Anne O’Hara of Fairbanks is taking home some international curling hardware.
O’Hara, 19, was vice skip of the U.S. team that won a bronze medal at the World Junior Curling Championships in Jonkoping, Sweden.
The squad earned a spot in the semifinals following a 7-2 record in round-robin play. Team USA then lost to eventual champion Japan 7-4 after being tied 3-3 halfway through.
In the bronze-medal game against Norway — the top seed from round-robin play — the U.S. trailed 6-4 after three ends before scoring two in the eighth, ninth and 10th to earn a 10-6 victory.
In addition to O’Hara, who was born in Anchorage, the team was comprised of Delaney Strouse, from Midland, Mich., Sydney Mullaney, 21, of Concord, Mass., and Susan Dudt, of Malvern, Penn.
“It feels really amazing after a tough game last night to just really pull through today with the girls,” said Strouse in a USA Curling release. “We had a very strong week. It was definitely exciting to see our hard work finally pay off.”
O’Hara’s Fairbanks Curling Club teammate Kaitlyn Murphy was the squad’s alternate. Less than a month ago, O’Hara skipped a team representing the Fairbanks Curling Club to a bronze medal at the USA Curling Junior Women’s National Championship in Stevens Point, Wisc.
Anne O'Hara 🇺🇸 controls her throw marvellously to fractionally tap the back yellow and lie biting the button behind cover and with backing. 💪
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