ST. PAUL, Minn. - As an alternate on the U.S. women's curling team, Allison Pottinger of Eden Prairie knows she might never throw a rock in Russia.

And that's OK with her.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports from Sochi, Russia that Pottinger isn't expecting to play. She'll be activated if there's an injury or illness, but she says she doesn't want to disrupt the team's chemistry.

Instead she says she's offering support and scouting the competition to see what they're doing.

U.S. women curlers are still seeking their first medal in the program's fourth Olympics.

Erika Brown of Madison, Wis., is the team's skip. The other team members are Jessica Schultz of Richfield, Minn., Debbie McCormick of Rio, Wis., and Ann Swisshelm of Chicago.

Team U.S.A. opens round-robin competition Monday against Switzerland.

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