Around The Rinks #7
The latest in the world of curling
With just a week until the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha, check out the latest happenings in the world of curling.
Maiden titles for Mouat and Hasselborg
It was a Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships of firsts as Scotland’s Team Bruce Mouat and Sweden’s Team Anna Hasselborg – who are both competing in Omaha – secured their maiden European titles in Tallinn, Estonia last week.
Team Mouat gained revenge on Team Niklas Edin after their defeat in the round-robin stage to topple the six-time champions 9-5 in the final and win the title at their first attempt .
It was extra special for lead Hammy McMillan Jr and vice-skip Grant Hardie, who replicated their father and uncle respectively by winning European gold – something Hammy McMillan Snr achieved on five occasions.
Team Hasselborg gave the Swedish fans something to smile about, however, after clinching their maiden European title on their fourth attempt. The Olympic champions defeated Team Silvana Tirinzoni – who had not lost a match all week at the Tondiraba Ice Hall – in the final 5-4.
Elsewhere at the Championships, Kristin Skaslien’s rink were promoted to the ‘B division’ after a terrific week in Tallinn, Estonia. The Norwegian skip, who will team up with Magnus Nedregotten in the mixed doubles in Omaha next week, led her country to European’s elite next season after defeating hosts Estonia 7-6 in the final.
Kim continues form ahead of Omaha
Korea’s Team Minji Kim claimed gold at the Pacific-Asia Championships earlier this month and continued their good form on the ice, reaching the quarter-finals at the Boundary Ford Curling Classic in Alberta.
The rink picked up wins over Team Chantele Broderson, Team Irene Schori and Team Adele Kezema across the four-day tournament and will now begin their Curling World Cup preparations.
Polo and Peterson get ready for home tie
It was a case of ‘close, but no cigar’ for Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo in Duluth, Minnesota, over the weekend as they came up short against compatriots Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys in the Twin Ports Mixed Doubles Classic final.
Persinger and Plys – who will represent United States in Jonkoping and Omaha respectively – defeated the duo 8-4. Plys will now join up with Team John Shuster ahead of the second leg next week.
Last stop, Poland
The grind does not stop for Kristin Skaslien. Fresh from securing her country’s position in the ‘A division’ next year, the 29-year-old will get some mixed doubles practice in Poland before jetting off to Omaha for the second stage of the Curling World Cup.
Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin will join them in the city of Lodz and an Omaha dress rehearsal could take place, with both rinks drawn in the same group for next week’s second leg.
Curling World Cup next week!
We’re eight days away from the second leg and with all the teams now confirmed, the build-up is intensifying. There will be multiple Olympic champions, current and former world and European champions and Pacific-Asia gold medallists on show and the best part is...YOU can be there.
Go and grab tickets to witness the crème de la crème of curling in action at the Ralston Arena.
How do you prepare for a Curling World Cup on home ice? Head to U.S. Bank Stadium and watch a game of American Football between Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, of course!
That’s what Minnesotans, Team John Shuster (minus Packers fan Matt Hamilton), did over the weekend and Matt might do a good job to avoid the rest of his rink until Omaha as the Vikings won 24-17 – much to Shuster’s delight.