Nina Roth 

Nina Roth 

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The United States have qualified for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in women's curling. On Sunday, the 2017 Women's World Curling Championships in Beijing, China came to a close and the United States were one of eight nations that had enough qualification points from their results at the last two Women's World Curling Championships. 

In Beijing this past week, the American team of Nina Roth of McFarland, Wisconsin, Tabitha Peterson of Burnsville, Minnesota, Aileen Geving of Duluth, Minnesota and Becca Hamilton of Madison, Wisconsin finished fifth in the 12 team event with a record of six wins and five losses. Their most impressive victory came on the opening day of the tournament on March 18 when they upset Sweden 10-8. The Swedish team skipped by Anna Hasselborg, has reached three semi-finals this season in grand slam events on the World Curling Tour. 

The United States will be joined at the Olympic Winter Games with South Korea, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden and Japan. The Japanese qualified for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang even though they did not qualify for the 2017 Women's World Curling Championships in Beijing. 

There will be a final Olympic qualification tournament that will take place from Dec. 5-10 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The teams involved in that tournament will be China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Norway. 

Team Canada, led by skip Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Ontario won the gold medal at the 2017 Women's World Curling Championship in Beijing. It was Canada's first gold medal at the Women's World Curling Championship since Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg won the title in 2008. In the final in Beijing, Canada beat Russia 8-3. In winning gold, Canada became the first team ever to go through the entire Women's World Curling Championship undefeated as she had a perfect record of 13 wins and zero losses. Scotland meanwhile, beat Sweden 6-4 to win the bronze medal.