Schwaller to join three Swiss teams in Beijing
The young rink take the last available spot in the men's draw for the Grand Final.
SWISSCURLING has chosen Team Yannick Schwaller to represent them in next month’s Curling World Cup Grand Final at the Shougang Arena in Beijing.
The Bern-based quartet competed in two of the three legs, impressing in Jonkoping with victories over world champions Team Niklas Edin and United States’ Team Mark Fenner.
“We really can’t wait to compete in the first ever Curling World Cup Grand Final,” said Team Schwaller. “Curling in May is something new for us – but we like the sound of it.
“We got to know how well events are organised in China, so we’re looking forward to a great week and a lot of fun on and off the ice.”
The foursome – consisting of skip Schwaller, third Michael Brunner, second Romano Meier and lead Marcel Kaeufeler - also defeated 2014 world champions Team Thomas Ulsrud in Omaha – who they will also come up against in Beijing.
Alongside the legendary Norwegian outfit, Schwaller will face Scotland’s Team Ross Paterson and Suzhou champions Team Kevin Koe in the Grand Final.
The former world junior gold medallists are relishing the opportunity to play the eccentric trouser-wearing unit in their final event: “We’re excited, of course. They are legends of the game and brought so much into the sport, so playing them at their very last bonspiel in amazing.” It has been a successful season on tour for the young rink having secured their maiden title at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard in Ontario last September and finished runners-up to Team Peter de Cruz in SWISSCURLING’s national championship in March.
Curling World Cup organisers decided that with the special invite being handed to Norway (Team Thomas Ulsrud), the available spot should be awarded to the next Member Association from the Curling World Cup ranking points who had not yet qualified.