Swiss pair ready to compete ‘against the best’
Jaeggi and Michel will be one of four Swiss teams competing in Beijing.
Michele Jaeggi and Sven Michel will look to reproduce some of the magic that saw them win gold at last year’s World Mixed Doubles Championship when they take to the Curling World Cup stage in Beijing from 8-12 May.
A year on from being crowned world champions, the Swiss duo are aiming to add the Curling World Cup Grand Final title to their mantlepiece when it gets under way at the Shougang Arena.
While Jaeggi will be making her Curling World Cup debut, Michel has already experienced the event when he competed alongside Team Peter de Cruz in Suzhou, which he described as “an amazing event”.
Jaeggi said: “He told me everything was incredibly well-organised and the chance to play against such good teams was such a great experience. I’m really looking forward to experiencing it for myself.
“We’re both excited about heading to Beijing to compete against the best teams in mixed doubles one last time before the season ends,” added Michel.
The pair won their gold medal in Oestersund, Sweden in April 2018 against Russian duo Komarova and Goriachev, having been playing together for just a year prior to their triumph. They believe their relaxed approach to the discipline is behind their success.
“We had a wonderful week with lots of laughs, great games and when the playoffs started, we could really perform well when we needed it, so all in all an unforgettable event,” said Michel.
Jaeggi added: “It was such an amazing time. We had so much fun during the whole week and to meet all those people from all over the world, made it really special. It was definitely something I’ll never forget.
“We think that we have good chemistry on and off the ice and make sure our expectations are not too high, whilst having a lot of laughs. We just enjoy playing competitions.”
This will be the first time that either Jaeggi or Michel will throw stones in the Chinese capital, but the former has explored the city before and is relishing a return.
“It’s a tough event so winning the event would be pretty big and definitely an amazing end to finish the season.” continued Michel.
Jaeggi added: “I was lucky to play in Chongqing last October and on my way back I stayed in Beijing for three days. I visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Bird’s Nest stadium. It was really impressive, so I’m looking forward coming back.”