World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2011 Day 4

Mixed Doubles Blue Group
Switzerland 5-0
Russia 4-1
Denmark 3-2
Slovakia 3-2
Canada 2-4
England 1-4
Italy 1-4
Norway 1-4

Alexey Tselousov and Alina Kovaleva from Team Russia and Alessio Gonin from Team Italy. Photo: WCF/Leslie Ingram-Brown

Mixed Doubles Red Group
Japan 5-1
Sweden 5-1
Hungary 4-2
Finland 3-3
Australia 2-4
Estonia 2-4
New Zealand 2-4
Korea 1-5

Mixed Doubles White Group
France 5-1
China 4-1
Czech Republic 3-2
USA 3-2
Spain 3-3
Scotland 2-3
Austria 1-4
Latvia 0-5

FINAL STAGES:
Quarterfinals - At the end of the round-robin series, and any tiebreaker games (if required), there will be a clear ranking for 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in each group.
- The 1st and 2nd ranked teams qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday evening (20:00 local)
- The 3rd ranked team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) result also qualifies
- The other two 3rd ranked teams play a qualification game (Friday at 15:00 local) for the last quarterfinal spot.
Semifinals – take place on Saturday morning (09:00 local)
Medal Games – Gold & Bronze – Saturday afternoon (14:00 local)

Results & linescores: http://www.2011worldcurling.com/home

Flash Quotes from Players on Day 4

Amaury Pernette, Team France on their 6-5 extra end win over USA: “That was a difficult game, especially right at the end. We had to deal with a lot of pressure there. We are not used to dealing with that amount of pressure because we are not used to playing these kinds of championships. I wanted to put a guard up with my last stone, my line was good but I threw it too hard. Then the US missed their shot and we stole a win.”

Sonja Peichl, Team Austria after winning their first game of the championship 8-7 against Latvia: “It’s good to get a win, it’s a good feeling. We were very nervous there because it was a very tight situation for us.” [Latvia missed their last shot which could have made three points and tied up the game and forced an extra end].

Thomas Peichl, Team Austria about Mixed Doubles: “I think it’s a good game for spectators to watch, because there are many stones in the house and there’s always something going on. In traditional curling there can be many blank ends. I think mixed doubles is interesting to watch.”

Bridget Becker, Team New Zealand after their first win of the championship 7-3 against Australia: “I think we were just determined to win a game and we are relaxed now. We are out of the championship now and we thought we might as well just enjoy the rest of the tournament – and look what happens!”

Petra Pitonakova and Frantisek Pitonak, Team Slovakia on winning their game against Canada 8-7 stealing a point in an extra end: “Before the championship we were really looking forward to this game. Because usually in a European Championship we only get to play European teams. For us, this was our once in a lifetime chance to play Canada and we won!”

Robert Campbell, Team Canada on missing his last shot in the game against Slovakia: “We weren’t positive on the ice on whether it was going to run straight or curl up at the end. I just got a hair tight on it. We were just trying to hit half rock and pick the one off the button that was shot rock. It’s just been a struggle for me to throw around the centreline. I threw a really bad shot with my last one on the first end. Getting wide is not a problem. I’ve been try to back Rebecca Jean up and I’ve just not been doing a very good job of it right now.”

Alexey Tselousov, Team Russia after their 10-3 win over Italy: “Our goal was to make it to the semi finals, that is what we came here to achieve. Mixed Doubles is very interesting because there are a lot of stones in the game. Usually when you have three or more stones loose in the game with a normal men’s team, you take out and clear the house. Today Alina played very well, she has only been playing for three years.”

Kim Forge, Team Australia after beating Hungary 7-6: “I did a Peter Becker! [Skip of the New Zealand senior men’s team] - a draw to the four foot for the win! against a really tough team. We played well today. We got some breaks and we haven’t had any breaks this week. It’s a huge relief. They are a really good team. It’s anybody’s dream to draw to the four foot for the win. I am lucky I had the chance because my partner made an excellent double. I am still shaking from the fact I made the shot – it’s the first time this week I have played first and last stones. We switched it round today – I am not sure I could deal with the pressure if I had to play those kind of shots every time!”

About Mixed Doubles Curling:
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.

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