Quarter-finalists set in YOG 2016 Mixed Doubles competition

  • It was a full house at today's afternoon Mixed Doubles session Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The final eight Mixed Doubles teams have been decided at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway following the last-16 play-offs.

In the first session of last-16 games Switzerland/Estonia, China/Norway, China/Great Britain and Italy/Great Britain all progressed to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals will be played at 17.00 (Central European Time) today (Saturday 20 February). International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will be in attendance.

The Swiss/Estonian pair of Selina Whitschonke and Jarl Gustsin had an impressive six end game against Czech Republic’s Kristina Podrabska and Sweden’s Anton Degerfeldt, which they won 11-1, this morning.

China’s Ruiyi Zhao and Norway’s Andreas Haarstad’s five pointer in the third end and three pointer in the fifth end helped them to a 11-6 win over Korea/Sweden pair, Jiyoung Lee and Johan Nygren.

China’s Yu Han has also progressed into the last eight with partner Ross Whyte of Great Britain. They beat Korea’s Su Yun Oh and Turkey’s Tunc Esenboga in the closest match of the morning session. Han and Whyte were 3-4 down at the fourth end break, but a score of four points in the sixth end followed by a steal of one point in the seventh end gave them the lead and in turn the win, 8-6.

Finally, Great Britain’s Callum Kinnear and partner Martina Ghezze of Italy won this morning. They were victorious over Russia’s Nadezhda Karelina and Japan’s Kosuke Aita, 7-3.

This afternoon there were wins for Norway/Korea, Japan/Switzerland, Japan/Canada and New Zealand/Canada.

Norway’s Maia Ramsfjell and Korea’s Kim Hogeon had to fight hard for their place in the quarter-finals against Brazil/USA pair Giovanna Barros and Ben Richardson. Going into the sixth end Barros and Richardson had a two-point lead 7-5, but the Norway/Korea pair levelled in that end with two points before going onto win the game in the seventh end with a steal of two points. The game ended 9-7.

Switzerland’s Philipp Hoesli and Japan’s Yako Matsuzawa won their game against USA’s Luc Violette and Estonia’s Britta Sillaots, 10-5, with two big scoring ends. In the fifth end they secured four points, before taking another five points in the seventh end, at which point their opponents conceded the game.

Japan had more success in this round. Honoka Sasaki, paired with Canada’s Tyler Tardi won 6-2 against Estonia/Russia pair Kristin Laidsalu and Sergei Maksimov. Canada’s other male Gold medalist, Sterling Middleton, has made it into the quarter-finals with partner, Holly Thompson, from New Zealand. They won 9-2 against Turkey/China pair Berivan Polat and Zhang Wenxin.


They Said It:

Ruiyi Zhao; Team CHN|NOR (after 11-6 win over KOR|SWE): “I think we have a very good cooperation and I feel relaxed while playing with him [Norway’s Andreas Haarstad]. He plays the second, third and fourth stones, and I play the first and the fifth. I think the important point is that we are dealing with the key stones properly.”

Martini Ghezze; Team ITA|GBR (after 7-3 win over RUS|JPN): “Today I felt good with the ice, in particular wit the last end, so I am happy for the win. He [Great Britain’s Michael Mellemseter] is very nice, because he keeps me motivated when I make a mistake and he is a very strong player. I hope we can keep winning.”

Philipp Hoesli; Team JPN|SUI (after 10-5 win over EST|USA): “It was a tight game, then they missed some shots and we had some great shots. Then it could have gone wrong and they could have stolen two. We were a bit lucky, but it feels great. Our next match is versus Canada and New Zealand. It's going to be really tough. It's quite fun to play Mixed Doubles. So, let's see!”

Holly Thompson; Team NZL|CAN (after 9-2 win over TUR|CHN): “I feel that I played better and Sterling [Middleton] as well. Our communication and shot-making was even better than the last game, which was good. We were making good shots. Playing with Sterling has been really good, he has helped me with broom placement and looking at different kinds of shots to do. He has just opened my eyes more to the different shots that you can do to get a good end.”


DRAW, quarter-finals:

JPN/CAN v NOR/KOR; CHN/GBR v SUI/EST; ITA/GBR v CHN/NOR; NZL/CAN v JPN/SUI


RESULTS, after session five:

SUI/EST 11-1 CZE/SUI; CHN/NOR 11-6 KOR/SWE; CHN/GBR 8-6 KOR/TUR; ITA/GBR 7-3 RUS/JPN


RESULTS, after session six:

NOR/KOR 9-7 BRA/USA; JPN/SUI v 10-5; EST/USA; JPN/CAN 6-2 EST/RUS; NZL/CAN 9-2 TUR/CHN