Brown: "First, I visualize the shot, lining up my broom with the target. My shoulders are square to the target line, and I place the rock in line with the target, holding the handle at the 2 o'clock position. I squat down, pull the rock back to my toe and drop my hips. Then I lunge toward the target and transfer all my weight to the sliding foot. The force and momentum of the shot come from my driving leg." McCormick: "I hold the broom that serves as Erika's target. I squat down to see the line, and I focus on her line of delivery, where her body's moving, if she's right on target."
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