Baxter Arena – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling were held Nov. 11–18 at UNO's Baxter Arena. The competition served as the sole qualifier for curlers on the U.S. Olympic Team for the winter games in PyeongChang.
Curling fans from all over the country came to Omaha to cheer on their favorite athletes.
Earlier in 2017, UNO was also host to a taping of "Curling Night in America."
Here's what happens when the road to the Olympics runs through Omaha:
Nebraska, we have a problem. pic.twitter.com/sQFuk21p0D— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) February 8, 2018
Prior to record-breaking attendance at the trials, Rick Patzke, USA Curling Chief Executive Officer said that “Omaha beckons, and we invite all sports fans to join us in the city that never coasts to cheer on the athletes who will be proudly wearing the stars and stripes in pursuit of Olympic glory."
UNO was proud to be the education sponsor of the Olympic Team Trials for Curling.
During the trials, many Mavericks had the opportunity to assist with the promotion and production of the event. This included covering the trials for written and digital publications, assisting with filming of livestream broadcasts, taking photos, and much more.
The Daily Pebble Newsletter
In partnership with the Omaha World-Herald, a daily event newsletter called The Daily Pebble was available at the venue and online throughout the weeklong competition.
The following UNO student journalists wrote for the publication:
- Cassandra Jahn
- Olivia McLeain
- Amy Nielsen
- Daylee Olson
- Callie Zeorian
"Student Adds Trials To Photography Portfolio"
UNO student Brad Collett wrote about his experience photographing the opening ceremonies of the trials, and other unique opportunities he has experienced as a Maverick. Read more.
Social Media Reactions
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling at Baxter Arena were a popular topic of social media conversation, both in Omaha and across the country. As sessions advanced, curling fans grew more and more excited for the naming of Team USA.