World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2011 Day 1

Mixed Doubles Blue Group
Canada 1-0
England 1-0
Russia 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Norway 0-1
Slovakia 0-1
Denmark 0-1
Italy 0-1

Photo: World Curling Federation/Leslie Ingram-Brown

Mixed Doubles Red Group
China 1-0
Czech Republic 1-0
Scotland 1-0
USA 1-0
Austria 0-1
France 0-1
Latvia 0-1
Spain 0-1

Mixed Doubles White Group
Australia 1-0
Japan 1-0
Hungary 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Estonia 0-1
Finland 0-1
Korea 0-1
New Zealand 0-1

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Flash Quotes from Players on Day 1

Jane Clark, Team England after beating Italy 11-1:
“It was a pretty record win. I think it’s our first five. It’s the first time we’ve beaten Italy as well. We’ve played them for the last three years. It’s not the same team but always the junior team and we’ve lost every time. Psychologically it was a big win. I think the main thing there was that John [Sharp] nailed the first shot every time and it just shows what happens when you do get that first shot in, often you can be shaky on the first shot and if you miss it, then you are on the back foot. It’s key to the game to get that first shot right because you can’t take anything out.”

Robert Campbell, Team Canada after an 8-6 win against Denmark:
“I love the format – it’s different for us being from Canada we are used to playing four on four mixed. We had to put a lot of practise into it and hopefully things will pay off this week. It’s a fun, fun game and hopefully we’ll just play better and better as the week goes on. It’s a game where you need patience and you need to really interact with your team mate you have to know each other really well.”

György Nagy, Team Hungary and 2009 World Mixed Doubles Silver Medallists with his wife Ildikó Szekeres after winning a game (6-5) that went to an extra end against Finland:
“Maybe we played a little bit slow. But there were some interesting situations, more draws than takeouts and an extra end which made it even longer but finally we made it. We wanted to make it in the eighth end, we were not lucky there but finally we could win in that last end.”

“In Hungary there are only 200 curlers it’s not easy to find four plus four players. It’s much easier to ask someone with their husband or wife and you can play against 2 people. I think we have a very strong championship in Hungary for mixed doubles. Eight teams were participating in our mixed doubles national championships to come here.”

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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