Duluth, Minn. resident Korey Dropkin and Jamie Sinclair won 8-5 on Sunday to claim the Twin Ports Mixed Doubles Classic at the Duluth Curling Club, and in the process, earned themselves one final chance to qualify for the United States Olympic Trials.
Three spots are currently available for the Mixed Doubles Curling Olympic Trials, which are scheduled for December 13-17, 2017 in Blaine, Minn. With the victory, Dropkin/Sinclair are eligible to be selected for the Trials by the U.S. Curling Committee.
"Our focus was on solidifying our mechanics and communication before the trials," said Dropkin, who has never been to the Olympics. "And it ended up working out for us. It was a good win this weekend."
Both Dropkin and Sinclair lost last week in Omaha, Neb. in the Men's and Women's Olympic Curling Trials. While it hurt at the time, the team rebounded a week later to keep their Olympic hopes alive.
"Definitely a confidence booster," said Dropkin, who has never been to the Olympics. "Just knowing that we got it still. Being able to come out and focus on taking it one step at a time and getting the wins.
The final three spots for the Mixed Doubles Curling Olympic Trials will be announced on Tuesday.