The Mankato Curling Club is one of the oldest curling clubs in the state, boasting more than 113 years of competitive action. For the first time since its founding in 1903, the club was unable to provide home ice for the 2014-2015 season.
Ice plant failures have crippled a club that normally serves approximately 200 adult members and a successful Junior Program with as many as a 100 youth participating. Along with leagues and spiels, the Mankato Curling Club is used by many groups, clubs, schools, organizations and individuals who rent the club to learn to curl, team building events, and school physical education programs.
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Caiti Flannery, a Mankato West sophomore, won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway as a member of Team USA’s mixed curling team. Team USA qualified for the playoff round by finishing with a record of 8-1 in round robin play. After defeating Norway in the first round of the playoffs in an extra end, Team USA advanced to face Russia in the semifinal round. The US team earned a trip to the gold medal game by defeating Russia 8-6 in the semifinal. The gold medal game was a match up between both pool winners, the US and Canada. Canada scored a big end early in the match and the US was never able to recover securing the silver medal in a 10-3 defeat. Team USA finished play with an overall record of 10 -2. The silver medal is the highest medal won by any Team USA at the Olympic curling level.