Two Swiss pairs earn spots in Grand Final
World champion pair join Perret/Rios in Beijing.
SWISSCURLING will send two world championship-winning mixed doubles teams to the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing between 8-12 May.
Jenny Perret and Martin Rios have been selected by the association based on the ranking points they tallied up across the three legs. The pair accumulated 46 points – which was the highest number of the Member Associations who had not already qualified.
The Olympic silver medallists reached the final in Omaha after an unbeaten round-robin stage but were defeated by Norwegians Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten 10-5 in the final.
Michele Jaeggi and Sven Michel will join their compatriots in the Chinese capital as a result of being the current world mixed doubles champions.
An automatic Grand Final spot is reserved for the current world champions - however, Curling World Cup organisers deemed the time between the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Norway and the Grand Final too short for teams to apply for the necessary travel documents required to compete in Beijing. Therefore, the 2018 world champions have been selected.
The pair won their world title last year in Oestersund, Sweden, where they defeated Russian pair Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev 9-6 in the final.
Michel, who is a European champion in the four-man discipline, is not new to the Curling World Cup format as the 30-year-old former European champion throws third stones for Team Peter de Cruz – who played in leg one in Suzhou.
Bern-based Jaeggi has previously claimed two bronze medals at the Winter Universiade in 2013 and 2015, and currently plays fourth on Team Ursi Hegner – who recently finished fourth at the SWISSCURLING Championship.
Switzerland is a hotbed for mixed doubles talent with seven out of the 11 world championships all going their way since the competition began in 2008.