Russia reveal rinks for Omaha
Line-ups to represent Russia in Nebraska this December
Team Alina Kovaleva have been selected to wear the Russia jerseys in the women’s event at the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha.
Skip Kovaleva will be joined by third Anastasia Bryzgalova, Uliana Vasilyeva at second and Ekaterina Kuzmina on the front end.
The St Petersburg-based rink will go for gold in the Nebraskan city from 5-9 December, aiming to guarantee their place in the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing in May.
Kovaleva, 25, has already led her rink to victory on the World Curling Tour this season with success against Team Kelsey Rocque in the final of the Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic in British Colombia in September.
Kovaleva herself is highly experienced, having won the World Junior Championships in Sochi in 2013 and featured in Team Victoria Moiseeva and Team Anna Sidorova in recent seasons. She was alternate in Esbjerg, Denmark, when Sidorova’s team won the 2015 European Championships.
This season, she has seized her chance as skip of a newly-formed team who most recently reached Monday’s quarter-finals of the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic, where they lost 7-5 to Suzhou champions Team Rachel Homan.
Russia has also announced that Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin will compete in the mixed doubles in Omaha.
Together, the pair won the International Mixed Doubles Sochi 2 in March and the International Latvian Mixed Doubles Cup in April.
Last month, they finished third in the WCT Tallinn Mixed Doubles International, behind winners Martin Rios/Jenny Peret and runners-up Kristin Moen Skasklien/Magnus Nedregotten - both of whom they will face again in Omaha.
Next up for the duo is the World Mixed Championship in British Colombia where Eremin is skip and Moskaleva is lead and vice-skip, alongside Suzhou mixed doubles pairing Daniil Goriachev and Maria Komarova, who will play second and third respectively.