Area man’s niece on Olympic curling team

BEECHWOOD—The niece of a local resident is a member of the U.S. women’s curling team that will be competing in the Winter Olympics this month in PyeongChang, South Korea.
    Aileen Geving of Duluth is a member of Team Roth and plays the second position on her team. She has a degree in organizational management from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is a commercial lines client executive based in Duluth.
    She is the niece of Frank Jirik of Beechwood, who has been post commander of AMVETS Post 436 for the past seven years and is involved in other community programs.
    Team Roth qualified for the Olympics by finishing fifth at the 2017 women’s world championships in Beijing. The team won silver at the 2017 U.S. championships in Everett, Wash. This winter, the team placed at several events, including winning the championship at the CanadInns Curling Classic at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
    To help the team with substantial out-of-pocket expenses, contributions to Team Roth are encouraged and appreciated. Donations can be sent to Aileen Geving at 324 Hawkins St., Duluth MN 55811.
    The women’s round robin curling tournament starts Feb. 14, and the medal rounds are Feb. 24 and 25. Matches will be carried on NBC, NBCSN and other stations operated by NBC Universal. All Olympic events can be streamed live and on-demand at and the NBC Sports app; The team can also be followed on Facebook and at