2022 Winter Olympics: Mixed Doubles Curling Round 11 Recap

Mixed doubles curling has shifted into high gear at the 2022 Winter Olympics as teams battled out playoff positioning at the Ice Cube.

win for Norway, a first victory for Australia, another triumph for Italy and Canada highlighted the session. United States team and Britain seated session.

Norway 6, Sweden 2

On sheet A, the team of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten took a big step towards qualifying for the playoffs as the Norwegians dominated Sweden.

Norway took the lead early, scoring twice in the first end. At half-time, Skaslien and Nedregotten saw their lead reduced to just 3-2 by the Swedish duo of Almida de Val and Oscar Erikson.

On his last shot, Skaslien played a perfect shot and stayed to place his rock between four Swedish rocks to score a point and single interceptions in the sixth and seventh ends sent Norway up 4-3.

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“It was basically win-or-no luck for (the) playoffs,” says Skaslien. ““We also need two more wins now so we have to keep fighting. We had a very good game there.”

Nedregotten added “We had some good draw strokes today and really consistent draw weight. Kristin was jumping at her best and I was playing some good strokes. It was just an all-around performance.”

Sweden fall to 5-3, but are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Australia 9, Switzerland 6

It took eight games, but Australia finally claim their first-ever curling win as the team from Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt stunned the reigning silver medalists from Switzerland.

The Aussies started strong, scoring two in the first end and stealing another in the second to quickly build an early lead. Switzerland (2-5) fought back, scoring once in the third and stealing three in the fourth as Gill narrowly missed.

In the fifth, Gill narrowly missed a takedown attempt, leaving two Swiss stones in the house to give Jenny Perret and Martin Rios a 6-3 advantage.

The Australians went for their power play in the sixth and Gill played a double out to score three to tie the game at 6-6.

In the seventh end, Perret hit with his last rock but drove too far, giving Australia a steal of two and an 8-6 lead and they scored another goal in the eighth to seal the story.

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“Our emotions about it were that we were so grateful to be here doing what we love,” Gil said. “I think we put our heart and soul into this game and to come back with a win and end our campaign on a high note is really great.”

Italy 8, China 4

Stephanie Constantini and Amos Mosaner continued their impressive play, taking their record to 7-0 as they ousted the Chinese hosts on Sheet C.

Starting the game with three points in the first end set the tone and they held a 5-1 lead after four.

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Fan SuYuan and Ling Zhi got three in the fifth before single points in the sixth, seventh and eighth confirmed another victory for the Italians.

In a D-sheet home-and-away game, Canada kept their playoff hopes alive as they survived the Czech Republic in an extra round.

Single runs in the first four innings, with two for each team, left the game well balanced heading into the second half.

The reigning Olympic champions stole a point in the fifth when Zuzana Paulova couldn’t properly execute a hit-and-stay, but they got two in the sixth on their powerplay.

Led by two before round eight, Rachel Homann played a perfect tie on the button to send the game to a ninth inning where Paulova couldn’t dislodge two Canadian rocks.

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the Czech Republic falls to 3-5 and is eliminated from the competition for the medals.

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