What the stars of Suzhou did next
It was a mixture of work, rest and play for the athletes following five intense days in China
There was barely time to draw breath for four athletes who competed in the Curling World Cup first leg, as they almost immediately flew to the Tallinn Mixed Doubles International in Estonia.
Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios - who finished third in Suzhou - beat Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Marcus Nedregotten 6-5 to claim their first title of the season. Skaslien had partnered Sander Roelvaag in China but was re-united with regular playing partner and boyfriend Nedregotten in Tallinn.
While Skaslien paired up with Nedregotten, her Suzhou mixed doubles partner Sander Roelvaag was satisfying his wanderlust by exploring Shanghai. He certainly found a view or two.
Suzhou champions Team Homan flew back to Canada to help nurture the next generation of Curling World Cup competitors. The 3rd annual Team Homan Junior Curling Camp got under way last week with 80 young curlers between 12 and 20 taking part in a priceless three-day experience.
All the members of Team Homan took part with Olympic gold medalist Matt Hamilton a surprise guest.
Mixed doubles finalist Korey Dropkin did not get much time to spend back at home in Minnesota before he was off to Winnipeg with his men’s rink Team Fenner. They reached the final of the Mother Club Curling Classic before losing 6-5 to Canadians Team Lott.
For some, after the heat and excitement of Suzhou, it was back to reality. Team de Cruz’s fourth, Benoit Schwarz, arrived home to start his Masters degree at University St. Gallen - one of the leading business schools in Europe. We hope the uni has a curling rink, Benoît?