P.E.I.’s Emily Gray gets paired with an Estonian curler in mixed doubles play at the Winter Youth Olympic Games
© Photo courtesy WCF/Richard Gray
P.E.I.’s Emily Gray, right, and her Canadian mixed curling teammates celebrate after winning the bronze medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, on Wednesday. Other members of the team, from left, are skip Thomas Scoffin, third Corryn Brown and second Derek Oryniak.
Innsbruck, Austria — A true international mixed doubles curling competition gets underway here today at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The 64 curlers from the 16 countries that wrapped up play in the mixed team competition on Wednesday get to compete in this doubles event.
No one will be paired with their own country mate.
Prince Edward Island’s Emily Gray, who was lead for Team Canada’s bronze medallists in the mixed team competition, has been matched with Estonian skip Robert-Kent Paell.
While Gray said her emphasis will be on having fun, she admits a second Youth Olympic medal would be nice.
Gray and Paell play their first game in the single elimination competition against Anastasia Moskaleva from Russia and Tsukasa Horigome from Japan today at 11 a.m. AT.
Thomas Scoffin, who skipped Team Canada to the mixed gold medal, has been matched with Kelsi Heath from New Zealand.
They were in the opening draw of the mixed doubles competition early this morning, Atlantic time.
Team Canada’s third stone, Corryn Brown, competes with Martin Reichel from host Austria in the 7:30 a.m. AT draw, and Canada’s second stone, Derek Oryniak, is in the final draw of the day at 2:30 p.m. AT as a teammate of Frederike Manner from Germany.
Round 16 and quarter-final competition goes on Saturday. The semifinals are Sunday at 9 a.m. AT and the gold- and bronze-medal games start four hours later.
If Canadian team members advance, the earliest any of them could meet would be in the semifinals.
Gray and her Canadian teammate were supposed to receive their bronze medals on Thursday.
However, the medals ceremony in the Innsbruck city centre was postponed after workers found an aerial bomb from the Second World War at a nearby construction site.
The disposal of the 250-kilogram bomb was still ongoing at the time the ceremony was scheduled to start, which forced the event’s organizers to postpone it until today.
According to the Austria Press Agency, about 10 similar bombs have been found over the past 20 years in the same area near Innsbruck’s main train station.
from The Canadian Press.