Ann Swisshelm

Born: Mar 9, 1968
in Middletown, Ohio
Resides: Chicago, Illinois
Throws: Right
College/University: Drake University, Des Moines, IA
In Own Words:
I started curling at the age of 10, when my mom and dad needed some peace on Sunday afternoons during the winter. My brother and I were enrolled in the Junior Curling Program at Exmoor Country Club. Except for a brief time out for college, I have played ever since.[cr][lf][cr][lf]My mom is a retired curler who hated sweeping. My dad still dreams of skipping, but settles for a mixed event once a year with me. My brother, Bill, lives in Seoul, South Korea, where he teaches English, writes, works for the World Cup, is working on a philanthropic endeavor and is thinking about curling again.[cr][lf][cr][lf]I live with my husband, Sean Silver, in a townhouse in downtown Chicago. We have a cat named Einstein. Like many competitive curlers, I struggle with the training-competing-volunteering-working and living-balancing act. Luckily for me, Sean is a competitive curler as well as a wonderful partner.
Curling Highlights:
* U.S. Olympic Team - Curling: 2002 (4th)[cr][lf]* Women's World Curling Championship: 2003 (gold medalist), 2001 (5th), 1998 (8th)[cr][lf]* U.S. National Championships: 2008 (runner-up), 2007 (bronze), 2006 (runner-up), 2005 (runner-up), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion), 2002 (runner-up), 2001 (champion), 1998 (champion); 2000, 1999, '96 (semifinalist each year); 1997 (runner-up); 1995 (5th)[cr][lf]* Southwest Ontario Woman's Cashspiel (London, Ontario) Champion: 2002[cr][lf]* 2001 Frances Brodie Award winner (World Curling Federation sportsmanship award)[cr][lf]* U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2006 (2nd), 2002 (1st), 1998 (3rd)[cr][lf]* U.S. Mixed National Championship: 2001 [cr][lf]* U.S. Curling Association and U.S. Olympic Committee Female Curler of the Year: 2001[cr][lf]* United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month: April 2003[cr][lf]* USCA Team of the Year: 2003[cr][lf]* Ann Brown Sportsmanship Award (U.S. Nationals): 2008

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World Curling Federation Considering Move to 8-ends

World Curling Federation Considering Move to 8-ends

(Photo: WCF / Peter Harsanyi) The length of curling games and the potential impact of shortening games - predominantly by reducing the number of ends from ten to eight - will be a vital topic of discussion at the upcoming World Curling Congress and Annual General Assembly in held September 4-6 in Cancun, Mexico.

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