Winter Games Athletes
Brown and his family are synonymous with curling, dubbed "The First Family of Curling in the United States." Brown is headed to his first Olympics as an alternate, joining sister Erika Brown, who is the skip of the women's team at Sochi. His father _ Steve Brown _ coached the 1988 women's Olympic team, which included his mother _ Diane Brown _ and Erika, who was 15 years old at the time. Despite the staggering family lineage through the sport, Craig Brown's success at the international level has been fleeting. He's reached the world championships three times, finishing eighth as an alternate in 2012 after coming in seventh in ’08. His best finish came in 2000, when the team he skipped lost the bronze-medal match to Finland. That year, he was named U.S. Curling Male Athlete of the Year, but his successes since have remained on the national level. Brown won the 2008 U.S. championship and followed with a bronze medal a year later. However, he hasn't returned to the podium in four tournaments since.