Day 2 Roundup

Austria picked up their first win ever in a World Junior Curling Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Norway men and Russia women remain undefeated and sit at the top of their rankings after the second day of round-robin play of the World Junior Curling Championships 2014, being staged in Flims, Switzerland.

In Norway's case, their men had a 4-2 win over Russia in their third game so far, while it took a two point steal in the extra end of their game against Scotland for the Russian women to keep their unbeaten record intact with a 7-5 win after four round-robin sessions.

Meanwhile Austria's men, making their nation's debut at this level, recorded their first ever World Championship win, beating Sweden by 7-5.

The story of the rest of the day was as follows:

Women Round-robin Session 3:

Russia became the only unbeaten women's team on the rankings with a 6-4 win over Canada, while Korea, newcomers at this level, had their second win of the week with an extra end 8-7 win over hosts Switzerland.

Sweden had a narrow 4-3 victory over Scotland, while the other winners in this session were Italy, who beat Denmark by 8-6; and USA, who had a 9-4 win over the Czech Republic.

These last two results left the Czech Republic and Denmark as the only women's teams yet to record a win.

They said it:

Korea's skip Kyeong-Ae Kim after her second win so far said: “We were nervous following yesterday’s game but now we’re feeling better. In our second game (yesterday) we made some mistakes regarding the reading of the ice and with our stone choices, so I was worried about this morning’s game. This is our first time at the World Junior Curling Championships – it is a great challenge and has been a great experience so far.”

Russia's skip Alina Kovaleva, after a third win that kept her unbeaten record alive, said: “The team played quite well this morning. It was not especially important to beat Canada - every team here is good so we will have to be at our best in each game."

Canada's skip Kelsey Rocque on the strength of the field after her loss to Russia, said: "I'm not really surprised - impressed is the word I would use."

Sweden skip Isabella Wranaa, after a tight victory over Scotland, said: "We started good and then lost a bit of our high level. The final end was close, not a very good end but we managed to get it together and pull out the win."

Meanwhile Scotland skip Gina Aitken said: "They're all competitive games, so we can't say any games are easy."

Women Session 4:
Russia had two successive steals, one point in the tenth end to level the game at 5-5 and then two points in the extra end for a 7-5 victory as they overcame Scotland to record their fourth successive win.

The game between Korea and Canada also went to an extra end and Korea won by 8-6. Elsewhere in the session, USA beat Denmark by 8-2 in just seven ends, to leave Denmark still looking for their first win.

Switzerland beat Italy by 7-4 while the Czech Republic beat Sweden by 7-2 to record their first win so far.

They said it:

After her team’s first win, Czech Republic's skip Zuzana Hajkova said: “It’s a strange feeling because we thought we were going to be in a better situation right now. I think we are more confident having played in this event before. The last two years we thought we would end up in the middle of the standings. This year we’ve come with the belief that we can be the winners - that confidence is something I think we need to take into other games.”

Switzerland's skip Corina Mani after her team's third win said: “I think my team performed very well tonight. I think they have been getting better each game we play. It feels great to have a lot of support here in Flims, I love it. It gives us a lot of confidence.”

USA's lead Anna Hopkins explained her team's key to success. She said: "Focus and communication."

Men Round-robin Session 3:

Norway's victory by 4-2 over Russia means that they go into Friday's third day of round-robin play as the only undefeated men's team after three round-robin sessions.

Elsewhere this afternoon, Austria had their first-ever victory at this level - a 7-5 win over Sweden, while two other teams, Canada and USA, also had their first wins of the week.

Canada beat previously unbeaten Italy by 8-7, while USA had a 6-4 win over China, who are now the only men's team without a win.

In the fifth game of the session, defending champions Scotland had their first loss, inflicted by Switzerland, who beat them by 8-6.

They said it:

After his nation’s first ever win at this level, Austrian skip Sebastian Wunderer said: “I really don’t know how we won that game. We played really good after the fifth end, it just seemed to happen. From this Championship we hope to take a lot of experience and build new friendships, but our main goal is to qualify directly for next year’s World Juniors so that we don’t have to go to the European Curling Challenge, that would be cool.”

USA second, Luc Violette, who at fourteen years old, is the youngest player at the Championship. After his team's first win he said: “It’s key to get a win early and get off that losing streak. It’s been great fun though. We had a tough first day but we’ve got over that and it’s only going to get better from here.”

After his team’s first win, Canadian skip Braden Calvert said: “That was definitely a big comeback. Today we got a break and we’ll definitely take it. It’s been an unbelievable experience so far. Flims is such a beautiful place and their hospitality has been outstanding. It's been fun.”

Scotland's defending champion skip, Kyle Smith, analysed his team's first loss. He said: "Their skip played very well, he made a lot of good doubles and draws, but it wasn't our best performance."

RESULTS & STANDINGS

WOMEN
Results
Session 3:
Russia 6, Canada 4; Scotland 3, Sweden 4; Korea 8, Switzerland 7 (extra end); Italy 8, Denmark 6; Czech Republic 4, USA 9.

Session 4: USA 8, Denmark 2; Italy 4, Switzerland 7; Sweden 2, Czech Republic 7; Russia 7, Scotland 5 (extra end); Korea 8, Canada 6 (extra end).

Standings
Women’s standings after four sessions:

1. Russia 4-0
2. Korea 3-1
2. Switzerland 3-1
2. USA 3-1
5. Canada 2-2
5. Sweden 2-2
7. Czech Republic 1-3
7. Italy 1-3
7. Scotland 1-3
10. Denmark 0-4

MEN
Results
Session 3:
Switzerland 8, Scotland 6; Russia 2, Norway 4; Canada 8, Italy 7; USA 6, China 4; Austria 7, Sweden 5.

Standings
Men’s standings after three sessions:

1. Norway 3-0
2. Italy 2-1
2. Russia 2-1
2. Scotland 2-1
2. Switzerland 2-1
6. Austria 1-2
6. Canada 1-2
6. Sweden 1-2
6. USA 1-2
10. China 0-3

The medal games for both junior men and junior women, take place on Wednesday March 5, 2014.

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