Winter Games Athletes
Swisshelm is another experienced curler on a team aiming to become the first in U.S. women's history to win a medal at the Olympics. Her only other Olympic appearance fell just shy of the podium, losing the bronze-medal match to Canada in 2002. Swisshelm’s only international success came in 2003, when she helped a team skipped by Debbie McCormick win the gold medal by upsetting Canada in Winnipeg. Three members of that team are headed to Sochi _ Swisshelm, McCormick and alternate Allison Pottinger. Swisshelm, though, has been a force on the national level, winning five U.S. championships with the latest coming in 2013. She’s also won silver in seven others while claiming the bronze four times. She was a member of the team that lost the bronze medal to Canada in the 2013 world championships, and that experience may prove vital if she’s going to help this team to a medal. Swisshelm, the U.S. Female Curling Athlete of the Year in 2001, is expected to be the lead for Erika Brown’s team.