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USA Curling’s top event will head to Cedar Rapids in 2021, marking the first time the Men’s and Women’s National Championships will take place in Iowa. The event will bring 200 athletes, coaches and officials to the city in partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Tourism Office, VenuWorks, and Cedar Rapids Curling.
When: Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2021
Where: ImOn Ice in Cedar Rapids
“We are thrilled to be the first host of this event in Iowa,” says Phil Burian, president of the Cedar Rapids Curling Club. “It will be a great way to help curling grow in the Eastern Iowa corridor as anticipation for the Beijing Olympics rises. We look forward to seeing the competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans in 2021.”
The weeklong national event features the top men’s and women’s teams in the country and helps determine Team USA for the subsequent World Championships. The 2021 World Women’s Championship will take place in Switzerland while the 2021 World Men’s Championship heads to Canada. The 2022 Curling Olympic Trials will take place Nov. 13-21, 2021, in Omaha, Neb.
Cedar Rapids Curling in Spokane
Six members of Cedar Rapids Curling traveled to Spokane, Wash., for the 2020 USA Curling National Championships. In addition to enjoying the competition, they spent time talking to competitors, officials, volunteers, and spectators about their experiences planning and running the event, as well as what they would like to see in future championship competitions.
A couple members also spoke with 12th End Sports Network for an on-air segment during a break in the action to promote the following year’s championships in Iowa.
We came away with great ideas for how to make the 2021 USA Curling National Championships the best in its history.