Curling World Cup Grand Final - the best quotes
Read what curling’s elite performers had to say as their season – and the first year of the Curling World Cup – reached a spectacular conclusion in Beijing
The Grand Final marked Team Thomas Ulsrud’s last competitive outing and it seemed the legendary Norwegian skip was in a, erm, emotional state whilst in Beijing!
“Our wives arrive on Friday, hopefully they can bring us some good loving - we might win something then!”
Canada women’s second Shannon Birchard celebrated her birthday in style whilst in Beijing with a double cheesburger and a McFlurry from McDonald’s. Whether it was the sugar rush or birthday excitement, she didn’t appear to know whether she was coming or going!
“It’s been a really cool and awesome event. I’ve never been in Beijing before and it's so completely different to home. Hopefully we can keep coming back going forward.”
Meanwhile, Birchard’s skip, the iconic Jennifer Jones, felt her team’s gold medal made up for being a long way from home on a special day back in Canada.
“It was a great way to end the season. It was a little sad to be away on Mother’s Day, but this makes it feel a little better.”
At least mixed doubles gold medallists Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten got to spend time together while they were in Beijing – although it wasn’t always plain sailing!
“We’ve had a good couple of days trying to be nice to each other,” said Skaslien. “We’re getting married in August, so the prize money will probably cover a really nice honeymoon!”
She added: "To be in three finals in a row, and winning two of them, it has been an awesome season. From being a pretty good curler to winning titles – I don’t know what happened!”
For hosts China, Team Qiang Zou reaching the men’s final marked a big milestone in their progress. Their coach, Mike Harris, paid tribute.
“They played really great under pressure and have gained so much experience from all of this week. We just need to keep working on things, mainly strategically, which is actually good because you can teach that!”
Canadian men’s skip Matt Dunstone was blown away by Beijing, where he hopes to return in three years’ time to represent the Maple Leaf in the Winter Olympics.
“It’s strange to be in the place where the Olympics will be as you can see the city come together with buildings being taken down and the surrounding area getting ready. It's pretty cool.”
With summer now upon us, Canada’s mixed doubles finalist Kirk Muyres was pleased to have pocketed some holiday funds to tide him over until next season!
“Every time you can win a bit of money to pay bills and fund another tournament, it’s imperative for our growth and development. We don’t play for this kind of money anywhere else in the world so it’s really important for us to develop as a team.”