Sochi Report, Alaska edition: Schultz has cool T-shirts; Wagner has cool attitude

bbragg@adn.comFebruary 17, 2014 

The American curlers, unlike most Olympic athletes, are true amateur athletes. After Sochi, Jessica Schultz will return to Minnesota, where she works full time as a physical therapist assistant.

The East High graduate also does some graphic design work. A curling T-shirt she designed -- with the slogan "Rock Life" -- is listed as a top seller at athleteoriginals.com, where you can buy apparel designed by athletes. (Another of her curling T-shirts says, "Get some stones.")

We share this information because Schultz will soon be heading back to her day job. The nightmare ended Monday for the U.S. women's curling team. A veritable all-star team of American curlers, the team ended a disastrous run at the Winter Olympics, finishing 10th in the 10-team round-robin tournament.

Schultz and her teammates finished 1-8 after conceding after the eighth end of their final game, 11-2 to Korea. It was a grim result for a team that finished fourth at last year's World Championships.

"It's not what we had hoped for," skip Erika Brown said. "We thought we'd come out and have a really great week and it didn't happen."

At 29, Schultz, a two-time Olympian from Anchorage, is by far the youngest player on the team, and if she makes a run at the 2018 Olympics, it will be with different teammates. Ann Swisshelm, 45, is retiring. Brown, 41, may do the same. Debbie McCormick is 40.

COVER GIRL LOOKS

Ashley Wagner, who became a figure skater as a little girl in Eagle River, is still getting attention for that photo that shows her unhappy response to her scores during the team competition last week in Sochi.

It's not the most flattering photo. Especially if, like Wagner, you are a CoverGirl -- that's right, she is one of the faces of the cosmetics company.

Wagner offers no apologies for her candid-camera moment.

"What you see is what you get," Wagner told reporters this week. "If I'm sad, I'm sad. If I'm happy, I'm happy. You will always get the true story with me. I haven't mastered the art of sitting and smiling."

One more reason why Sochi Report is happy to have Ashley on Team Asterisk -- our team of Olympians with Alaska connections.

GOING FOR 2018 GOLD

Five Alaska athletes recently received a training boost from Girdwood 2020. Each is getting a $1,000 grant from the group's Go for the Gold Program.

The grant recipients include figure skater Keegan Messing, alpine skier Kieffer Christianson and cross-country skiers Lex Treinen, Eric Packer and Kate Fitzgerald.

All of them are pursuing 2018 Olympic berths, and all of them have international experience on their resumes.

WHO'S ON DECK?

All times Alaska

Tuesday

Alpine skiing -- Women's giant slalom, second run, 1:30 a.m. (Anna Berecz)

Wednesday

Figure skating --Women's short program, 6 a.m. (Ashley Wagner)

Cross country -- Women's classic team sprint, 12:15 a.m. semifinals; 2:45 a.m. finals (TBD)

Cross country -- Men's classic team sprint, 1:06 a.m. semifinals, 3:15 a.m. finals (TBD)

Russian 101

Russians are still mad about the disallowed goal in Sunday's hockey shootout loss to the United States. On Monday, they protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, erecting a big banner with a picture of the American referee who made the call. Printed in giant letters was a chant often heard at sporting events in Russia; translated, it means "Turn the referee into soap!" The meaning: the referee is fit only to have his bones and body fat boiled down for soap.

Written and compiled by Daily News sports editor Beth Bragg, with contributions from wire services and Nathaniel Herz, who is in Sochi for fasterskier.com and the Daily News.

 

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