Hosts announce teams to play in Suzhou
China will have three rinks competing in the inaugural Curling World Cup
Hosts China have announced the teams that represent them in front of a home crowd in Suzhou for the first leg of the Curling World Cup.
Liu Sijia will skip the women’s team on home ice, alongside vice-skip and fourth Jiang Yilun. Ziqi Dong will play second with Xindi Jiang the team’s lead.
The women’s rink is coached by Carolyn McRorie, who knows all about the pressure of competing in front on a home crowd. McRorie was part of the Canadian team that captured Olympic silver in Vancouver 2010.
With the new rules in place at the Curling World Cup, McRorie will be able to interact with the team at ice level during all four legs of the competition, beginning on 12 September at Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre.
China will also be represented by Jiaxin Yu and Xiangkun Wang in the mixed doubles. The duo are coached by Liu Yin, who was part of the Chinese women’s team that won gold at the 2009 World Championships and an Olympic bronze medal at Vancouver 2010.
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For the Chinese rinks, the Curling World Cup marks the start of the four-year cycle leading up to their home Games at Beijing 2022.
The men’s rink will be skipped by Jialiang Zang in Suzhou, while the team’s vice-skip is Ba Dexin. Dexin has represented China at two Olympic Games and won two medals at the World Mixed Doubles Championships. The lead and second for China are Jinbo Wang and Yanlong Ma.
All three teams are led by Lei Yi, who is the deputy head of the Curling Department of the Winter Sports Administration Centre.
The Curling World Cup Grand Final will also be held in China, in the capital Beijing, next May.