WYOG – Mixed Team Medals

Congratulations to Switzerland who won the gold medal in the Mixed Team Curling Competition at the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The Swiss beat Italy 6-4. The Italians took the silver medal. Canada won the bronze beating Sweden 6-4.

The teams now have a day when they will get to experience what is on offer as part of the Culture and Education Programme which is also part of this Winter Youth Olympic Games. All the 64 curling athletes will also be back on the ice at some point on today to train with their new teammate for the Mixed Doubles Curling Competition which forms the second part of the curling event at the games.

The final standings of the Mixed Team curling competition have determined the teams for the unique Mixed Doubles curling competition. There will be 32 teams in this event – one male and one female player form a team and both will be a different nationality.

This unique Mixed Doubles event begins on Friday 20 January, with a second round on Saturday. Semifinals and medal games will be played before the close of the event on Sunday 22.

FINAL STANDINGS – Mixed Team Curling Competition:

GOLD – SUI – Switzerland
SILVER – ITA – Italy
BRONZE – CAN – Canada
4. SWE – Sweden
5. USA – United States of America
6. CZE – Czech Republic
7. JPN – Japan
8. NOR – Norway
9. CHN – China
10. GBR – Great Britain
11. RUS – Russia
12. KOR – Korea
13. NZL – New Zealand
14. AUT – Austria
15. GER – Germany
16. EST – Estonia

Photo by Brad Askew.

Curling fans will be able to keep up to date with the latest news and scores from the event via the World Curling Federation Winter Youth Olympic Games micro-site website: http://innsbruck2012.curlingevents.com/

The World Curling Federation will also be updating regularly from the event via their fan feeds on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/worldcurling) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WorldCurlingFederation)

You can also find out the latest news from the official Winter Youth Olympic Games website: http://www.innsbruck2012.com

A daily highlights video clip covering all of the Winter Olympic sports taking place at the Games will be available on the Innsbruck 2012 YouTube site http://www.youtube.com/innsbruck2012

BBC Coverage: Daily 60min highlights programme on BBC Red Button, 1900 GMT; reports & video on www.bbc.co.uk/sport; British Olympic Dreams special on 28 January, 1300 GMT, BBC One


1st Winter Youth Olympic Games – Day 4
Posted 17 January 2011

Team GB’s curlers found their form on day four of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck as they secured two convincing wins over Russia and Austria to finish the competition with three wins and four defeats.

In the early morning game Team GB beat Russia 6-3, with the Russians conceding defeat after seven ends. In the afternoon the Briton’s really upped their game to thrash host nation Austria 9-1. Team GB raced into a 9-0 lead after 5 ends and Austria conceded defeat following the sixth end.

Unfortunately for Team GB curlers Duncan Menzies (Arbroath), Angharad Ward (Tonbridge), Thomas Muirhead (Perthshire) and Rachel Hannen (Hamilton), other results did not go in their favour so they will exit the mixed team competition with their heads held high, but with a feeling of what might have been.

Thomas Muirhead said: “As a team we played superbly well in our last games, we barely missed a shot. Of course it’s a bit frustrating that we couldn’t find that form at the start of the tournament but this is something that we will have to learn from. We know now that you have to be on your game from the moment the tournament starts or you will get punished because these are some of the best players in the world. But the experience has been a great one, not just in terms of curling but also in competing at a Youth Olympics and everything that comes with that.”

Skip Duncan Menzies added: “It took us a while to get to grips with the ice over here in Austria but I could still easily be standing here with only one loss to our name. Every game except one either went to an extra end or was decided by one shot so if things had gone our way we would have gone through. But the team played fantastically well at the end, we made pretty much all of our shots and left me with very little to do so at least we go out on a high.”

The quarterfinals begin at 09:00 (local / CET) on Wednesday 18 January. Canada play the Czech Republic and Italy meet the USA, Sweden face Norway while Japan play Switzerland.

The winners meet in the semi-finals which begin at 13:00 local.

The Gold and Bronze medal games take place at 17:00 local.

The final standings of the Mixed Teams will then determine the teams for the unique Mixed Doubles competition where one male and one female curler, from different nations, join together in the second curling competition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games starting on Friday 20 January.


1st Winter Youth Olympic Games – Day 3
Posted 16 January 2012

Team GB got off the mark with a hard fought 7-5 win over Italy in the evening game. The British curlers showed great spirit to come back from 4-5 down after six ends to win the match 7-5. Earlier in the day Team GB suffered an agonising 7-5 defeat to Japan in a match that was decided by an extra end after GB had led on three occasions during the game. With one win and four defeats Team GB will need to win both of their final pool matches tomorrow and hope that other results go their way to enable them to qualify for the quarter finals.

Tomorrow Team GB play Russia at 09:00 and Austria at 16:00.


1st Winter Youth Olympic Games – Day 2
Posted on 15 January 2012

Duncan Menzies and his team endured another tough day at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre as they lost both of their matches.  In their first match Germany beat Team GB 5-4 in an extra end in what was an extremely close encounter.  Duncan Menzies scored one in the eighth end to take the game into an extra end. The second game was a comprehensive 8-2 defeat to Canada with the match ending after six ends.

At the end of the day Thomas Muirhead said: “In Sunday’s games we just couldn’t make the shots when we needed to, we struggled all day.  The shots just kept getting away from us we were a bit loose.  It was a frustrating result in the morning and then this evening Canada were very strong.  Every little mistake they just punished us but we are learning and now we will have to make changes, we need to win every game from now on so it’s going to be tough.  But tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start and we will approach in that mindset and just take if from there.”

Team GB will be looking to get their campaign back on track tomorrow when they play Japan at 09:00 and Italy at 16:00.


1st Winter Youth Olympic Games – Day 2
Posted on 14 January 2012

Team GB’s mixed curling team of Duncan Menzies (Arbroath), Angharad Ward (Tonbridge), Thomas Muirhead (Perthshire) and Rachel Hannen (Hamilton) had to wait to make their Youth Olympic debuts after their match against hosts Austria was rescheduled to Tuesday following a fault with the ice machine early this morning. In the afternoon they faced a strong Sweden team and never recovered from going four behind in the first end. Despite mounting a sustained comeback and winning the next two ends, they ultimately lost 6-4 at the conclusion of the eight end match.

Afterwards Muirhead said: “We’re disappointed to lose but we actually played really well as a team and it was a great match. The Sweden skip played an excellent shot to get four in the first end. We dominated the second half but were just a little bit unlucky in the first end and gave ourselves too much to do. There was a lot of support here for us and great noise. We’re looking forward to our matches tomorrow and can take a lot of positives from playing well in this one.”

Tomorrow Britain’s curlers will be looking to bounce back from their opening match defeat to Sweden when they face Germany (09:00) and Canada (16:00) at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre.


1st Winter Youth Olympic Games starts tomorrow
Posted 13 January 2012

The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games starts tomorrow in Innsbruck, Austria and runs until 22 January.

16 top junior curling teams from around the world, including Team Great Britain, which consists of Duncan Menzies (SCO), Angharad Ward (ENG), Thomas Muirhead (SCO) and Rachel Hannen (SCO) will compete to win Olympic medals in two unique curling competitions being staged throughout the Games.

The first competition is Mixed Curling, which will see national mixed teams of four (two male and two female athletes) compete against each other.  This begins tomorrow at 09:00 with the finals taking place on Wednesday 18 January.

After that, a Mixed Doubles curling competition will take place from 09:00 on 20 January.  This will see one male and one female athlete, from different countries, playing together as a team.  The teams will be determined by the athletes position within their team and their nations overall position following the Mixed Curling competition.  The finals will be played on Sunday 22 January.

The 15 other teams competing are Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Tomorrow Team GB plays Austria at 09:00 followed by Sweden at 16:00.

RT @CurlingScores: Glynhill Ladies International (4): Isabella Wrana 6, Maggie Wilson 1 [FINAL] https://t.co/XVyQ3XqmES #curling


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