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Technique: Curling

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  • Who
    Skip Erika Brown; second Jessica Schultz; lead Ann Swisshelm;
    vice skip Debbie McCormick
  • What
    Curling
  • When
    Competition begins Feb. 10

End the shutout. That's the mission for Team Brown, the U.S. women's curling squad named for its veteran skip. An American team has never medaled in curling, an event that returned to the Winter Olympics in 1998. But come Sochi, this crew -- Brown, vice skip McCormick, lead Swisshelm and second Schultz -- are going for the sweep. Here's a look at the part each woman plays in the delicate tag-team art of getting the rock down the ice and into the house, a.k.a. the big bull's-eye. -- Carmen R. Thompson

Photograph by KC Armstrong
  • Marissa Castelli, Simon Shnapir
  • Heather McPhie
  • Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton
  • Sarah Hendrickson
  • Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swishelm
  • Heather Richardson
  • Kelly Clark

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