WMDCC 2015: Hungary, World Mixed Doubles Curling Champions

  • Hungary, World Mixed Doubles Curling Champions 2015 Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Hungary won the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 after defeating Sweden 6-5 in the gold medal game at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Sweden won silver while Norway won bronze after winning 9-4 against Canada in the bronze medal game.

Sweden started off the gold medal game well as Per Noreen made a skinny in-off to score two points in the first end.

Hungary’s Zsolt Kiss then tapped another one of his stones into the house for two points in the next end.

Sweden’s Noreen attempted a cross-house double take-out but got his angles wrong in the third end and gave up a steal of one point to Hungary.

Hungary stole again in the fourth end to go 4-2 ahead when Noreen couldn’t remove a cluster of stones near the button, before the Swede made a hit for one point in the fifth end.

Sweden then levelled in the sixth end, at 4-4, as they stole one point, before Hungary’s Zsolt Kiss drew through a tight pack to tap out a Swedish stone and score two points for a 6-4 lead.

When Sweden could only take one point from the last end, Hungary’s, Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss won the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship for the second time following their 2013 win in Fredericton, Canada.

Afterward their win, Kiss said: "It’s great. It is always great to win a championship, especially if it's a World Championship. We are happy that we could repeat the win as we came first two years ago. I hope everybody is happy at home."

He added: "I think we played better than two years ago. We tried to put some pressure on them, and I think that was successful."

For the Swedish team of Camilla Johansson and Per Noreen, this was their third World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship silver medal following their performances at the 2012 and 2014 events.

After picking up the silver medals, Noreen said: “We’re a little bit sad. I think we played very well in the semi-final but in this game we played a lot of different shots which we didn’t make in other games. That’s why we lost the match I think.”

In the bronze medal game, Norway were 7-0 ahead after only two ends.

Canada got onto the scoresheet in the third end when Kalynn Park made an open hit for one point.

Norway took a single point in the next end before a mistake from Norway let Canada take two points from the fifth end.

Canada eventually conceded after seven ends of play to give Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten the bronze medals, the first for Norway in this Championship.

Afterwards, Norway’s Nedregotten said: “We feel very good - absolutely. It was a very good game as well. Obviously they had some bad luck but that’s curling. We made our shots almost all the time so it feels good.”

Earlier in the day, both semi-finals proved close as Hungary defeated Norway 9-6 and Sweden beat Canada 8-6.

Following the conclusion of this year’s World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, the latest Mixed Doubles World Rankings were released.

Switzerland were knocked off top spot by Sweden, while Hungary moved up to second position after their latest World Mixed Doubles Championship win.

Switzerland drop down into third while Norway moved up five places into fourth position. USA were the other big movers as they moved up five places into eighth position.

The full Mixed Doubles rankings are available here: http://worldcurling.org/mixed-doubles-ranking

Upon closing this year’s World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships, World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, reflected on the events. She said: “Our Russian hosts have done an exemplary job in organising these Championships, at what is an important time for the development of our sport and particularly the discipline of Mixed Doubles.”

She continued: “I was delighted to be able host International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach accompanied by President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov personally here at the Ice Cube during this event so that President Bach could see first-hand what an exciting addition Mixed Doubles Curling could be to the Olympic programme.”

A decision on whether or not Mixed Doubles Curling will become part of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games programme is expected to be made at the IOC Executive Board meeting scheduled for June in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The World Senior Curling Championships 2015 also took place in Sochi at the same time. There, USA won the World Senior men’s title, while Canada women were crowned World Senior women’s champions 2015.

During the closing ceremony, it was announced that Karlstad in Sweden will host the World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships in 2016 between 16 and 23 April.

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be held in the Kobbs Arena while the World Seniors will be held in Karlstad Curling Arena.

RESULTS
Semi-finals:
Hungary 9, Norway 6; Canada 6, Sweden 8.
Bronze medal game: Norway 9, Canada 4.
Gold medal game: Hungary 6, Sweden 5.

FINAL STANDINGS: http://wcf.co/wmdcc2015standings