Curling Night in America returns for a fifth season on NBCSN on Fridays, featuring Olympic champion John Shuster‘s team.
The weekly series, running through Dec. 14, features members from all three U.S. Olympic teams — three members from Shuster’s rink, the first U.S. Olympic gold-medal team, plus four from Nina Roth‘s team and mixed doubles siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton.
The U.S. teams faced Italy, China and Japan from Aug. 27-29 in Minnesota, with a points system to determine the season winners in each division.
All NBCSN telecasts will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
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|Fri., October 12
||Team USA vs. Italy – Men
|Fri., October 19
||Team USA vs China – Mixed Doubles
|Fri., October 26
||Team USA vs. China – Women
|Fri., November 2
||Team USA vs. Japan – Women
|Fri., November 9
||Team USA vs. Italy – Mixed Doubles
|Fri., November 23
||Team USA vs. Japan – Men
|Fri., November 30
||Team USA vs. Italy – Women
|Fri., December 14
||Team USA vs. Japan – Mixed Doubles
|Fri., December 14
||Team USA vs. China – Men
With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.