Three curlers move on to second round of mixed doubles

Jan. 20, 2012, 11:14 a.m. (ET)
USA's quest for Youth Olympic gold is still alive as three of four curlers survived the first round of mixed doubles at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre Curling Hall as the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games continued tonight.

USA's Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) survived an extra end in the final draw of first round action to move on with her teammate Duncan Menzies (Great Britain) to the round of 16.

"It feels great. Taylor played some super shots there that pulled me out of the rubbish a couple of times," Menzies said. Anderson was just as complimentary of her counterpart. "He did too ... in the middle he had these crazy takeouts that I didn't know what was going to happen and they all just shot out."

Anderson and Menzies defeated Eleanor Adviento (New Zealand) and Romano Meier (Switzerland) when Adviento came up short trying to draw for a single point and the win. Three of Team USA's athletes compete tomorrow in the second round. Anderson and Menzies will face Estonia's Kerli Zirk and Sweden's Rasmus Wrana at 1 p.m. Saturday. USA's Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) and Tom Howell (Brick, N.J.) also advanced and play at 9 a.m. tomorrow with their respective teammates.

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USA Curling

Terry Kolesar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 20, 2012
Three of four USA athletes advance to second round at 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games
(INNSBRUCK, Austria) – USA’s quest for Youth Olympic gold is still alive as three of four curlers survived 
the first round of mixed doubles at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre Curling Hall as the 2012 Winter 
Youth Olympic Games continued tonight.
USA’s Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) survived an extra end in the final draw of first round action to 
move on with her teammate Duncan Menzies (Great Britain) to the round of 16.
“It feels great. Taylor played some super shots there that pulled me out of the rubbish a couple of 
times,” Menzies said. Anderson was just as complimentary of her counterpart. “He did too … in the
middle he had these crazy takeouts that I didn’t know what was going to happen and they all just shot 
out.”
Anderson and Menzies defeated Eleanor Adviento (New Zealand) and Romano Meier (Switzerland)
when Adviento came up short trying to draw for a single point and the win. Three of Team USA’s 
athletes compete tomorrow in the second round. Anderson and Menzies will face Estonia’s Kerli Zirk and 
Sweden’s Rasmus Wrana at 1 p.m. Saturday. USA’s Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) and Tom 
Howell (Brick, N.J.) also advanced and play at 9 a.m. tomorrow with their respective teammates.
“That was the most exciting game ever. It was great,” Meier said. His partner agreed. “That was 
probably the best game of my life, there was real tension…” Adviento said. 
Team NZL/SUI took an early 2-0 advantage. Anderson couldn’t convert the tap-back for a deuce in the
second and NZL/SUI maintained its slim lead. Menzies threw a high-octane runback to bail out his team 
in the third end. USA/GBR ended up with four of its stones surrounding a lone SUI/NZL rock, forcing 
Adviento to throw her final stone through the house and accept the single. Menzies again had a nice 
runback in the fourth end, this time removing two stones. That set up a tap-back for the deuce by 
Anderson to tie the game at 3-3 at the halfway point. 
Team NZL/SUI was forced to a single in the fifth end and the USA/GBR duo took the lead in the sixth 
when Anderson drew through a narrow port to tap the opponent’s rock sideways to earn two. Five 
stones were circled around the button in the seventh end. Menzies runback failed and Meier was able to 
sneak through to the button. That left Anderson to try to squeeze her rock at least in for second count 
but the stone was wide, leaving Adviento with a hit or a draw for five. Her stone came up a little bit 
short and after a measurement it was determined that the Kiwi curler had earned three points for her 
team to take a 7-5 advantage into the final end. 
After Adviento crashed on the guard, Anderson used her team’s first stone of the eighth end to draw to 
the button. Menzies then drew down to Anderson’s stone and they quickly had the scoring points they 
needed in place. That was until Meier converted an angled tap-back that had to be swept from the 
moment it left his hand. Menzies answered with a high-caliber raise to remove the stone Meier placed 
while keeping two of his own stones in scoring position. Adviento placed her team’s final rock in 
between the two yellow USA/GBR rocks. Anderson managed to get past the guard and remove the 
opposing team’s rock but couldn’t keep her shooter in for three and the game went to an extra end. “She had two perfect shots … I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was nerve-wracking,” Menzies said.
The first two stones of the extra end were not as precise as Anderson and Menzies had desired and they 
didn’t have control of the four-foot. Menzies drew down into the pot of stones around the four-foot to 
snuggle his stone right on the button. Meier threw an up-weight takeout that busted up the five rocks 
and left one stone – his – in the four-foot. Menzies takeout attempt jammed and left NZL/SUI with the 
winning point still in place. Meier then peeled the guard to fully open the rings up. Anderson came down 
and tapped the NZL/SUI rock back leaving Adviento to draw to at least the top of the four-foot for the 
win but she came up well short of the rings, which gave the steal and the win to the USA/GBR.
“I was shaking. I’m a lead so I never throw last shots so I was shaking with the big shots,” said Anderson, 
16, who began curling in 2001.
“It’s a bit of a shame that a game like that is in the first round,” Meier said. “They are a really good team 
and they played really good. Sometimes they were down but they always came back. It was a terrific 
game.”
To view the team pairings and the updated bracket, please visit: www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks/.
USA line score:
*NZL/SUI 201 010 30 0 – 7 
USA/GBR 010 202 02 1 – 8 
*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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