(Irvine, California) - Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena will host the second major curling event in California as the city of Irvine is set to host the 2022 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials for Curling. The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games mark the second time that mixed doubles will be at the Olympics, and will feature a field size increased from eight competing countries to 10. The Mixed Doubles Team Trials will also offer a field of 10 teams of two competitors.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to host the 2022 U.S. Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling. We believe our building sets up very well for an event of this magnitude," said Art Trottier, Vice President of The Rinks, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena.
The trials will take place Feb. 28 - Mar. 6, 2021, and also serve as the 2021 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship. The winning team will go on to represent the U.S. at the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Championship and will be nominated to the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team for mixed doubles.
"We are thrilled to bring the Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials to California and believe this will further help grow the sport in the West," said Rich Lepping, Interim Chief Executive Officer for USA Curling. "The sport's best athletes will be competing to become members of the 2022 Olympic Team in mixed doubles and we can't wait to see how it unfolds."
The trials will take place at Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, a 280,000-square-foot multi-purpose ice facility featuring four ice rinks, pro shop, full-service restaurant, and seating for 2,500 in the FivePoint Arena.
The U.S. can begin earning qualification points for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games beginning at the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Championship in April of 2020. Information regarding how teams can qualify for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials for Curling are posted on the USA Curling website (usacurl.org).
About Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is one of the nation's largest public ice facilities, located at the Orange County Great Park. The facility is a part of a public-private partnership with the Irvine Ice Foundation. The $100 million, 280,000-square-foot facility has four sheets of ice and serves sports-related activities that include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and public open skating hours. FivePoint Arena has space to seat 2,500 spectators. The complex includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, training facilities, retail space, and concession space. Great Park Ice is an official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks.
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America's athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.