Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton defeated Duluth, Minn. native Cory Christensen and Chisholm, Minn. native John Shuster 6-5 in the championship of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling on Sunday at Fogerty Arena.
The Hamilton siblings, who hail from McFarland, Wis., made history, becoming the first U.S. Olympians in mixed doubles.
Christensen-Shuster earned the top-seed of the playoffs with a 6-1 record in round-robin play, but fell to the Hamiltons 6-3 Saturday night. The Northland duo, however, bounced back with a 7-6 victory over Vicky Persinger and Hibbing, Minn. native Jared Zezel Sunday morning to earn a spot in the championship.
Christensen and Shuster, both already qualified in the team competition of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, trailed 2-0 after the second end. In the second half, however, Christensen made its move with a three-point takeout in the fifth end to take a 4-3 lead.
Team Hamilton responded with two points in the sixth and another in the seventh to hold down a 6-4 lead heading into the eighth end. Christensen had a chance to score three points with her final stone for the win, but the rock curled at the end to earn just one point.
Shuster, who now calls Superior, Wis. home, will make his fourth Olympics appearance as the skip for the men's team. Christensen, meanwhile, will compete in her first Olympics as the alternate for Nina Roth's women's team
Curling competitions in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will take place February 8-25 at the Gangneung Curler Centre.