Curling mourns the loss of junior US curler

The world of curling is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Elizabeth Busche. The junior US curler from Duluth, Minnesota, died of a rare cancer on Thursday 3 May at the age of 19.

The Federation extends its sincerest condolences to Elizabeth’s family and friends and shares in their grief over this devastating loss.

Elizabeth was the third player and Vice-Skip on the US junior women’s team who participated in the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden in March earlier this year. Elizabeth was one of the outstanding players in the Championship, having earned the right to represent the USA after winning the Junior National Championships with her team in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier in the year.

Having curled for over 11 years since the age of eight, Elizabeth was passionate about our sport from a young age. Known for her love of the game, Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and energy inspired many others.

She was a role model to peers and youngsters, epitomising the true spirit of our game every time she took to the ice. She was loved by those she played with, those she played against and everyone she met in our sport.

Our thoughts, and those of the wider curling family, are with Elizabeth’s family and those who were close to her at this sad time. Her contribution to our sport will always be remembered.

Kate Caithness
President of the World Curling Federation

Perth, Scotland

12 May 2012