Kari Erickson

Kari Erickson (born December 18, 1971 in Bemidji, Minnesota as Kari Liapis[1]) is an American curler and Olympian.

Kari Erickson
Born (1971-12-18) December 18, 1971
World Championship
2 (1998, 2001)
1 (2002)


Erickson started curling in 1988 and had a successful Junior's career, winning the Minnesota State Junior Championship five years in a row, 1989-1993. Three of those years she went on to win the United States Junior Championship (1990, 1992, 1993). Winning the US Championship allowed her to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships, at which she finished 5th, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.[2]

In 1994 Erickson made her first appearance at the United States Women's Championship, making it to the semifinals. After a few year gap she returned to the National Championship 5 more times in a 6 year span: 1997 (2nd), 1998 (1st), 1999, 2001 (1st), 2002 (2nd).[2] As US Champion in 1998 and 2001 she represented the United States at the World Women's Championships, finishing 7th in 1998 and 5th in 2001.[3]

She has twice competed at the US Olympic Trials, finishing 3rd in 1998 and 1st in 2001. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City the Erickson team had a 6-3 at the end of the round robin. The United States team lost to Switzerland in the semifinals and Canada in the bronze medal match to finish 4th.[4][5] Erickson's Olympic team included her sister Stacey Liapis at second and her dad Mike Liapis as coach.[6]


1998 World Women's Curling Championship[7]

2001 World Women's Curling Championship,[8] 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games[5]

Personal life

Erickson is the sister of Stacey Liapis. She is married to Darren Erickson and has two children.[2]


  1. "Kari Erickson Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. "Kari Erickson". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. "Personal details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  4. "Kari Erickson". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  5. "XIX. Olympic Winter Games 2002 - Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  6. February 20, Michael Dobie; Pm, 2002 7:00. "OLYMPICS PLUS / SPOTLIGHT ON.... Kari Erickson - Curling". Newsday. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  7. "Ford World Curling Championships 1998 - Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  8. "Ford World Curling Championships 2001 - Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
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