24 March 2014
Russian Women’s National Curling Team won the first medal for Russia at the World Curling Championship
The post-Olympic World Championship has not collected all the best – only the teams of Sweden, South Korea and Russia were in the Olympic composition. But still it was necessary for the Russian team to give a worthy performance at the last tournament after finishing the European Championship in fifth position and after taking ninth place at the Olympic Games, which has become a failure for the team, contending for medals.
The Russian team confidently took the group stage of the world championship, losing only the games against Canada, against South Korea in an extra end and against the Czech team. The Russian athletes were defeated by the Chech team in the last group match, which did not prevent them from achieving a historic result – for the first time they hit the top four of the world championship. All in all, three teams performing in Olympic compositions scored eight victories in eleven games, and the Russian national team escaped a tiebreaker by the best of additional indicators.
In the playoff game for the semi-finals Russian team again met with Koreans and again, as well as in the group stage, they lost. The two teams met again in the match for third place. In the playoff Sidorova’s team was leading until the 9th end, where they lost three stones and conceded two points to the opponent. In the tenth end Russian curlers won back two stones and turned the match into the extra end where the error of the Korean curler Kim Ji-sun allowed the Sidorova’s team to win.
“The Bronze medal is also a victory for us. For the first time we have finished among the four best, and we took the bronze for the first time in our lives. Hopefully this will be a historic first step to ensure that Russia is recognized as a great power in curling as well. We believe that this is a victory for all curling fans, our whole team, the whole federation, all those who have helped us achieve the long-awaited third place”, – said Dmitry Svishchev, president of Russia’s curling federation, to the R-Sport agency.
The Swiss team skipped by Biniey Felcher took the Gold medal for the fourth time in its history. In the final they met with the Canadian team for the third time in the tournament. The Canadian team had only lost once until then – to the Swiss team. The teams also played a match for advancing to the final directly, where the Rachel Homan’s team was luckier . In the final game of the Canadians were leading 5-3 until the 8th end, which, as well as the 9th, they lost 0-3, and therefore missed the overall victory.
The Swiss team won its second consecutive victory at the world championships held in Canada. Two years ago Mirjam Ott’s Olympic team achieved success in Lethbridge. Next Women’s World Cup will be held in 2015 in Sapporo, Japan, and at the end of this week the men’s tournament gets underway in China.