10 September 2018

China relishing "highest level" experience in Suzhou

WCF / Michael Burns

Three Chinese rinks can't wait to lock horns with world's elite on home ice

The three Chinese teams are looking to gain experience against the “highest level” of opposition as Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre hosts curling’s greatest this week.

The respective skips for China’s men’s and women’s rinks, Zang Jialiang and Jiang Yilun, are excited about the prospect of battling it out against the top teams in the world.

Yilun (pictured above), who is from China’s winter sports capital Harbin, said: “It is very difficult for us to play with those top teams and to win the game. What’s more important is to do our best.

“We are a new team, it takes some time for us to adjust and get along with each other. We want to learn more experience.

“We can play with some top teams and learn more new tactical ideas from them. It’s also a good chance for our team to make progress from the World Cup.”

China will also be hosting the Grand Final next May in Beijing and the opportunity to represent their country in the capital is something Jialiang (below) wants to grasp.

The two-time Olympian said: “It would be a great honour for us to play in the Grand Final.

“It will be an encouragement for our hard work in the past, at the same time it will be a good opportunity to learn more experience.”

Those thoughts are echoed by Jiaxin Yu, who is teaming up with Wang Xiangkun in the mixed doubles: “We are going to try our best to play each game and fight for our country. To win a game will be difficult, but what’s more important is to learn and be yourself.”

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