USA aiming for podium at 2012 Women's Worlds
Twelve teams will contend for the world title as well as 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying points. This is the first event for nations to begin earning 2014 Olympic points. Based on cumulative points earned for their finishes at the 2012 and 2013 women's championships, the top seven countries (host Russia receives an automatic entry), will earn spots at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The final two nations for the 2014 Olympic Games will be determined at the World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event in December 2013. All nations that have competed at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Championships will be eligible to compete in the qualifying event if they have not already secured a spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 2012 Women's World Championship round robin gets underway at 2 p.m. MT Saturday. Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and her team of Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) begin play against host Canada at 7 p.m. Saturday. They are coached by Derek Brown, USA Curling's director of high performance.
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