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12 February 2019

What have our stars been up to since Jonkoping?

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Plenty of teams are back on the ice following five intense days in Sweden.

It has been a busy period for our curlers since they left the Jonkoping Curling Club at the beginning of February with national and provincial championships taking place across the globe. We take a look at what they have been up to since leg three.

Ulsrud falls short

The evergreen Thomas Ulsrud had a terrific mixed doubles debut in Curling World Cup leg three, reaching the final alongside Kristin Skaslien, but suffered disappointment on resuming his regular skip duties at the Norwegian championships this past weekend.

Ulsrud’s former Olympic silver medallists were hoping to reach their 11th World Men’s Curling Championship by winning their domestic title, but Ulsrud suffered his second final defeat within a week at the hands of a youthful Team Magnus Ramsfjell.

The foursome have, however, thrown their hat into the ring to be chosen as one of the specially invited teams for the Grand Final...

Heartbreak for Dunstone

Team Matt Dunstone were on cloud nine after their success in Jonkoping and went into the Saskatchewan provincials having registered more wins on tour this season than any other team.

Dunstone’s rink were unbeaten in Whitewood until the very final game, where they fell to Team Kirk Muyres – whose skip won the title last year alongside Dunstone.

Both skips, however, will be travelling to Beijing for the Curling World Cup season finale in May as Muyres partners Laura Walker in the mixed doubles event.

Stars and Stripes

All ten United States curlers who competed in Sweden are back on the ice in their national championships in Michigan this week.

Matt Hamilton is back with his Olympic-winning rink, Team John Shuster, while his sister has rejoined Team Nina Roth in the women’s draw.

They are joined by Team Cory Christensen and Team Mark Fenner, with the winners soon heading across the border to Canada or to Denmark for their respective World Curling Championship.

Back to the roots

It is a similar story for the Scottish rinks as they head back to the birthplace of curling - Perth, Scotland – to compete in their national championships and for the honour of representing their country on the world stage.

Team Ross Paterson and Team Sophie Jackson will face off against fellow Curling World Cup rinks Team Bruce Mouat and Team Eve Muirhead.

Jonkoping to Liverpool

Team Minji Kim, who this time last year were cheering on Team Niklas Edin at the Olympic Winter Games as starry-eyed fans, have enjoyed quite the breakthrough season on tour.

The Korean rink, who won gold at the Pacific-Asia Championships last year, were inches away from winning the final in Omaha and were triumphant in Jonkoping after beating Olympic champions Team Anna Hasselborg in the final.

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Next stop for the quartet of 19-year olds is the World Junior Curling Championship in Liverpool, Canada which gets under way next week.

Fast-paced mixed doubles circuit

Just like the format itself, the international mixed doubles schedule is non-stop. Not long after finishing in Sweden, teams were competing in the International Mixed Doubles Trophy.

Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev had a terrific week in Jonkoping, falling just short of a place in the final and the pair have been back competing on the ice in Aarau, Switzerland.

The Russian duo picked up a bronze medal, while Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios were knocked out in the quarter-finals.

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