Road to Sochi: Move to Minnesota pays off for curler

EDINA, Minn. - Jessica Schultz is arguably one of the most popular physical therapists in the Twin Cities.

Helping people regain movement at a practice in Edina is just Schultz' day job. For the next three months, she'll be striving for a bigger goal.

Schultz is a member of the U.S. Women's curling team.

"It's been exciting to talk about it and just have the patients' support behind it, and just to see them get exciting about it gets me excited about it and living in the moment," said Schultz.

Schultz is a native of Alaska. She moved to Minnesota following a successful high school and junior career.

"I wanted to continue and grow and be more competitive," said Schultz. "So I moved after I graduated high school and just told my parents I'm moving to Minnesota."

The move paid off. Schultz made the 2006 team in Torino, Italy, but she failed to medal.

This time though, Schultz is on a far more experienced team, skipped by Erica Brown, who is back to the games for the first time in 16 years.

"It's great," said Schultz. "They know what it takes to get there and to work hard, and they have a lot of experience. And I'm learning as much as I can from them."

Schultz and her team are ranked No. 7 in the world, so she has a shot of getting a medal in Sochi.


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