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Pottinger Prepares to Take on the World

At the 2012 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, Allison Pottinger, representing the United States, lost a tie-breaker to Canada’s Heather Nedohin and missed out on the playoffs by just a single point.

When the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup gets underway January 10-13 in Penticton the two teams will be wearing the same colours as they suit up for Team North America to face Team World in the international curling classic.

In ten trips to the world championships, Potttinger has had her share of playoff experience.  The first came in 1996 when she won a silver medal as part of the U.S. team skipped by Lisa Schoeneberg.  Three years later she earned another silver playing second for Patti Lank.

Pottinger got her first taste of gold in 2003 throwing third rocks for Debbie McCormick in the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Winnipeg and then earned a third bronze in the 2006 Ford World Women’s in Grande Prairie.

After appearing with McCormick in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Pottinger moved on to skip her own team.  Playing out of the St. Paul Curling Club in Minnesota, she’ll be joined in Penticton by teammates Nicole Joraanstad, Nathalie Nicholson and Tabitha Peterson.

“You Gotta Be There” for the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling in the South Okanagan Events Centre.  The best seats in the house for one of the most prestigious championships of the year are available by clicking here.

Allison Pottinger (right) with Team USA at the 2013 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship (Photo CCA/Michael Burns)