representative at the Sochi Games.
The winning men’s team will enter the Olympic qualification event in Füssen, Germany from Dec. 11-15 with the hopes of winning that event and being awarded the chance to represent America.
With so much riding on these trials, it is time for hardcore curling fans and supporters of anything Team USA to stand together once again.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 17
Where: Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
|2013 Olympic Curling Trial Television Schedule|
|Friday, Nov. 15||Men’s/Women’s Trials||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||Men’s Trials||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||Women’s Trials||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sunday, Nov. 17||Men’s/Women’s Trials||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Via NBC Sports|
Olympic Curling Trial Preview
In one of the most exciting formats in sports, the five competing men’s teams and four competing women’s teams will participate in a fierce round-robin battle this week that culminates with the elimination rounds beginning on Friday.
The women’s side of the bracket is straight forward and hard-hitting. With four teams battling each other for the chance to wear the red, white and blue, these women will become familiar with each other over the course of the tournament and the potential animosity should breed serious competition.
While the winning women’s team qualifies for the 2014 Olympics, the men’s side is much more complicated.
Five men’s team were deemed eligible for the trials this year, and the congested field—typically only four squads make it this far—will result in one of the fiercest battles the sport has ever seen.
The men’s team won bronze in the 2006 Winter Olympics and holds the performance of the group at a high level.
A chance to compete in the Winter Olympics is an opportunity that comes once every four years, but for many players, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With both the men's and women's teams leaving every ounce of energy on the ice in North Dakota, this will be a true test of the human will.