Successful first Mixed Doubles camp for new Olympic discipline

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The World Curling Federation (WCF) has delivered its first Mixed Doubles training camp, this week in Budapest, Hungary.

The camp offered nine teams from six countries, worldwide – Belgium, China, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Romania – the chance to develop their skills in this abbreviated version of the sport, which was included as an Olympic discipline for the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang (9-25 February) 2018 in June.

The course was delivered by two-time World Mixed Doubles champions Dorottya Palansca and Zsolt Kiss, at their home club Kamaraerdei Curling Club, two-times Scottish Mixed Doubles champions Judith and Lee McCleary and WCF Competitions and Development Officer Allen Coliban.

Coliban said: “Hungary broke through the Mixed Doubles scene, earning two gold medals in World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in the last three years and a silver in 2009. This is the home of World Mixed Doubles champions, Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss, who were instructors at our camp.

“The camp was a natural follow-up to all the contributions Hungary has brought to the development of the discipline.

“We had varying skill levels, including former World Women’s champion, from 2009, Bingyu Wang, skip of China, interested in trying Mixed Doubles for the first time.”

Bingyu Wang said: “I really enjoyed this camp and learned a lot. It has been beneficial for both me as an athlete and for my team.”

Mixed Doubles Curling is played on the same sheets of ice as ‘traditional’ curling. However, there are some key differences.

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).

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.

Each team receives 22 minutes of Thinking Time and games are scheduled for eight ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for ‘traditional’ curling.

For more information on WCF camps and courses visit, http://www.wcf-camps-courses.com/

The next edition of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will take place in Karlstad, Sweden between 16 and 23 April 2016.

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