Joe Polo

Joseph Polo (born December 10, 1982) is an American curler. Polo was raised in Floodwood, Minnesota before moving to Cass Lake. He learned to curl in nearby Bemidji at the age of 10 in the Bemidji Curling Club's Sunday Night Junior League. Polo participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics as the second for Pete Fenson's U.S. team. The team defeated David Murdoch's Great Britain rink to take the bronze medal. On January 16, 2007, the team was named the 2006 USOC Team of the Year.[1]

Joseph Polo
Born (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982
Team
Curling clubBemidji CC, Bemidji, Minnesota
SkipKorey Dropkin
ThirdThomas Howell
SecondMark Fenner
LeadAlex Fenson
AlternateJoe Polo
Career
World Championship
appearances
6 (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2016)
Olympic
appearances
2 (2006, 2018)

After participating at the 2010 Worlds and finishing in 4th place, Polo, Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, and Ryan Brunt went to the 2011 Continental Cup of Curling, where Team North America defeated Team World. The team then headed to the 2011 US Nationals, where, after finishing the round robin undefeated, the team won the gold medal at the nationals. They represented the United States at the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship in April at Regina, Saskatchewan, finishing with a 3-8 win-loss record at 10th after a series of close losses.

Polo was also member of an intramural Ultimate Frisbee team while he attended the University of North Dakota.

Personal life

Polo is employed as a project manager and is married.[2]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadAlternateEvents
2005–06Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloDoug Pottinger2006 Cont.
Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloJohn Shuster2006 USNCC, OG, WCC
2006–07Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloJohn Shuster
2009–10Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloTyler George2010 USNCC, WCC
2010–11Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan Brunt2011 Cont., USNCC, WCC
2011–12Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan Brunt2012 Cont., USNCC
2012–13Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan Brunt2013 USNCC
2013–14Pete FensonShawn RojeskiJoe PoloRyan Brunt2014 USNCC
2014–15Heath McCormickChris PlysJoe PoloColin HufmanRyan Brunt2015 USNCC
2015–16Chris Plys (fourth)Pete Fenson (skip)Joe PoloJason Smith2016 USNCC
2016-17Joe Polo*Tabitha Peterson**

*Throws rocks 1 and 5
**Throws rocks 2, 3, and 4

References

  1. USOC honors top U.S. athletes for 2006, http://www.usolympicteam.com/117_50738.htm
  2. 2017 Ford Worlds Media Guide: Team USA
  • Joe Polo on the World Curling Federation database
  • Joe Polo on the World Curling Tour database
  • Joe Polo on the CurlingZone database
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Joe Polo". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  • Official site of Team Fenson


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