Plys delivering a stone at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships
|Born||August 13, 1987|
|Curling club||Duluth CC, Duluth, Minnesota|
|3 (2009, 2018, 2019)|
Plys, who started to curl in 1998, used to curl with Aanders Brorson, Matt Perushek, and Matt Hamilton. He has been in six State Curling Championships, taking first in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Doing this allowed Plys to advance to the national level championships, the title in which he has won for four straight years (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009) (usacurl.org). He has made his way up the platform at the Junior Men's World Curling Championships. In 2006, Plys took 9th place in Jeonju, South Korea. The next year, in 2007, he took 5th place in Eveleth, Minnesota. And finally in 2008, Plys won the gold medal in Ostersund, Sweden (usacurl.org). Plys has also competed at the World University Games in 2007, in Pinerolo, Italy. He played second on the John Shuster team, and they won the gold. Plys currently holds the record for the most United States Junior National Championships by a skip (usacurl.org).
Plys was chosen to be the alternate on the 2010 US Olympic team and represented the United States at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. He was called in to skip the team (in place of John Shuster) during Draw 6 while the US team was still recovering from four losses in a row, and led the team to a 4-3 victory over France after a 10th end steal. Following the Olympics, Plys was drafted onto the Tyler George rink, where he threw third rocks (and sometimes fourth). The George rink finished as runners-up in the 2011 and 2013 national championships. In 2014, Plys moved to the third on the Heath McCormick rink, which placed second in both the 2017 Olympic Trials (to Shuster) and the 2018 national championships, as well as third in the 2014 and 2015 national championships. George, who had moved to the Shuster rink, then took a hiatus from curling after the Shuster rink won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Plys replaced him as third on that rink. The Shuster rink then won the 2019 national championships and represented the US at the 2019 World Men's Curling Championship.
- 2019 Continental Cup Media Guide: Team Shuster