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Howell advances to round of 16 in mixed doubles

Jan. 20, 2012, 11:15 a.m. (ET)
USA's Thomas Howell moved on to the second round of the mixed doubles competition by picking up a 10-2 win this afternoon with Chinese partner Ying Yang at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre Curling Hall.

Howell (Brick, N.J.) defeated Austria's Lisa Gisler and Switzerland's Mathias Genner and will now move on to round of 16 to take on the team of Korea's Eunbi Kim and Norway's Martin Sesaker at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"It's very different to have such different nationalities playing together - people who have never played together before or played this game," said Brigitte Brunner, who coached Gisler and Genner in today's match. "I have noticed there can be great differences between them. It is special. I don't think we can say we will win or lose - what is important here is the game. I have only German-speaking teams. They may speak the same language but there are still communication problems! It's fun."

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USA Curling

Terry Kolesar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 20, 2012
USA’s Howell picks up mixed doubles win at 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games
(INNSBRUCK, Austria) – USA’s Thomas Howell moved on to the second round of the mixed doubles 
competition by picking up a 10-2 win this afternoon with Chinese partner Ying Yang at the Innsbruck 
Exhibition Centre Curling Hall.
Howell (Brick, N.J.) defeated Austria’s Lisa Gisler and Switzerland’s Mathias Genner and will now move 
on to round of 16 to take on the team of Korea’s Eunbi Kim and Norway’s Martin Sesaker at 9 a.m. 
Saturday. 
“It’s very different to have such different nationalities playing together – people who have never played 
together before or played this game,” said Brigitte Brunner, who coached Gisler and Genner in today’s
match. “I have noticed there can be great differences between them. It is special. I don’t think we can 
say we will win or lose – what is important here is the game. I have only German-speaking teams. They 
may speak the same language but there are still communication problems! It’s fun.”
Playing in his first ever mixed doubles competition, Howell and his teammate were both thrilled with the
victory. “I am very happy and excited about our performance today. He is an excellent player and I can 
learn a lot from him,” Yang said.
“I’ve never really skipped before so I was kind of being the team leader. It’s fun to get our first victory, 
especially with the language barrier. I didn’t think it would be so easy but we did well,” said Howell, who 
admitted he didn’t know the rules of the game until just before the start of the game. 
Despite not having a common language, Howell and Yang communicated well and got off to a fast start 
and kept building on the lead throughout the game. 
“I think we get along very well. Obviously there’s that language barrier…she doesn’t know very much 
English but we use hand signals and we high five each other,” said Howell, 17, who plans to start 
learning Chinese next school year. “We know the sport of curling. Curling is kind of a universal sport so 
we’re lucky that everyone knows it so we can work it out.”
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead after two ends of play, Howell’s second stone of the third end tapped the 
SUI/AUT stone behind the tee-line to sit two. With his third stone, Howell was able to draw down to the
button and lie three to further trouble the SUI/AUT team. Gisler used the last stone of the end to try to 
shake up the stones around the button but gave up a steal of two.
“I really like this game. I don’t think it is important to win, just to enjoy ourselves and we are certainly 
doing that,” Yang said. 
In the fourth end, Gisler’s double takeout only removed one and spun the USA/CHN stone into scoring 
position. Howell froze his third stone to the SUI/AUT on the back of the eight-foot to have two in scoring 
position. Yang missed the takeout and Team SUI/AUT had a chance to draw for two but Genner came up 
short of the rings.Leading 6-1, Howell and Yang had control of the fifth end as well. They got three stones around the fourfoot and protected them well. Yang had a chance for four points but her draw was heavy and she tapped 
one of their stones out of scoring position for three points instead. Trailing by eight points, Gisler and 
Genner needed to ramp up the offense. Howell, however, had other plans as he quickly got his team in 
control of the sixth end by drawing down to the top of the button to hold Team SUI/AUT to just a single.
Once again Howell put his team into good position as the seventh end began, covering most of the 
button with his first draw around the center guard. Knowing that they didn’t need to score many points, 
they opted to just take a single in the seventh place, which mathematically put the game out of reach 
for the Swiss/Austrian combo. 
“If you’re down by a lot you have a chance to come back with so many rocks in play,” said Howell, 17, 
who will make his third appearance at the USA Curling Junior Nationals later this month. “It was 
interesting, we both noticed that for a few ends every single stone was in play so that’s fun and not 
something you get to do very often.”
USA’s Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) plays in the nightcap at 7:30 tonight with Duncan Menzies (SCO) 
vs. NZL-SUI.
In mixed doubles, teams throw five stones each. One curler throws the first and fifth stone while their 
teammate delivers the three rocks in between. Throwing order can be changed throughout a match. 
Games here are eight ends in length. After delivering a stone, athletes can get up and sweep their own 
stone or have their teammate leave the house to go up and sweep the stone. Two stationary stones 
(one for each side) are placed in the house at the start of each end – one on the button and one as a 
center guard.
To view the team pairings and the bracket, please visit: www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks/.
USA line score:
SUI/AUT 000 101 0x – 2 
*CHN/USA 312 030 1x – 10 
*last stone in first end
To find out more about the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, here are several useful event links:
 World Curling Federation Winter Youth Olympic Games micro-site: 
http://innsbruck2012.curlingevents.com/
 Winter Youth Olympic Games website: http://www.innsbruck2012.com
 U.S. Olympic Committee: www.teamusa.org
 USA Curling: www.usacurl.org. Please also follow us on Twitter (@terry_usacurl) and Facebook 
(search for USA Curling) for updates throughout the event. Also on Twitter, you can get results and 
other curling-related info at @yog_curling.
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Nike and RAM Brewery and 
Restaurant. 
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 or 
608-338-9900 (cell).

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