Team Edin begins season with silver
Round-up of how teams are warming up for Suzhou in Baden and New Zealand
Team Edin warmed up for the inaugural Curling World Cup next month by winning silver at the Baden Masters in Switzerland.
The annual season opener featured four rinks that will be on the ice in Suzhou competing in the men’s event - Team Edin, Team Mouat, Team Walstad and Team De Cruz.
Norway’s Team Ulsrud won the event in the north of Switzerland, after beating Team Edin, the world champions and Olympic silver medalists from Sweden, 5-3 in the final.
Skipped by Thomas Ulsrud, the former world champions led from the first end and did not lose their lead throughout the final, winning $USD 11,265 in the process.
Switzerland’s Team De Cruz - playing on home ice - claimed bronze after edging out Team Walstad, with both sides playing in their one and only event before the first leg in Suzhou commences in two weeks' time.
Bronze medalists at the World Championships earlier this year, Team Mouat, finished eighth after losing to the eventual winners Team Ulstrud in their quarter-final match.
None of the teams that will be grouped together in Suzhou played each other in Baden, meaning there will be fresh match ups for the 2018-2019 season when they face-off next month.
Korey Dropkin and Sarah Anderson will be teaming up for the United States in the mixed doubles in China, but before that are competing in the Winter Games in New Zealand. The pair got off to a strong start in the competition with three wins from four matches against New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
Dropkin has been pleased with their start, telling the Winter Games website: “This is a great opportunity for us to get ourselves grounded for the season, get our dynamics and communication solidified for the World Cup next month.”
His partner, Anderson, added: “We want to have fun, we’re excited about the Curling World Cup next month, and hopefully [we can] defend our title at US Nationals." You can see the schedule for the first leg of the Curling World Cup at the Suzhou Sports Center here.