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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