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WCF Newsletter, December 2001 

Media Relations Officer: Håkan Sundström
IDROTTENS HUS  S -123 87 FARSTA   E-mail: hakan.sundstrom@curling.rf.se
Fax: +46 8 604 70 78  * Telephone: +46 8 605 64 34

All teams now nominated for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City

After the American Olympic trials were finished last week-end at the Olympic curling arena in Ogden, Utah all the 20 Olympic curling teams are now qualified or nominated. There are many well known teams with great records of international championships.

Four time World Champions and Olympic bronze medallists in Nagano 1998, four times European champions: Swedish women Elisabet Gustafson, Katarina Nyberg, Louise Marmont and Elisabeth Persson.

Twice World champions and twice European champions: Norway´s women Dordi Nordby and Hanne Woods, Swedish men Peter Lindholm, Tomas Nordin, Magnus Swartling and Peter Narup.

Once World champion and six times European champion: Andrea Schöpp of Germany

Once World champion and five times European champion: Hammy McMillan of Scotland, Great Britain.

Once World champion and once European champion: Warwick Smith, Ewan MacDonald and Peter Loudon of Scotland, Great Britain.

Once world champion: Kelly Law, Julie Skinner, Georgina Wheatcroft, Diane Nelson and Cheryl Noble of Canada, Markus Eggler of Switzerland.

With this newsletter I enclose a list of all the competitors. However, there might be a change of team from France.

Expected boost to global broadcast of 2002 Olympic Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee, IOC, has announced that the 2002 Salt Lake Games could set new records for world-wide TV viewing of an Olympic Winter Games. Research conducted among rights holders has shown a significant audience increase with a sharp rise since the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, in prime time and live coverage. It is estimated that 3,9 billion people around the world have access to television and expectations are that around 3 billion of these will be tuning in to watch the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, according to the IOC.

The host broadcaster International Sports Broadcasting will feed over 160 countries with around 900 hours of the Salt Lake games. A significant increase over Nagano´s 600 hours of host broadcast coverage.

For the first time African broadcast union URTNA will take the Olympic Winter Games and live coverage will be shown in Latin and South America, Singapore, India and South Africa.

For further information about the TV of the Olympic games, please contact Karen Webb +41 21 621 6415 or +41 79 615 1339.

Future Olympic curlers to play the World Junior B Championships

There are altogether 15 teams from 10 countries to play the World Junior B Championships in Baden, Germany January 2 - 6, 2002. The teams are playing for medals but of course the main thing is to finish among the two best to qualify for the World Junior Championships in Kelowna, Canada March 23-31, 2002.

There are seven teams in the junior women section: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Korea. In the junior men´s section following eight teams are applicated: Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway and Russia.

After the 2001 World Junior Championships in Ogden, USA following nations are qualified for the WJCC in Kelowna: Canada men and women, Denmark men, Germany men, Japan men and women, Norway women, Russia women, Scotland men and women, Sweden men and women, Switzerland men and women, USA men and women.

Korea and Japan Pacific champions and qualified for Ford WCC in Bismarck

The 2001 Pacific Curling Championships were hosted for the first time in Korea, in the town of Jeonju. Ten teams from five nations participated and when the championships were finished the women´s team from Korea surprised everybody to beat Japan 7-6 in the final. This will be the first time a team from Korea will play the World Championships. The Korean team members are Mi-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jung Lee, Mi-Sund Shin, Ji-Hyun Park and Jin-Sock Jeong.

However, in the men´s section Japan secured their place in the Ford WCC after beating New Zealand 6-5 after an extra end in the final. Japanese skip Hiroaki Kashiwagi executed a hit and stay with his last stone to win the game for Japan and his team mates Kazuto Yanagisawa, Jun Nakayama, Keito Yanagisawa and Takanori Ichimura. This Japanese boys were rookies at the Ford WCC in Glasgow 2000 and have also international experience of several World Junior championships.

2002-08-14

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