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Curling: Plys, Persinger one win away from Olympic trip

Team USA will play Finland or Russia at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Chris Plys of Duluth releases a stone while teammate Vicky Persinger of Fairbanks, Alaska prepares to sweep during round-robin play at the U.S. Olympic Trials for mixed doubles curling on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth. Persinger and Plys won the tournament on Sunday, taking the final 7-6 over Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen. Photo courtesy of USA Curling

The United States mixed doubles curling team of Chris Plys (Duluth) and Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) swept undefeated through its group in the round-robin portion of the Olympic Qualification Event at Leeuwarden, Netherlands and finds themselves one victory away from clinching a trip to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In the tournament, which started on Sunday, Team USA knocked off Japan (8-6), Estonia (11-6), Finland (7-5), Latvia (10-3), New Zealand (9-3) and South Korea (9-3). Their perfect record earned them a berth into one of two qualification finals to take place Thursday. The United States will face the winner of Finland vs. Russia at 11 a.m. CT for an Olympic berth.

NBC reneged on its intent to stream Team USA's matches in the in the tournament on its website due to a standards-and-practices objection over a local advertiser. The match can be streamed on Recast, a streaming platform.

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