Preview: World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:42pm
27 Mixed Doubles Curling teams from around the world will compete in the 2013 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship which gets underway on Saturday 13 April 2013 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
It marks the first time that Canada is hosting the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which began in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland.
The teams competing in the event which runs to Saturday 20 April are: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
Scotland will be represented by Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat (pictured) who won the Scottish Mixed Doubles Championship at Dewars Centre, Perth in December 2012.
The 2013 event will be held in the newly built new Grant-Harvey Centre, which is also hosting the World Senior Curling Championships 2013 at the same time.
Instead of playing in teams of four, mixed doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
– The game is played on the same sheets of ice as “traditional” curling.
– Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) – and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
– Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
– Sweeping can be done by both team members.
– Each team receives 46 minutes of playing time and games are fixed at 8 ends – compared to 73 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional‟ curling.
Mixed Doubles curling is part of the Continental Cup – the annual curling event which pits teams from North America against teams from the rest of the world. Mixed Doubles was also introduced for the first time at the New Zealand Winter Games in August 2011 and will be part of the competition again at this year’s event in August 2013. A unique version of Mixed Doubles, which saw athletes from different nations paired together to play as teams, was part of the Inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in January 2012.
Among the 54 athletes competing in Fredericton are reigning Mixed Doubles world champions – Martin Rios and Nadine Lehmann from Switzerland. They won the title last year in Erzurum, Turkey. 2012 Bronze medallists Christian Roth and Claudia Toth, return to represent Austria. Yana Nekrasova who won gold in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2010 will represent Russia once more but this time with a new teammate. And Pauline Jeanneret who won bronze in 2011 in St Paul USA, is back to play for France but also with a new teammate.
For this Championship, the 27 Mixed Doubles teams have been divided into three groups: Blue, Red and Yellow. Each group will play a round robin from Saturday 13 to Thursday 18 April. Quarter-finals take place on Friday 19 and semi-finals and medal games take place on Saturday 20 April. http://wmdcc2013.curlingevents.com/schedule
Curling fans around the world can follow live coverage of the event via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV which will be embedded onto the homepage of the event website http://wmdcc2013.curlingevents.com
Visit http://wmdcc2013.curlingevents.com/wmdcc-2013-live-coverage-schedule to see what games will be covered
News, live scores, galleries and video highlights will be available on the event website: http://wmdcc2013.curlingevents.com
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Photo: Brad Askew