25 January 2019

Rios aims to put ‘bad final’ behind him

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Martin Rios will team up with Jenny Perret for the third time in Jonkoping.

After two narrow misses in Omaha and Suzhou, Swiss maestro Martin Rios hopes he and Jenny Perret can take one final step to the Grand Final with a solid performance in Jonkoping.

The Swiss duo were unbeaten going into Sunday in Omaha and 4-0 up in the final before Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten fought back to triumph 10-5.

“We had a really good week in Omaha and just played a bad final,” admitted the Olympic silver medallist.

“Mixed doubles is a really fast, aggressive game. The games can change quickly as there are no defensive ends which brings more emotions into the games. And it's easier to fight back if you're losing.”

Norway are currently tied top of the Curling World Cup mixed doubles rankings on 34 points alongside United States and will qualify for the Beijing’s Grand Final in May if they claim two wins (inside eight ends) in Jonkoping.

But the 37-year-old insists they will be out to “win every game” at the Jonkoping Curling Club when the European leg gets under way next week.

“We always want to win every game so we won't change this time. We're going to give our best and see what happens,” added Rios.

“This is not about the money, we try play our best to win the games. Of course the money is a big nice bonus.”

Rios has revelled in competing in its inaugural season with ten wins coming from their 13 Curling World Cup matches so far, losing to just two teams in the process.

“The events are great. Suzhou and Omaha were pretty special for us and it's always a special feeling when you're representing your country!

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