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Cassandra Potter
Born (1981-10-30) October 30, 1981 (age 41)
Skip Cassandra Potter
Third Jackie Lemke
Second Sophie Bader
Lead Steph Bohan
World Championship
1 (2005)
1 (2006)
Medal record
Representing  United States
World Curling Championships
Silver 2005 Paisley Team
World Junior Curling Championships
Gold 2002 Kelowna
Silver 2003 Flims
United States Women's Curling Championship
Gold 2005 Madison
Silver 2012 Philadelphia
Bronze 2011 Fargo
Bronze 2014 Philadelphia
Bronze 2017 Everett
United States Olympic Curling Trials
Gold 2005 Madison Team
Bronze 2001 Ogden Team

Cassandra "Cassie" Potter (née Johnson) (born October 30, 1981) is an American curler best known for skipping the United States Women's Curling Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005 Women's World Curling Championships. Her sister is fellow curler and long-time teammate Jamie Haskell.


Early career

Potter was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, a curling hotbed. She began playing the game at age 5, and honed the strategic elements of her game by watching Canadian curling competitions on television. After playing as an alternate at the 1998 World Junior Curling Championships for the 5th-place U.S. team skipped (captained) by Hope Schmitt, Cassandra returned to the Junior Championships in 2002, this time as the skip of the team; she and her United States squad went on to capture the gold medal with a win over Matilda Mattsson of Sweden. In 2003, Cassie returned once again to the World Junior Championships, and once again made it to the final. However, this time she lost, with Marliese Miller of Canada winning the gold.


In 2005, Johnson competed in the U.S. 2006 Olympic Trials/National Championships, which she won, thus gaining the right to represent the USA at both the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005 World Women's Curling Championship. At the 2005 World Championships, she again won a silver medal, this time losing to Anette Norberg's Swedish rink in the final. For her efforts, Cassie was named USA Curling's Female Athlete of the Year in 2005. Cassie made a difficult, pressure-packed shot in the 11th end of the final match of the 2006 Olympic Trials to qualify for the Turin Games.

Johnson's Winter Olympics experience was a difficult one, though, as she and her United States team lost five of their first six matches en route to a mediocre 2–7 record in the round-robin stage of the tournament. Immediately after the 2006 Olympics, a re-arrangement occurred on the team's roster for the 2006 U.S. World Team Trials. Johnson became the team's alternate, while Jessica Schultz skipped the team. At the trials, the team finished in fourth place, losing the 3–4 page game to Margie Smith. The team went back to their Olympic lineup for later events, however.

Upon their semifinal win at the 2012 United States Women's Curling Championship, Potter and her team were qualified to participate at the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials.

Personal life

Potter became engaged the week after the 2006 Winter Olympics ended, and was married in 2007. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in graphic design. She enjoys fishing and listening to music when she's not curling, and is a big fan of the Minnesota Twins. When she was 12, Potter was diagnosed with a heart murmur due to a congenital heart defect in her tricuspid valve, but the condition is not severe and does not interfere with her daily life.

Potter's biography page at NBC's Winter Olympics website was among the most-viewed of any U.S. athlete, and she received countless marriage proposals from men all over the world at the U.S. Women's Curling Team's official blog, which crashed early in the Games after receiving 12.9 million hits in one day.

Potter comes from a curling family; she played together with older sister Jamie for many years, her parents Liz and Tim have won the U.S. Mixed Curling Championships four times, and her grandparents and great-grandparents were curlers as well. Her father Tim is also a two-time Men's National Champion and 1993 World bronze medalist.



Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Coach Events
1995–96 Stacey Liapis Jamie Johnson Cassandra Johnson Tina Kelly 1996 USJCC (SF)
1997–98 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Tina Kelly Kristy Matson 1998 USJCC 2
Hope Schmitt Nikki Baird Katlyn Schmitt Teresa Bahr Cassandra Johnson 1998 WJCC (5th)
1998–99 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Tina Kelly Kristy Matson Liz Johnson 1999 USJCC (SF)
1999–00 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Tina Kelly Kristy Matson Liz Johnson 2000 USJCC (SF)
2000–01 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Tina Kelly Kristy Matson Jim Dexter 2001 USJCC 2
2001–02 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Hope Schmitt Teresa Bahr Oberstein 2001 USOCT 3
2002 USWCC (SF)
Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Katie Beck Maureen Brunt Courtney George
Jim Dexter 2002 USJCC 1
2002 WJCC 1
2002–03 Cassandra Johnson Katie Beck Rebecca Dobie Maureen Brunt Courtney George
Jamie Johnson (USJCC)
Neil Doese (WJCC)
2003 USJCC 1
2003 WJCC 2
Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Katie Beck Maureen Brunt 2003 USWCC (SF)
2003–04 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Katie Beck Maureen Brunt Neil Doese 2004 USWCC (SF)
2004–05 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Jessica Schultz Maureen Brunt Courtney George
Neil Doese
2005 WWCC 2
2005–06 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Johnson Jessica Schultz Maureen Brunt Courtney George Neil Doese 2006 OG (8th)
2006–07 Cassandra Johnson Jamie Haskell Jessica Schultz Maureen Brunt 2007 USWCC 2
2007–08 Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Jessica Schultz Maureen Brunt Jackie Lemke Jim Dexter 2008 USWCC (4th)
2008–09 Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Laura Roessler Jackie Lemke 2009 USWCC/USOCT (6th)
2010–11 Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Maureen Stolt Stephanie Sambor 2011 USWCC 3
2011–12 Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Jackie Lemke Stephanie Sambor 2012 USWCC 2
2013–14 Cassandra Potter Jamie Haskell Jackie Lemke Stephanie Sambor 2013 USOCT (3rd)
2014 USWCC 3
2016–17 Cassandra Potter Jackie Lemke Sophie Bader Stephanie Bohan 2017 USWCC 3
2019–20 Cassandra Potter Courtney George Jackie Lemke Jordan Moulton Sophie Bader 2020 USWCC (4th)

Mixed doubles

Season Female Male Events
2008–09 Cassandra Potter Corrie Potter 2009 USMDCC (DNQ)


  • Frances Brodie Award: 2005
  • USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year: 2005
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2005, 2002
  • WJCC All-Star Skip: 2002
  • Winner, Curtis Cup (team sportsmanship award) at U.S. Junior Nationals in 1999 and 2000

See also

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