Posted 3/29/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Nicole Joraanstad, daughter of Crosby natives Debra and Gary Joraanstad, played second for Team USA last week at the 2016 World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, Sask.
The United States fell short of advancing to the semifinals, finishing round-robin play with six wins and five losses to tie for sixth place among the 12 teams.
Team USA started the tournament with losses in four of its first five matches before faring better in later draws. Three of its early losses were by one point, including to eventual champion Switzerland.
Her team, led by skip Erika Brown, had earned the right to represent the U.S. in the tournament by winning the U.S. Women’s Curling Nationals in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.
The sixth-place finish at worlds earned the United States seven points toward qualification to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea. The seven nations with the most points combined from the 2016 and 2017 World Women’s Curling Championships will each automatically qualify a team.
Joraanstad has now played at worlds nine times; it’s her second straight sixth-place finish.