Forum staff reports, Published February 11 2011
Where are they now?: Fenson seeking world curling championshipThe name and the face are likely recognizable if you watched curling during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Pete Fenson was the skip for the men’s rink that represented the United States in those games and earned a bronze medal. That was the first Olympic medal the U.S. had ever won in curling.
“We were lucky enough to get to play a dozen games on national TV,” said Fenson, from Bemidji, Minn. “There are still people that still recognize me I guess would be the best way describe it.”
While Fenson didn’t make it to the 2010 Winter Games, his team remains one of the best in the U.S.
Fenson has earned six national championships, including the 2010 crown in Kalamazoo, Mich. Fenson will skip a team at the USA Curling National Championships that start Saturday at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
“We just kind of keep doing what we do and try to get better all the time,” said Fenson, who said he has maintained about the same curling schedule since the 2006 games.
Fenson, who has curled nearly 30 years, owns Dave’s Pizza, which has locations in Bemidji and Brainerd. He got his start in curling when he was 13 years old. His father, Bob Fenson, won a national curling championship in 1979.
Owning a business has helped Fenson remain at an elite level as a curler.
“It definitely gives me a little more flexibility,” Fenson said. “It definitely has it challenges because we all have to have a career; curling doesn’t support us. We have families and other things.”
Fenson has curled with two of the players on his team for at least seven seasons. Shawn Rojeski has been with Fenson for 13 years, while Joe Polo has been with the team for seven seasons.
“The three of us have been intact for quite a while,” Fenson said.
“It’s a little bit abnormal to have that many guys play together for that long. We credit our success partially to the fact that we have been together for a long time and we’re good friends and we know each other well.”
For all his accolades, Fenson has never won a world title. A win at this year’s nationals in Fargo would get him a step closer to that goal.
“One of the motivations is we are trying to win a world championship and we haven’t done it yet,” Fenson said.