USA improves to 2-2 with win over Spain at 2009 World Mixed Doubles
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The American duo of Brady and Cristin Clark evened their record with a 7-5 win over Spain Tuesday at the 2009 World Mixed Doubles Championship at the Olympic Ice Stadium in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
"It was nice to get another win," Brady Clark said. "We were adjusting to the ice on the first day, and sometimes it takes a little time. Those other teams (Estonia and Hungary) both played well and took advantage of our misses."
The Clarks (Lynnwood, Wash.) improved to 2-2 by defeating Alberto Vez and Estrella Labrador. The Spanish team took an early lead with three points to begin the match but the Clarks would pile on the offense late in the game to secure the win. Trailing 4-1 after three ends, the six-time U.S. mixed champions hung a deuce and then stole four points in the fifth and sixth ends to take the lead. Spain would score just a single in the seventh end and ran out of rocks trying to steal the eighth.
"The ice is really weight sensitive. In mixed, we use our sweepers a fair bit so we have to adjust to our natural weight," Brady said.
At 2-2, the U.S. team is tied for fourth place with Estonia, Korea and Sweden with four games remaining in the round robin. The top two teams from the three pools advance to a qualifying round to determine the semifinal teams. Spain falls to 1-4 with today's loss.
The Americans return to the ice later today to face China (4-1).
Game scores: USA 7, Spain 5; Canada 10, Bulgaria 3; Japan 10, Wales 8; New Zealand 8, Australia 5; Switzerland 7, Slovakia 5
USA 010 222 0x 7
*Spain 301 000 1x 5
*last stone in first end
Czech Rep. 3-2
New Zealand 3-1
Results and standings from the competition can be found online at http://www.curlingcortina.dolomiti.org/eng/Event/results.htm.
Mixed doubles features two players per team as opposed to the traditional four-person curling teams. Each game consists of eight ends with variations from the regular game. Each team delivers five stones per end with one player delivering the first and fifth stones and the other team member throwing the stones in between.
Prior to the start of each end, one team shall instruct the game umpire to place their team's stationary stone and the opposing team's stationary stone either as a guard outside the house bisecting the center line or on the back half of the button. The positioned stones cannot be removed until the fourth stone. Sweeping is allowed but with just two players that means either the thrower will sweep their own stone or the other team member will leave the house to sweep.