Preview: World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
The international curling spotlight returns to the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia on Saturday 18 April when competition gets underway in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015.
The eighth edition of this event (the inaugural Championship took place in Vierumaki, Finland in 2008) will take place in the same venue that hosted the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions.
Husband and wife duo Lee and Judith McCleary will be representing Scotland after they clinched the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship title at intu Braehead in January (pictured left).
This is their first appearance at the World Mixed Doubles Championship since they reached the quarter finals in Erzurum, Turkey in 2012.
Thirty teams will be contesting the World Mixed Doubles title over three groups with Scotland in Group C alongside Belarus, Canada, England, Estonia, Hungary, Korea, Poland, Romania, and Spain.
This will be the eighth edition of the World Mixed Doubles Championship and the discipline is currently being considered for inclusion on the Olympic programme by the International Olympic Committee.
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, with some differences, including:
- 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.
In their opening round-robin game on Saturday, the Scots face Romania. This is their only game on Saturday, with their Sunday opponents being Hungary and then Spain which is to be broadcast on World Curling TV.
Round robin play continues until Thursday 23rd April.
At the same time as staging the World Mixed Doubles Championship, Sochi will also host the Men’s and Women’s World Senior Curling Championships, in the Iceberg Skating Palace Training Rink. Click to preview Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championships.
This website will feature reports and up-dates after every game involving Team Scotland, click World Mixed Doubles Curling Latest to follow progress.
Results, statistics, news, live games, videos and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
Live streaming and video highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel and on the event website. Team Scotland are currently scheduled for four live games on World Curling TV including:
Click for full live streaming schedule
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Photos © top to bottom – Tom Brydone, Leslie Ingram-Brown, WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik, Tom Brydone.