World Junior Curling Championships 2014 Preview
With the Olympic medals handed out, the championship curling season now moves on to Switzerland, and the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships, being hosted for the second time in the Wauldhaus Arena, Flims.
Kyle Smith’s (right) men will be representing Scotland as defending world champions, while Gina Aitken (below) leads a women’s Scottish team who are making their debut at this level.
Altogether ten women’s and ten men’s teams will compete. The ten women’s teams taking part are: Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Korea, defending champions Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
The ten men’s teams are: Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
The Scottish men’s line-up is skip Kyle Smith, third Thomas Muirhead, second player Kyle Waddell, lead Cameron Smith and alternate Duncan Menzies while the Scottish women are skip Gina Aitken, third Naomi Brown, second player Rowena Kerr, lead Rachel Hannen and alternate Mhairi Baird.
Round-robin play starts on Wednesday 26th and the women are first on the ice, with Scotland facing Korea – a nation making its debut at this level – in their opener. They then face Denmark in the afternoon session. In between these games, the men face Austria, another nation making its debut at this level, and then USA.
The round-robin concludes on Sunday 2nd March with the medal games taking place on Wednesday 5th March.
This website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving the Scottish teams.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the Championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
The live coverage schedule is available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website
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Photos: © WCF/Richard Gray 2013