(ASTON, Pa.) - Familiar faces will wear the red, white and blue at the upcoming World Championships as Team Allison Pottinger captured the gold medal today at the 2012 USA Curling National Championships at IceWorks Skating Complex.
"It's always fantastic but special this time," said Pottinger, who won her first national title as skip. "We all took the challenge and moved up a spot and brought Tab (Peterson) on the team. We knew we'd have to work at it and it's so great to get the payout and win. As a team, the girls were fantastic all day."
2010 Olympians Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.) and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) along with two-time U.S. junior champion Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) will represent the U.S. at the 2012 World Championships next month in Lethbridge, Alberta, after defeating Team Cassie Potter, 7-5. "We're super excited. We love wearing USA on our backs and going to play and represent the U.S.," Joraanstad said.
Despite today's loss, Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Jamie Haskell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.) and Stephanie Sambor (Minot, N.D.) leave today with a berth in the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
"It feels really good to hang in there and prove that we can stick with the rest of them," said Potter, who represented Team USA with her sister Jamie at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. "The playing field this week has been really even. A lot of junior teams are coming up, and it's not a matter of the top same two or three teams anymore. It's the top five or six, which is really good. I hope it keeps getting better."
This is the 10th national title for Pottinger, seventh for Joraanstad, eighth for Nicholson and first for Peterson. "It's pretty nuts; it's my first one so I can't describe it," said Peterson, 22, who won two U.S. junior titles and a world junior bronze medal in 2010.
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