December 4, 2010
The opening day of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2010 in Champéry, Switzerland opened with four draws in the A Group - two games each for the men and women.
Defending men's champion Niklas Edin and his team from Sweden opened their campaign well, with two wins, following up their opening 5-3 victory over the Netherlands with a tight 7-6 win over Russia.
Joining Sweden on two wins at the top of the men's rankings are Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne, who beat the Czech Republic by 8-7 and then France by 6-3; Germany's Andy Kapp, victorious over Russia by 7-2 and then Scotland's Hammy McMillan by 9-5; and Norway's Thomas Ulsrud, whose opening 4-1 win was against Scotland, followed by a 7-3 victory over the Czech Republic.
In the men's event, France's Thomas Dufour and Switzerland's Christof Schwaller have both won one game and lost the other - France beating Switzerland by 7-1 in the opener between the two, with Switzerland going on to beat the Dutch by 5-3. As a result, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Russia and Scotland go into the second day of competition looking for their first wins.
Three teams remain undefeated after the first two round-robin games in the women's A Group event.
Norway's Linn Githmark beat the Netherlands by 7-5 and followed that up with a 6-5 win over Scotland's Eve Muirhead. Joining her at the top of the rankings, Russia's Liudmila Privivkova beat Finland by 9-2 before recording an 8-5 win over Switzerland's Mirjiam Ott, while Sweden's Stina Viktorsson beat Latvia by 10-3 in her opener and followed that up with a 5-4 win over the Netherlands.
Defending champion Andrea Schöpp of Germany went down by 8-4 to Scotland in her opening game, and then beat Denmark's Lene Nielsen by 9-3 when she returned to the ice - a win she put down to a head-clearing cross-country cycle run through the snow of Champéry between games.
In her second game, Latvia's Evita Regza led her team to their first-ever European A Group win, beating Finland by 9-8.
Four women's teams - Germany, Latvia, Scotland and Switzerland, who beat Denmark by 6-5 in the extra end of their first game, now have one win and one loss, while Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands are still winless.
In the B Group Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary top the women's standings. The B Group men are divided into two groups and standings can be seen here http://www.ecc.curlit.com
GROUP A MEN:
Round 1: Sweden 5, Netherlands 3; Norway 4, Scotland 1; France 7, Switzerland 1; Czech Republic 7, Denmark 8; Germany 7, Russia 2.
Round 2: Denmark 6, France 3; Switzerland 5, Netherlands 6; Russia 6, Sweden 7; Scotland 5, Germany 9; Norway 7, Czech Republic 3.
GROUP A WOMEN:
Round 1: Finland 2, Russia 9; Scotland 8, Germany 4; Latvia 3, Sweden 10; Denmark 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end): Norway 7, Netherlands 5.
Round 2: Norway 6, Scotland 5; Finland 8, Latvia 9; Germany 9, Denmark 3; Sweden 5, Netherland s 4 (extra end); Russia 8, Switzerland 5.
GROUP A MEN, after 2 rounds:
Denmark, won 2, lost 0
Czech Republic 0-2
GROUP A WOMEN, after 2 rounds:
Norway won 2, lost 0
Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport. Additional live and on demand coverage will be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player. Swiss Television TSR will also air daily live coverage of Swiss games. For more details of the TV and Web TV coverage schedule visit http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-and-web-tv-coverage-from-the-le-gruyere-european-curling-championships-2010
Event website: http://www.ecc2010.ch
Event results: http://www.ecc.curlit.com
All results will be mirrored on the World Curling Federation (WCF) results database: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx