March 10, 2008

Goodbye to Ostersund

Don't they brush up well! The World Junior Champions look good at the final banquet. Stars indeed, all five of them! L-R: Eve Muirhead, Kerry Barr, Kay Adams, Vicki Adams and Sarah Macintyre.

Chris Plys and Oskar Eriksson, the Professor, in the Junior Men's final.

Kristian Rolvsfjord and William Dion in the Bronze Medal game.

The Swedes may have been beaten on the day, but I think we will see more of these young men in the years ahead. Did I mention they won the Globe Trophy at Dumfries last season?

The winners of the Sportsmanship awards were Anneline Skarsmoen of Norway and Matt Hamilton of the USA.

Cissi Ostlund waves goodbye. Her team beat the Scots twice, but they came up short in the final. Such is curling. Good team though, disappointed I would guess, but pleased that they have kept Sweden in the top ten without the need to qualify for next season's World Juniors which will be the test event in the Olympic venue in Vancouver.

Liudmila Privivkova (right), Curling Today's featured curler of the year, is off to Vernon now for the World Women's Championship. Yulia Svetova was the alternate on the Russian team at Ostersund. They would be disappointed to miss out on the bronze medals.

So that's it from the World Juniors. All the results and standings from the event can be found at You can find the WCF news reports and more photos here. And Jim Law's reports are on the RCCC website here.

Now for me it's on to the World Seniors and the World Mixed Doubles in Vierumaki, Finland. Play there has already started, and by Sunday evening Graeme Adam and his team had won two straight, as had Kirsty Letton's side. In the MDs, Dillan Perras and Judith Carr had won one and lost one.

Tomorrow (make that today, Monday) is spent travelling. I'll try pick up here on Tuesday. I wonder if there are mooses in Finland?

Pics above are by Bob. Tom Andrews kindly took the one below! The moose is on the left.

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