Fairview Senior Katie Murphy is headed to Lausanne, Switzerland to represent the United States in the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
Murphy, a 17-year old Senior, will join two teammates from Massachusetts and one from Wisconsin to form a 4-person team that will be the sole representation for the United States in the curling portion of the festivities in Lausanne. They will join a pool of teams from 24 countries worldwide vying for a medals in both Team Play and Mixed Doubles competition. The team will be coached by John Benton of Minnesota, a two-time Olympic Curler.
On many occasions over the course of three months last summer, the team met in Minnesota to practice for their qualifying tournament in Denver in October. In Denver, Murphy’s team won their side of a Regional Bracket to enter a 4-team National Tournament, with the winner earning the right to represent the United States on the international level. The team persevered through two difficult games, both going into overtime, to claim the National Gold Medal and advance to Switzerland.
Katie and her teammates will reside at an Olympic Village called “The Vortex” in Lausanne, Switzerland that was constructed specifically for the Youth Games. At the conclusion of the Games, this facility will become college dormitories. They will travel to Lausanne on January 6th and will return on January 23rd, with the Games officially taking place from January 9th – January 22nd. The Youth Olympic Games will be streamed on the Olympic Channel (full schedule linked below) and will feature over 300 hours of competition including 18 Curling games.
At Fairview, Katie has been very involved as a part of a number of athletic clubs and teams including Golf and Drill team in the Fall, Synchronettes in the Winter and Softball in the Spring. She began curling with her parents in 2011 at 9 years old at Mayfield Curling Club and has traveled the country competing throughout her high school years. Within her team in Lausanne, she will be the 3rd thrower, making her the Captain on the anchor (4th) throw. She is excited to now have the opportunity to take her talents to the world stage. Said Murphy, “It feels unbelievable to wear USA on my back and represent our country in front of the World. I am excited to make everyone from my hometown of Fairview proud.”
Youth Olympic Curling Schedule
Broadcast on Olympic Channel – Schedule below
January 9th – January 22nd
Opening Ceremonies – Jan 9th 1:50pm EST
Team Play (National Qualifying Teams) – Week 1
Pool Play – Jan 9th – Jan 14th
4 Pools of 6 teams each → Top 2 of each pool go to medal round
US Pool → Italy, Latvia, Japan, Czech Republic, Sweden
Quarterfinals/Semifinals – Jan 15th
Finals – Jan 16th
Mixed Doubles – Week 2
Paired with male athlete from another country based on performance in round 1.
Pool Play – (Based on team rank) – Jan 17th – Jan 21st
Semifinals/Finals – Jan 22nd
Closing Ceremonies – 12:50pm