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Feb. 8 Speaker: Olympic Curler John Benton

posted Feb 7, 2011, 6:31 PM by St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club
Olympic curler John Benton will speak Feb. 8.
 
Curling Highlights:
 
• Olympic Winter Games: 2010 (10th)
• World Championships: 2009 (5th)
• U.S. National Championships: 2009 (champion), 2007 (8th), 2006 (5th), 2005 (5th), 2004 (5th), 1997, 1998 (5th)
• U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Curling: 2009 (champion), 2005 (5th), 1998, 1992
• Minnesota State Junior Men's Championships: 1986, 1987 (champion), 1988, 1989, 1990
• Minnesota State Men's Championship: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
• Wisconsin State Men's Championship: 1997 (champion)
• U.S. Junior Nationals: 1987
• USCA Men's Second Chance: 2004 (qualified for Nationals), 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998 (qualified for Nationals)
 
About John Benton:
 
Curls out of: St. Paul Curling Club
 
Curling start: "I began curling with my family at age 6. Almost all of my 11 brothers and sisters have curled at one time or another."
 
What he enjoys most about curling: "My favorite aspect of the game is the 'team' concept. When four players learn to communicate and trust each other great things can happen."
 
Favorite curling memory: "One of my most memorable moments as a curler came in 1997. Winning a playoff game against Steve Brown and Paul Pustovar in the Wisconsin State Championship was unreal. But to have my father come to watch me play at Nationals in Seattle that year will always be very special to me. However, nothing can top the experience of playing in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Standing in front of 8000 screaming fans and playing the game that I so dearly love was the ultimate experience!"
 
Curling goals: "I hope to one day be a part of another team, as a player or a coach that represents our country at the world level. Winning the World Championship would be great, but Olympic Gold is the ultimate goal!”
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