Around The Rinks #6
The latest in the world of curling
With just two weeks until the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha, check out the latest happenings in the world of curling.
European’s heating up
Who can stop Team Niklas Edin right now? The current world champions have begun the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in perfect fashion with seven wins and zero losses.
The defending champions are aiming for a fifth straight European title and have already booked their place into the semi-finals with two round-robin matches still be played.
Team Edin’s compatriots Team Anna Hasselborg did not get off to the best of starts in Tallinn, Estonia, but an extra-end victory over fellow Omaha competitors, Team Alina Kovaleva, strengthened their play-off hopes.
There were contrasting starts for both Scottish rinks with defending champions, Team Eve Muirhead, struggling with defeats to Sweden, Czech Republic and Latvia, whilst Team Bruce Mouat have also secured a semi-final spot with just one defeat so far to Russia.
To keep up to date with all the latest in Tallinn, head to the World Curling Federation website.
Morris warms up with victory
John Morris, who will be teaming up with Kaylnn Park in Omaha, warmed up nicely for the second leg with a victory at the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles event in Manitoba over the weekend.
The two-time Olympic champion eased to victory alongside his regular partner Kaitlyn Lawes, defeating Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott 9-4 in the final.
"Both Kaitlyn and I were feeling great and just got a couple of breaks here and there, and that was the difference,” Morris told Portage Online. “We've been feeling good, that was the first time we've been on the ice since the Olympics."
Suzhou champions, Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres, reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by Sahaidak and Lott, while Chiwon Choi and Hyeri Jang – who will represent Korea at the Curling World Cup next month - had a tough time on the ice with just the one win in their four qualifying matches.
Bonspiel in Bern
Across the Atlantic there was more mixed doubles action in Bern, Switzerland, with three pairs who we’ll see in Omaha competing.
Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin beat Sweden’s Malin Wendel and Fabian Wingfors early on in the qualifiers, but the Swedes bounced back through the ‘B’ event and reached the semi-finals to face Olympic silver medallists Jenny Perret and Martin Rios.
It was the Swiss rink that prevailed though, but they could not quite make it past fellow countrymen Marlene Albrecht and Matt Wozniak in the final, losing 5-4.
United States sealed their place at next year’s World Men’s Curling Championship in Alberta, Canada with Team Rich Ruohonen ensuring a place for the Stars and Stripes.
Korey Dropkin, who will compete in two of the three legs at this year’s Curling World Cup, was the alternate for United States in his home state of Minnesota.
Good work this weekend @TeamPersinger. 🇺🇸 Thanks for having me along and securing our spot at Worlds! Bring that #ViolentlyFlaccid game with you to Eveleth in a couple weeks. ✌🏼 #TeamUSA https://t.co/OvbXF70sPL— Korey Dropkin (@kdropkin) November 18, 2018
There was no luck for Brazil as they failed to win a game for the sixth consecutive Americas Challenge tournament. However, history was made in Minnesota with Guyana ousting Brazil with the last stone to qualify for the World Qualification Event.
Asian action in Alberta
Whilst the Europeans are in full flow, China’s Team Yang Ying and Korea’s Team Minji Kim are competing at the Boundary Ford Curling Classic in Alberta, Canada this week.
The two rinks claimed medals at the recent Pacific-Asia Championships, with China picking up a bronze medal and Team Kim winning silver.
The tournament will be a chance for both teams to prepare for the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha, with a competitive field including Team Laura Walker and Team Robyn Silvernagle.
Soon, very soon, you will have the chance to get your hands on a signed Tabitha Peterson jersey that she wore in Suzhou while representing United States.
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