US Curling Championships
The annual national curling championship in Unites States is the event which showcases the best curlers in the country. The event act as a qualifier for the World Curling Championships, which is held in three categories, men's, women's and mixed championships.
Ten teams compete for the national title and the winners along with the first runners-up qualify automatically for World Championships. The event also acts as the Olympic curling trial for Winter Olympics.
United States won the first World Curling Championship title in 1970 and has won 11 titles in all.
Here are the best images from the US Curling Championships 2012. Click on!
Curling stones are lined up prior to competition at the U.S. Curling Championships in Aston.