Vicky Persinger won’t be launching slap shots or battling for pucks in the corners Aug. 25 at the Polar Iceplex in Raleigh, North Carolina.
However, the Fairbanks native is joining nine other Team USA curlers, a group of National Hockey League players and members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team for USA Curling’s production of the sixth season of NBCSN’s “Curling Night in America.”
Names of the NHL and U.S. Olympic women’s hockey players were not announced Friday in a USA Curling news release. NBC commentators also are scheduled to participate on the ice in the event, which will feature three four-end games.
An end in curling is a segment of a game. An end is complete when each team has thrown all eight of its stones. Traditional curling rules will apply during the special event in Raleigh, but, according to the news release, there are expected to be some creative add-ins to bring a few hockey elements into the games.
The games are scheduled for 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. AKDT.
Other team USA curlers scheduled to compete are John Shuster, of Superior, Wisconsin; Chris Plys, John Landsteiner, Cory Christensen and Korey Dropkin, of Duluth, Minnesota; Matt Hamilton, of McFarland, Wisconsin; Jamie Sinclair, of Osgoode, Ontario; and Taylor Anderson and Sarah Anderson, of Minneapolis.
Persinger, 27, was part of first-place women’s teams at the USA Curling National Championships in 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, she was on the runner-up women’s squad at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and half of the third-place duo at the U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials.
The Lathrop High School graduate earned silver medals in the 2016 U.S. Mixed National Championships and this year’s U.S. Mixed Doubles National Championships.
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