China name a mix of youth and experience for Omaha
China send a strong line-up to Nebraska for the second leg
The China Curling Association has named a strong line-up to compete in Omaha for the second leg of the Curling World Cup next month.
Team Zou Ziang have been selected to fly the flag for China in the men’s event in the Nebraskan city from 5-9 December. They head into the event in good form after winning a silver medal at the recent Pacific-Asia Championships in South Korea.
The rink are skipped by 27-year-old Zou Ziang with vice-skip Wang Zhiyu, second Shao Zhilin and lead Xu Jingtao making up the team.
It will be the second time the Chinese rink have travelled to American shores this season after competing at the NBC’s Curling Night in America in August and they will get a chance to avenge their losses against Team John Shuster as they have been selected in the same group.
At this month’s Pacific-Asia Championships, Team Ziang went into the final with a nine wins zero losses record before being defeated 9-7 by fellow Curling World Cup rink, Japan’s Team Yuta Matsurmura.
Dexin Ba and Wang Riu have been named as China’s representatives in the mixed doubles event and will be seeking a spot in the Grand Final in front of a home crowd in Beijing next May.
The pair won silver at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in 2016 and returned a year later to claim a bronze medal. They also represented China in the mixed doubles at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang earlier this year.
It will be a second chance for Dexin Ba to experience the Curling World Cup stage after the 28-year-old took part in the men’s event as part of Team Zang Jialiang – a rink that took the scalp of world champions Team Niklas Edin in Suzhou.
They will join an elite field of mixed doubles rinks in Omaha, which includes numerous Olympic and world champions.
A relatively new team has been elected to represent China in the women’s event with Team Yang Ying taking to the ice. The rink are skipped by Yang Ying, who also competed at the Curling Night in America in the mixed doubles in August and, up until last season, played lead for Team Jie Mei.
Sun Chengyu, who was part of the Chinese team that won the ‘B’ event at the World Junior Curling Championships, is the team’s lead with vice-skip He Ying and second Meng Xu completing the line-up.