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Born: Dec 17, 1951
in Chisholm, Minnesota
Resides: Hibbing, Minnesota
Throws: Right
Profession: Chartered Life Underwriter / Owner/Insurance Agent for Country Financial, Pustovar Insurance
High School: Chisholm High School
College/University: UW-Duluth / Mankato State University
In Own Words:
Curls out of: Hibbing Curling Club, Hibbing, Minn.[cr][lf][cr][lf]Along with playing the game for over four decades now, Paul has also instructed and coached many curlers along the way. He even developed a one-credit college curling course while teaching at Hibbing Community College. In 1979, Paul coached the Minnesota Junior men's State Champions into the Junior Nationals. He also coached a Minnesota women's team in two national championship competitions.[cr][lf][cr][lf]Paul is a certified Level II instructor and Level II coach.
Curling Highlights:
* U.S. National Championships: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 (6th), 2006 (7th), 2004 (quarterfinalist), 2003; 2002,2001,2000, 1999,1998,1997,1996,1995, 1994,1992 '91,'90, '84,'82 '80 and '77 (champion each year); 2000, '95, '92, and '82 (runner-up each year ); 2001, 1999, ’97, '96, '94, '90 and '87 (semifinalist each year)[cr][lf]* World Championships: 2007 (bronze as coach of Todd Birr team), 2002 (4th), 1998 (6th); 91 (4th), '84 (4th), '80 (4th), 1977 (bronze)[cr][lf]* U.S. Senior National Championships: 2010, 2009[cr][lf]* U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2001, 2010[cr][lf]* U.S. Mixed Nationals: 1985[cr][lf]* St. Paul Cashspiel: 2005, 2003 (champion both years)[cr][lf]* Duluth Cashspiel: 2005 (champion)[cr][lf]* Karuizawa International Bonspiel: 2003 (champion)[cr][lf]* Continental Cup: 2002 (champion)[cr][lf]* Movado Touring Trophy, Biel, Switzerland: 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999 (champion each year)[cr][lf]* U.S. and World Challenge Champion: 1989[cr][lf]* World Curling Championships All-Star Vice Skip: 1977[cr][lf]* U.S. Curling Association and U.S. Olympic Committee Male Curling Athlete of the Year: 2002, 1998. [cr][lf]World Senior Champion--2010 Chelyabinsk, Russia. Silver Medalist--World Seniors--2009--Dunedin, New Zealand.[cr][lf][cr][lf]The Philadelphia Nationals will be my 25th Nationals winning 5 National titles. [cr][lf]