Harri Lill and Marie Turmann
Harri Lill and Marie Turmann with the Winter Games NZ trophy. Photo © WGNZ / Peter Meecham

30 Aug 2017 – Estonia are the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles curling gold medallists after a 7-6 win in this afternoon’s final against defending champions Canada.

The Estonians started strongly to hold a 5-1 lead at the halfway point, only to see their advantage evaporate after the seventh end.

Mixed Doubles has a mantra that ‘no lead is safe’, and Canada made a valiant attempt to defend their 2015 title. They scored in the next three ends go ahead 6-5 as the final end started.

The Canadian pair attempted to take out all of the Estonian stones with their final shots to prevent them scoring two, but there was still a single rock remaining as Marie Turmann lined up the last stone for Estonia.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2017
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She held her nerve to score the crucial second point they needed to secure the gold.

Her playing partner Harri Lill was relieved after the game. “We started well,” he said. “We had a really good first half, not so good second half. When we dropped behind we just had to reset and forget the previous end. It’s tough to beat Team Canada, but it was a really exciting game.”

The Canadians were gracious in defeat. “They outplayed us,” said Charley Thomas. “We didn’t play to our potential, they played well and they deserved their win. Full credit to them.”

There is no rest for Team Canada. “The next tournament back home is a big one,” said Kalynn Park. “So we’re straight back on the plane, and we’re on the ice in Winnipeg in two days time.”

In the bronze medal match Norway started strongly against Korea and didn’t let up. The teams shook hands after six ends with the Norwegians winning 10-2.

Although pleased with their bronze medal, Magnus Nedregotten said that Norway’s morning semi-final was a letdown for them.

“We didn't do the things we had said we were going to do this morning,” he said. “We made some easy mistakes where we had it in our pocket but let [Canada] in. To turn everything round we had a good chat, managed to reset things back to zero and go from there. But everything went as planned this afternoon, it was good.”

Final standings:

  1. Estonia – Marie Turmann and Harry Lill
  2. Canada – Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas
  3. Norway – Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten
  4. Korea – Hyeji Jang and Kijeong Lee

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