2012 USA-Brazil Challenge

The 2012 USA-Brazil Challenge was to be a curling challenge taking place from January 27 to 29 at the Bemidji Curling Club in Bemidji, Minnesota.[1] The challenge round would have determined which nation would qualify to the last Americas Zone spot at the 2012 Capital One World Men's Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

2012 USA-Brazil Challenge
Host cityBemidji, Minnesota
ArenaBemidji Curling Club
DatesJanuary 27–29

On January 10, the Brazilian team announced that they had withdrawn their challenge to the USA. The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation said in a statement, "It is with great regret that we have to withdraw from the America's Challenge. As a result of recently losing our team coach, the team feels they are not playing well enough to constitute a proper and fit challenge to Team USA for the last remaining place at the 2012 World Men's Championship."[2]


The World Curling Federation allots two spots at the World Men's Curling Championship to the Americas Zone, which are normally taken by Canada and the United States. However, the World Curling Federation allows for other member nations in the Americas Zone (i.e. Brazil) to challenge Canada and/or the United States for berths to the World Championships. As Canada is the defending champion at the World Championships, Canada receive an automatic berth to the 2012 World Championships. Thus, Brazil is allowed to challenge the United States for a berth to the 2012 World Championships. This is Brazil's third challenge of the United States, after challenges in 2009 and 2010 proved to be unsuccessful.[1]

The Brazilian team was training at the Lennoxville Curling Club in Quebec in preparation for the challenge.[1]


The teams that were scheduled to compete are listed as follows:[1]

 United StatesPete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan BruntBemidji Curling Club, Bemidji
 BrazilLuis Silva, Celso Kossaka, Marcelo Mello, Cesar Santos, Filipe NunesLennoxville Curling Club, Sherbrooke

*The positions for the Brazilian team were to be announced.


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