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Olympian comes home to Fairbanks

Vicky Persinger qualifies for the Winter Olympics
Vicky Persinger qualifies for the Winter Olympics
Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 6:56 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks saw five curlers try out to be Olympian’s, at the curling Olympic qualifiers.

One of which has triumphed and is now an Olympian for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

29 year old Vicky Persinger has just returned home to Fairbanks after competing at the qualifiers in the Netherlands. Persinger is a member of the Fairbanks Curling Club but was the sole member qualifying. She competed with Chris Ply’s from Duluth, Minnesota. ply’s has qualified once before to curl as an alternate in the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver, Canada. They will be competing in the mixed doubles curling event.

Persinger and Ply’s secured one of the two available spots after they defeated the competitors from Russia, winning 6 to 4. Australia secured the other open spot. China will be a competitor automatically seated as the host country of 2022′s Winter Olympics. The other seven teams were seated to compete after competing in the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Those countries are Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.

Persinger returned to Fairbanks on the evening of Friday the 10th greeted by friends, family and fans. This will be Persinger’s first time going to the Olympics unlike her her partner. Now she heads to Beijing, China for the Olympics, which begin on February second.

We’ll have more on this story as we follow its development.

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