Curling mixed doubles starts first with Chinese players playing against Switzerland

2022-06-29 0 By

The mixed doubles curling competition of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games will begin at the National Aquatics Center (icecube) on Feb 2.It is also the earliest event of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and Chinese curlers will take the lead.Four races will be held on four tracks at the same time, with eight teams battling each other.China and Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States and Norway and the Czech Republic will play each other.The mixed doubles event became an official event at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Canada, Switzerland and Norway finished in the top three of the eight-team competition, while China failed to achieve its pre-race goal of finishing on the podium.The Beijing Winter Olympics has expanded the number of teams to 10, with Italy and Canada joining the eight that showed up on day one.More teams mean more games and longer schedules.The 10 teams included the top seven teams in the world: Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the United States, China, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Italy were ranked 10th and 13th respectively. Australia, ranked 14th, was competing in mixed doubles for the first time at the Winter Olympics.China paired Ling Zhi and Fan Suyuan for the mixed doubles.The pair, who have no previous experience of competing as a team, were selected through a comprehensive evaluation in January 2022 after the domestic Squad selection for the Winter Olympics.Unlike many other curling veterans with multiple Winter Olympics experience, the pair will be playing in their first Winter Olympics.The mixed doubles competition will last seven days, with the gold medal decided on February 8.