Goriachev and Komarova hail 'dynamic' Curling World Cup format
Russian duo praise Curling World Cup rule changes
Daniil Goriachev and Maria Komarova are excited to see how the changes in format play out when they represent Russia in the mixed doubles at the Curling World Cup opening leg in Suzhou, China.
All four legs of the inaugural series will feature a one-stone shootout if a game finishes in a tie, as well as coaches being positioned at ice level, allowing them to interact with their athletes between ends.
Thinking time has also been altered, with two minutes 50 seconds available during the first four ends of the mixed doubles and then three minutes for ends five to eight.
The Russian duo – who won silver medals in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Sweden earlier this year – felt that the alterations in format would add excitement to the competition.
Goriachev said: "I think the change in thinking time will make the game look more dynamic. Having coaches on the ice is also a great idea and I really hope this innovation will be introduced to other tournaments."
Komarova added: "I think that the one-stone shootout is an interesting addition, especially for the spectators, but it means additional pressure for the players.
"I also think coaches on the ice is a good addition, but it won’t change a lot. We will have more complete discussions after the game.”
The competition will also be the first to allow teams to represent their country while earning prize money, with up to $165,000 to play for in each of the first three events, before an increase to $280,000 in the Grand Final.
Goriachev and Komarova both highlighted the responsibility and pride of competing in Russian colours.
Goriachev said: "I am really glad and proud to be representing my country at a competition of such a high level.
"The prize money gives you an additional motivation, but in my opinion it doesn’t change a lot in terms of dynamics of a tournament."
Komarova added: "It’s a great honour and responsibility for me to represent my country at the Curling World Cup. I am really looking forward to the trip to Suzhou, as I have never been there before.
"We will do our best and will try to show high-level curling, because the goal is to get into the final in Beijing.
"We have participated in tournaments with prize money before and though it's not all about the money, it is certainly a nice bonus in the end!"