Ann Swisshelm

Ann Swisshelm (born March 9, 1968 in Middletown, Ohio) is a curler from Chicago. Swisshelm represented the United States in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She has also been known as Ann Swisshelm Silver.[1]

Ann Swisshelm
Other namesAnn Swisshelm Silver
Born (1968-03-09) March 9, 1968
Curling clubExmoor CC,
Highland Park, Illinois
SkipErika Brown
ThirdDebbie McCormick
SecondJessica Schultz
LeadAnn Swisshelm
AlternateSarah Anderson
World Championship
5 (1998, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2013)
2 (2002, 2014)


Swisshelm began curling at age ten at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago.[2]

She made her United States National Championship debut in 1995, where her team placed fifth. Since then she has competed in the National Championships 18 more times. Her team won the National title five times, in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2010, and 2013.[2]

At her first World Championships in 1998, Swisshelm and team finished in a three way tie for eighth.[3] In 2001 her team improved to a fifth-place finish and a 5 – 4 record.[4] Her best performance at the World Championships came with her third appearance in 2003. Team USA finished third in the round robin competition. In the semifinals they defeated Team Sweden (skipped by future Olympic Gold Medalist Anette Norberg) and advanced to take on Colleen Jones's Canadian team in the final. Playing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they defeated the Canadians and Swisshelm earned her first World Championship medal.[5] Swisshelm returned to the World Championships two more times, in 2010 and 2013, but failed to get a second medal.


In 2002 Ann Swisshelm competed at her first Olympic Games. Team United States placed third after the round robin competition with a 6 – 3 record. In the semifinals the United States lost to the eventual Silver medalists from Switzerland. In the Bronze Medal match they took on Kelley Law's team from Canada. The match ended with a 9 – 5 score with the Canadians taking the Bronze medal.[6] Swisshelm returned to the next two United States Olympic Trials after the 2002 Olympics only to finish second both times.[2]

Swisshelm and her team again qualified to participate at the United States Olympic Curling Trials in 2014,[7] finishing first in the round robin standings and defeating Allison Pottinger in a best-of-three series final to clinch the berth to the Olympics.[8] At the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Swisshelm's team finished last with a 1-8 record.[9]


  • 2001 & 2014 United States Olympic Committee Female Curler of the Year
  • 2003 & 2013 United States Olympic Committee Curling Team of the Year
  • 2001 Frances Brodie Award Winner – World Curling Federation Sportsmanship Award
  • 2008 Ann Brown Sportsmanship Award – U.S. Nationals

Personal life

Ann Swisshelm was born in Middletown, Ohio and currently resides in Downtown Chicago with her husband Sean Silver.[10] She graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.


2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

2003 Winnipeg World Championships

2010 Swift Current World Championships

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics


  2. "Ann Swisshelm". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  3. "Ford World Curling Championships 1998: Tournament details". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  4. "Ford World Curling Championships 2001: Tournament details". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  5. "Ford World Curling Championships 2003: Tournament details". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  6. "XIX. Olympic Winter Games 2002: Tournament details". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  7. "Field set for 2014 US Olympic Team Trials". USA Curling. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  8. "Erika Brown rink wins Olympic Team Trials". USA Curling. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  9. "XXII. Olympic Winter Games 2014: Tournament details". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
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