Mixed curling victories for North American nations

  • USA secure debut win in World Mixed Curling Championship WCF / Céline Stucki

Curling’s two North American nations were the first teams outside of Europe to secure wins at the World Mixed Curling Championship in the Swiss capital, Berne.

For Canada, seven ends was enough to beat Finland 6-4, despite trailing 3-1 at the fourth end break. However, stealing four points in the fifth end saw them establish a confident lead.

The USA took a little longer to secure their win. The match went to an extra end because it was 5-5 at the end of the regulation eight ends. Brady Clark’s team then won two points in the extra end.

Following his team’s win, Clark said: “It was a battle out there and Austria played a really good game. We’re thankful to end up on the positive side of the board.

“I have wanted this Mixed World’s for over a decade so I’m excited to be here and it’s a fun new avenue, with lots of opportunities and great teams. 36 countries from around the world will make it a lot of fun.”

Estonia and Japan also had an extra end in their game, but it was the Estonians who took the win by a point. That game ended 6-5. Latvia also beat Spain in nine ends, 8-7.

Germany secured the biggest win of the session, beating Wales 10-2. The sixth game of the session was won by Norway, who beat Australia 5-4.