Latvia open Beijing 2022 campaign with victory

Team Latvia © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The second session of wheelchair curling action got underway at the Ice Cube on Saturday night, with Latvia and Korea playing their opening game. From this round-robin session, Latvia, Great Britain and Canada claimed wins.

Latvia versus Korea

In their game against Latvia, Korea’s skip Go Seungnam faced three Latvian stones in the fourth end.

Go played a short angle tap to the four-foot and after a measure, the Koreans limited the damage to just one point for their opponent, to go down 5-2.

Latvia kept the pressure on, scoring two in the sixth end and stealing one in the seventh for a comfortable 8-4 lead playing the eighth.

In that final end, Latvia’s third player Sergejs Djacenko played a perfect take-out to run Korea out of stones and win, 8-4.

United States versus Great Britain

In a game where both teams were searching for their first win after dropping their opener, Great Britain’s fourth player Gregor Ewan played a precise draw to the four-foot in the third end to tie the score, 3-3.

Already sitting two in the fourth end, United States played a tap for a third point but it over curled, giving them a 5-3 lead.

With an offensive seventh end by the Brits, which resulted in two points for them, the score was 7-6 for Great Britain playing the eighth.

They continued to pile stones in the house, leaving United States a challenging tap to the four-foot to tie, but it over curled and gave Great Britain a steal of three and a 10-6 win.

“After getting beat by Norway this morning, we wanted to come back with a win,” said Great Britain’s Gregor Ewan.

“We’ve played USA a lot of times, it’s never a big win for them or for us, either way. We had to fight it out and by the end we find out who has won. It was a team effort.”

United States versus Great Britain © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Canada versus Switzerland

After a blank in the first end, Canada kicked off their game against Switzerland with three in the second.

Switzerland stole a critical single point in the fourth end when Canada’s Jon Thurston wrecked on a guard on his hit for multiple points to make the score 3-2.

In the fifth end, Switzerland went through the house on their final draw, giving Canada a draw to the eight-foot for three points and a 6-2 lead.

Canada kept their lead until the end, running Switzerland out of stones in the last end for a 8-4 final score.

Team Canada © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Session Two results: Latvia 8-4 Korea; United States 6-10 Great Britain; Canada 8-4 Switzerland

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Beijing, China

5 March 2022
Paralympic Winter Games