FSCC HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY NAMED AS THE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR USA CURLING.
New curlers and competitive curlers alike can enjoy the new training tools within the facility.
Press release here:
For Immediate Release July 18, 2014
Contact: Regan Mizuno, Director of Communications
Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena
Ph: 763-780-3328 x. 18
USA Curling Announces Four Seasons Curling Club at Blaine as National Training Center
Athletes coming to Four Seasons Curling Club in first ever High Performance Combine
The Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn. is the official Training Center for USA Curling.
Four Seasons’ Director of Curling Operations and USA Curling National Coach John Benton says, “We are very happy to be so critically involved with the governing body for curling.” Benton is a 2010 Olympian.
The decision is a collaborative effort between USA Curling, including Rick Patzke, Chief Operating Officer, Derek Brown, Director of High Performance, John Benton, and the Board of Directors of Fogerty Arena. Partnering with the year-round curling facility in Minnesota is a strategic step in the evolvement of the High Performance Program. It will provide an opportunity for USA Curling’s athletes and staff to work closely together as they strive toward their goals for success on the international scene, according to Brown. Four Seasons was selected because it is centrally located, and has year-round, world class ice.
FSCC ice-maker Todd Birr, skip of the 2007 World Bronze medalist Team USA, is perfecting the ice for the first ever USA Curling High Performance curling combine: “We are looking forward to seeing even more of our U.S. athletes in the near future and in years to come.”
The Four Seasons Curling Club (FSCC) will provide USA Curling dedicated ice time for their national and Olympic athletes and coaches. FSCC will be hosting USA Curling Camps, High Performance Program team training sessions, and media events. The Fogerty Arena dry-land training center will also be available to help implement USA Curling’s training regimen.
USA Curling will host two National Championship events per year at the FSCC, and will also be joining FSCC in promotional events for the 2018 NFL Super Bowl.
Says Benton, “We’ll be hosting many camps and events for these teams over the next four years. By providing them a year-round place to train, we are making a huge impact in their chances for success at the world level”.
FSCC Communications Director, Regan Mizuno, adds: “We welcome these athletes and USA Curling with open arms to help them as much as we possibly can to reach their goals. It’s extremely exciting.”
“The national training center partnership with Four Seasons Curling Club and Fogerty Arena comes at a strategic juncture in the continued evolution of USA Curling’s High Performance Program,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling COO. “The athletes, coaches and staff dedicating themselves to being the best in the world deserve a first-class, year-round training site like this facility in the very sports-minded community around Blaine. It is also fitting that the first official national training center for USA Curling is in close proximity to where so many world and Olympic curling competitors have come from.”
USA Curling's High Performance Program Combine will be held July 19-23 at the FSCC with 48 invited athletes participating and being assessed on technical, tactical, physical and mental skills both on and off the ice. The combine is part of the evaluation process being used to select up to 30 athletes for the 2014-15 USA Curling High Performance Program (HPP). Beginning this season, athletes are being selected for and invited into the program on an individual basis, a change from years past when full and mostly self-formed teams made up the program. All athletes accepted into the program for the coming season will attend a mandatory training camp Aug. 23-29 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Please sign up as soon as possible for Summer League 2nd session. Deadline is August 18th for second session, which runs August 24-September 29. There will be Novice Leagues Sunday and Tuesday, and Recreational Leagues Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with all leagues running 7:00pm-9:00pm at a cost of $65 plus tax for the five-week session.