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Staff report, Published March 02 2009

Bemidji curler Natalie Nicholson earns spot on 2010 Oympics team

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidjian Natalie Nicholson will be on the women's curling team representing the United States in the 2010 Olympics.

Nicholson is on the Deb McCormick team, with a leader who has captured her fourth straight national curling title and qualified for her third Winter Olympics.

The team clinched the berth Saturday at the Olympic Team Trials at Broomfield, Colo.

McCormick, then Debbie Henry, played second on the Lisa Schoeneberg rink at the 1998 Olympics and was vice skip on Bemidji’s Kari Erickson rink with Erickson and her sister Stacy Liapis as key players.

McCormick lost in the finals of the 2006 Olympic Trials.

Nicole Joraanstad and Allison Pottinger complete the foursome, playing together for the fourth.

McCormick and Pottinger became teammates in 2003 and were joined by Nicholson and Joraanstad after the 2006 Olympics.

The foursome then went on to capture the past three national titles and advance to the World Championships.

McCormick won the world title in 2003 and bowed in the final in 2005 and 2006.