Day 1: Roundup

Finland made it two wins from two in the opening day of the WMDCC 2015 Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Finland, Norway and Sweden finished the first day of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 with two wins from two in Group B of the round robin being played in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

It was however Group A who opened this year’s Championship in the morning session of play, which saw Turkey, Japan, hosts Russia, USA and Denmark pick up wins.

Turkey, playing at this Championship for only the second time in their history, defeated experienced Australian teammates Kim Forge and Steve Johns 7-6.

On the next sheet, Japan were behind 6-4 going into the eighth and final end of their game against Czech Republic, but managed to score four points and win by 8-6.

Hosts Russia meanwhile delighted the home crowd as they defeated France 10-1, stealing seven points in the last three ends.

USA’s Korey Dropkin made a winning return to the Ice Cube Curling Centre following his appearance at the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships. Along with teammate Sarah Anderson, they managed to beat Slovakia 7-3.

After this game, Dropkin said: "It's pretty important to get out there and get a good start to the week. It was a good opportunity to get used to the ice - it was a little bit different to what it was like during practice yesterday, but it was a good game for us, a good win."

The only other game of this session saw Denmark defeat defending champions Switzerland who are represented this year by Marc Pfister and Carole Howald.

Denmark’s Denise and Oliver Dupont secured their win after opening with a score of two points before stealing five points in the next three ends on their way to an 8-4 victory.

Group B took to the ice for the first time after an entertaining opening ceremony involving hundreds of local performers and schoolchildren in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 people.

The only two Olympians in the field went head to head in this session - New Zealand’s Dan Mustapic and Finland’s Olympic silver medallist Kalle Kiiskinen, both of whom participated in the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

It was however Finland’s Kalle and his sister Katja who emerged winners as they defeated New Zealand’s Dan Mustapic and his teammate Marisa Jones 11-3.

Following their win, Finland’s Katja Kiiskinen said: “It's always important to start with a win because you're still trying to find your way around the ice. We want to be in the play-offs but we will just take it one game at a time. I don't see why we can't do well in the play-offs if we just find our game - the way we played in Finland.”

Last year’s runners up, Camilla Johansson and Per Noreen from Sweden, opened their account with a 9-4 win against Slovenia while 2013 World Mixed Doubles fourth place finishers Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien from Norway defeated Italy 7-5.

Other results in Group B’s first session saw Austria defeat Brazil 7-5 while Latvia beat China 8-3.

Group B returned to the ice later in the evening where Finland, Norway and Sweden picked up their second wins of the day.

Finland defeated Austria 11-2 while Norway won 8-6 against New Zealand and Sweden beat Brazil 7-0.

The other two games of the evening session saw China pick up their first win, 8-3 against Slovenia, while on the next sheet Italy defeated Latvia 9-0, for their first win too.

Like Group A, the Group C teams only played once today.

Scotland picked up the biggest win of this session as they defeated Romania 16-0 while Estonia opened with a 10-1 win against England.

On the other sheets, Spain won 11-7 against Belarus and Korea beat Poland 8-4

2013 World Mixed Doubles champions Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss didn’t get the start they wanted as they lost 9-7 to Canada’s Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas.

After this game, Canada's Charley Thomas reflected on their performance. He said: "We're pretty happy. We've got a little way to go in terms of performance, but it's a good start for us. We just need to be a little sharper next time and keep it going."

More quotes from the athletes can be found here: http://wmdcc2015.worldcurling.net/day-1-quotes

A full round-up of the daily action from the World Senior Curling Championships 2015, also taking place in Sochi, will be available following the conclusion of the day’s games on the event website: http://wscc2015.worldcurling.net

RESULTS
Group A
Session 1:
Australia 6, Turkey 7; Czech Republic 6, Japan 8; Russia 10, France 1; United States 7, Slovakia 3; Denmark 8, Switzerland 4.

Group B
Session 1:
Norway 7, Italy 5; Sweden 9, Slovenia 4; Brazil 5, Austria 7; China 3, Latvia 8; New Zealand 3, Finland 11.

Session 2: Slovenia 3, China 8; Italy 9, Latvia 0; New Zealand 6, Norway 8; Finland 11, Austria 2; Sweden 7, Brazil 0.

Group C
Session 1:
Belarus 7, Spain 11; Canada 9, Hungary 7; England 1, Estonia 10; Scotland 16, Romania 0; Korea 8, Poland 4.

STANDINGS (W-L)
Group A (after one session of round robin play):

1. Denmark 1-0
1. Japan 1-0
1. Russia 1-0
1. Turkey 1-0
1. USA 1-0
6. Australia 0-1
6. Czech Republic 0-1
6. France 0-1
6. Switzerland 0-1
6. Slovakia 0-1

Group B (after two sessions of round robin play):
1.Finland 2-0
1. Norway 2-0
1. Sweden 2-0
4. Austria 1-1
4. China 1-1
4. Italy 1-1
4. Latvia 1-1
8. Brazil 0-2
8. New Zealand 0-2
8. Slovenia 0-2

Group C (after one session of round robin play):
1. Canada 1-0
1. Estonia 1-0
1. Korea 1-0
1. Scotland 1-0
1. Spain 1-0
6. Belarus 0-1
6. England 0-1
6. Hungary 0-1
6. Poland 0-1
6. Romania 0-1

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

Live Streaming / Video Highlights: Live streaming and video highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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