World Juniors 2018 line-up complete as future events confirmed for Lohja

  • China's two gold medal winning teams Photos: © WCF / Janne Ojanperä

The final six Member Associations to compete at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 have now been decided, at the conclusion of the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2018 in the Kisakallio Sports Institute, in Lohja, Finland.

The teams heading to Aberdeen, Scotland in [3-10] March and taking medals in Finland were China (gold), Turkey (silver) and Norway (bronze) women and China (gold), Russia (silver) and Germany (bronze) men.

The ten women’s teams to compete in Scotland will be: Canada, China, Korea, Norway, Russia, hosts Scotland, defending champions Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United States.

The ten men’s teams are: Canada, China, Germany, 2017 winners Korea, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden and United States.

In the women’s final, China took gold medals with a 4-2 win over Turkey, who collected silver. Meanwhile a 5-4 win for Norway over New Zealand saw them collect the bronze medals. In the men’s championship, the final went all the way to an extra end, with China emerging the winners, by 5-4. Russia took silver medals and a 6-4 win for Germany over Spain saw them win the bronze medals.

On behalf of the Chinese team, Xingfu Li, the Chinese team leader, said: “I am very happy and proud of our players. They are doing very good. Our teams enjoyed everything in Finland – the arena, the games and the hotel. Our first goal was tp go to the World Juniors, now it is to stay in that group.”

The Chinese women’s team are skip and third Zixin Wang, fourth Ziqi Dong, second Meini Wang, lead Chengyu Sun and alternate Jiaxin Yu. The Chinese men’s team are skip Zhiyu Wang, third Jiafeng Tian, second Xiangkun Wang, lead Zezhong Zhang and alternate Tianqi Guan.

Turkey’s women’s coach Sadik Topaloglu said: “We want to be champions of this group, but we couldn’t do that. At the World Juniors we can do it.” Turkey’s women’s team is skip Dilsat Yildiz, third Mihriban Polat, second Berivan Polat, lead Zeynep Oztemir and alternate Canan Temuren.

Maia Ramsfjell, Norway women’s skip, said: “We had a really good week – won a lot of games and played really good. I am excited to go to Aberdeen. This is my third time trying to qualify for the Juniors. [However, our team] has to win the Norwegian juniors first – that’s next weekend.” Her team are third Martine Roenning, second Mille Nordbye, lead Victoria Johansen and alternate Eirin Mesloe.

Russia men’s skip, Aleksandr Bystrov, said: “It was a hard game. But, we had already qualified, so it was a great game, but of course we are a little bit sad. We can win against China in Scotland.” His team are third Sergei Morozov, second Alexey Tuzov, lead Konstantin Manasevich and alternate Vadim Shvedov.

Germany men’s skip, Klaudius Harsch, said: “We feel really great – that was the goal for the entire season. We really hope to stay now at the world championships.” His team are fourth Sixten Totzek, second Joshua Sutor, lead Jan Luca Haag and alternate Till Wuunderlich.

All the results from these championships can be found at

Coverage can be watched on YouTube,

Lohja to host future events

During the closing ceremony, it was announced that the Kisakallio Sports Institute will hosts the next edition of the World Junior-B Curling Championships, [3-10 January] in 2019, and the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship 2018 [9-15 November].

These events will qualify the last teams for the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 [17-24 February] in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada and the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 [2-8 March] in Stirling, Scotland.

The World Wheelchair-B event has been hosted twice before in Lohja, in 2015 and 2016, so has the Junior-B in 2016 and 2018.

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said: “The Kisakallio Sports Institute proves to be a first-class venue for these events and I am delighted that the organising committee and Finnish Curling Association are eager to continue hosting them in 2018 and 2019.”

Lauri Ikävalko from the local organising committee said: “After another successful event this week we are delighted the World Curling Federation has put their faith in us to host future junior and wheelchair curling events.”

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